|• Arabic||خربة الكرمل|
|• Also spelled||Khirbat al-Karmil (official)|
|• Type||Village Council|
al-Karmil (Arabic: خربة الكرمل) is a Palestinian village located twelve kilometers south of Hebron. The village is in the Hebron Governorate Southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the village had a population of 3,741 in 2007. The primary health care facilities for the village are designated by the Ministry of Health as level 2.
There are three references to al-Karmil in the Bible. "Carmel" is mentioned as a city of Judah, also as the place where Saul erects a monument after the expedition against the Amalek and where Nabal the Carmelite resides.
After the Bar Kochba revolt Khirbet al-Karmil was used as a Roman garrison town. The Jews of the town being uncomfortable with the Roman presence moved their settlement 2 km southeast, occupying a hilltop ridge. The new Jewish settlement prospered until the Persian army of Chosroes forced the Roman garrison of Heraclius's army to quit Palestine. The Persian army was, in its turn, shortly destroyed by the Rashidun Caliphate.
With a lack of market for their wine, the Jewish settlement declined with the synagogue finally being abandoned in the 9th Century. The abandoned synagogue is one of the best preserved ancient synagogues in the West Bank.
- 2007 PCBS Census Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.120.
- West Bank Health care
- Joshua ch xv verse 55, 1 Samuel ch xv verse 12 and 1 Samuel ch xxv
- Nabal and Abigail
- Calmet's Dictionary of the Holy Bible, 1832. p 280
- Murphy-O'Connor, Jerome (2008) The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700 Oxford University Press US, ISBN 0-19-923666-6 p 351
- le Stange, Guy. (1890). Palestine Under the Moslems p.488.
- Al Karmil Village (Fact Sheet)
- Al Karmil Village Profile
- Al Karmil Village Areal Photo
- The priorities and needs for development in Al Karmil village based on the community and local authorities’ assessment
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