A 1596 census revealed a population of 99 in the village. By 1945 this had increased to 1,140. Jaba' had an elementary school for boys, which was founded by the Ottomans in 1885. Mosaic remains, tombs cut into the rock, and other architectural features remain.
Mülinen, Egbert Friedrich von 1908, Beiträge zur Kenntnis des Karmels "Separateabdruck aus der Zeitschrift des Deutschen Palëstina-Vereins Band XXX (1907) Seite 117-207 und Band XXXI (1908) Seite 1-258." ("Dscheba": p. 283 ff. )