Kafr Bara

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Kafr Bara
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew כַּפְר בַּרָא (Arabic)
 • ISO 259 Káper Báraˀ
 • Also spelled Kafar Bara (official)
Kfar Bara (unofficial)
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر برا
Kafr Bara is located in Israel
Kafr Bara
Kafr Bara
Coordinates: 32°7′50″N 34°58′19″E / 32.13056°N 34.97194°E / 32.13056; 34.97194Coordinates: 32°7′50″N 34°58′19″E / 32.13056°N 34.97194°E / 32.13056; 34.97194
District Central
Government
 • Type Local council
Area
 • Total 9,387 dunams (9.387 km2 or 3.624 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 2,600
Name meaning Khirbet Kafr Bara, "The ruin of the village of Bara"[1]

Kafr Bara or Kfar Bara (Arabic: كفر برا‎; Hebrew: כַּפְר בַּרָא‎) is an Israeli-Arab local council in Israel's Center District. The small town, located near the Green Line, is often considered a part of the Little Triangle along with Kafr Qasim and Jaljulia.

History[edit]

Pottery and glass dating from the Roman period (second century CE) and early Byzantine period (fourth century and beginning of fifth century CE), have been found in a burial cave at Kafr Bara.[2] Archaeological excavations have revealed remains, apparently from a rural settlement from the Byzantine and Early Islamic periods (sixth–ninth centuries CE).[3]

In 1596, Kafr Bara appeared in Ottoman tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 20 Muslim households, who paid taxes on wheat, barley, summercrops, and goats and/or beehives.[4]

In 1945 the population of Kafr Bara was 150, all Arabs, who owned 3,959 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[5] Of this, 10 dunams were for citrus and bananas, 12 were plantations and irrigable land, 1,841 used for cereals,[6] while 14 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[7]

Demographics[edit]

As of the Census of 2008 it had 2,800 people, 99.8% of whom were Muslim.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 234
  2. ^ Masarwa, 2008, Kafr Bara Final Report
  3. ^ Abu Fana, 2008, Kafr Bara Final Report
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 131
  5. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 75
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 126
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 176

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