Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam

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Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew שִׁבְּלִי-אֻם אל-עַ'נַם
 • ISO 259 Šibbli - ʔumm ˀel-Ránem (Israeli pronunciation)
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic الشبلي - أم الغنم
View of Shibli
View of Shibli
Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam is located in Israel
Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam
Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam
Coordinates: 32°41′03″N 35°23′49″E / 32.68417°N 35.39694°E / 32.68417; 35.39694Coordinates: 32°41′03″N 35°23′49″E / 32.68417°N 35.39694°E / 32.68417; 35.39694
District Northern
Founded 1992
Government
 • Type Local council (from 1992)
Area
 • Total 2,879 dunams (2.879 km2 or 1.112 sq mi)
Population (2005)
 • Total 4,800

Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam (Arabic: الشبلي - أم الغنم‎, Hebrew: שִׁבְּלִי-אֻם אל-עַ'נַם) is a Bedouin Arab town at the foot of Mount Tabor in Israel's North District. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, Shibli–Umm al-Ghanam had a population of 4,800 inhabitants in 2005.[1]

The town was formed in 1992 as a result of a municipal merger of the villages of Shibli and Umm al-Ghanam.

the village of the Bedouin Tribe Arab Al-Sbaih is lived by Bedouins who belong to the clan Shibli, Shibli is one of the 7 clans that belong to the main tribe Arab Al-Sbaih and the tribe Arab Al-Sbaih belongs to Bani-Khalid tribe, one of the largest tribes in middle east. 90% of the locals have the surname Shibli, others refused to change it and kept it Sbaih. the Bedouins in the village speak Arabic with the Bedouin Arabic accent and they tend to keep their traditions and culture.

The village is admitted as a tourist village by Israeli government, The Bedouins who live in the village are hospitable and friendly to visitors.

in 2003 the village was rewarded as the cleanest Arabic village in Afula city region, in 2004 they managed to get top 2. later on the mayor refused to participate, saying publicly "let other villages have the opportunity to win".

in 2010 the regional council of the village suffered economically but by the end of the year the mayor managed to solve the problem by offering the high school for rent for 4 years privately.


Shibli High School is attended by 270 Arab students. Special educational programs introduced at the school have boosted the Bagrut matriculation pass rate and percentage of graduates attending university.[2]

Hassan Saida of Shibli–Umm Al-Ghanam owns a collection of small cast lead books featuring what is believed to be the first-ever portrait of Jesus. The books are thought to have been created by followers of Jesus in the first decades after his crucifixion. The books, containing cryptic messages in Hebrew and ancient Greek, have been in Saida's family since they were found by his great-grandfather.[3]

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