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Al-Birwa was a Palestinian Arab village, located 10.5 kilometers east of Acre. Mentioned by Arab geographers in the 11th century, it was known to the Crusaders as Broet. Al-Birwa was captured from the Mamluks by the Ottomans in the 16th century. In the 19th century, it had a mosque, a church, and an elementary school for boys. A school for girls was built during the British Mandate. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, al-Birwa was occupied by the Israel Defense Forces. The inhabitants fled to nearby villages or refugee camps in Lebanon. Kibbutz Yas'ur and Moshav Ahihud were established on the lands of al-Birwa in 1949 and 1950.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of the Palestinians (2005)

by Philip Mattar

attorney, politician 1939– al-Birwa Born in the Galilee, Muhammad Mi'ari was a leading figure in the pan-Arab nationalist al-ARD movement, which was the main noncommunist movement active among the PALESTINIAN CITIZENS OF ...

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