al-Ramadin

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al-Ramadin
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic الرماضين
 • Also spelled Arab al-Ramadin (official)
al-Ramadin is located in the Palestinian territories
al-Ramadin
al-Ramadin
Location of al-Ramadin within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°22′33″N 34°54′19″E / 31.37583°N 34.90528°E / 31.37583; 34.90528Coordinates: 31°22′33″N 34°54′19″E / 31.37583°N 34.90528°E / 31.37583; 34.90528
Governorate Hebron
Founded 1948
Government
 • Type Village Council (from 1997)
 • Head of Municipality Abdulkarim al-Sho'ur[1]
Area
 • Jurisdiction 7,750 dunams (7.8 km2 or 3.0 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 3,281

Al-Ramadin (Arabic: الرماضين‎) is a Palestinian village located 24 kilometers southwest of Hebron and includes the smaller village of 'Arab al-Fureijat to the southeast.[2] The village is part the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the two villages had a combined population of 3,853 in 2007.[3] The principal families are al-Sho'ur, al-Zagharna, al-Fureijat, al-Daraghmeh, al-Raghmat, al-Mlihat and al—Masamra.[2]

Al-Ramadin and 'Arab al-Fureijat were established by Bedouins who fled their traditional homeland in the vicinity of Beersheba in the Negev for the suburbs of ad-Dhahiriya. The name "al-Ramadin" derives from "Ramadan," the patriarch of the main Bedouin tribe that founded the modern village after the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. A nine-member village council was appointed by the Palestinian Authority to administer al-Ramadin and Arab al-Fureijat in 1997.[2]

There are three active mosques in al-Ramadin, as well as three historic Christian edifices including the al-Fadi Monastery and al-Asela Church.[2] The primary health care facilities for the village are designated by the Ministry of Health as level 2.[4]

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