Yafa an-Naseriyye

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Yafa an-Naseriyye
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew יָפָא, יָפִיעַ
 • Also spelled Yafia (official)
Yafa (unofficial)
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic يافة الناصره
Yafa an-Naseriyye is located in Israel
Yafa an-Naseriyye
Yafa an-Naseriyye
Coordinates: 32°41′8.88″N 35°16′28.29″E / 32.6858000°N 35.2745250°E / 32.6858000; 35.2745250Coordinates: 32°41′8.88″N 35°16′28.29″E / 32.6858000°N 35.2745250°E / 32.6858000; 35.2745250
District Northern
 • Type Local council (from 1960)
 • Total 4,087 dunams (4.087 km2 or 1.578 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Total 16,900
Name meaning Jaffa of Nazareth

Yafa an-Naseriyye (Arabic: يافة الناصره‎, "Jaffa of Nazareth", also Yafa, Yafia or Yafi Arabic: يافا, يفيع‎, Hebrew: יָפָא, יָפִיעַ) is an Arab local council located in the Lower Galilee, Israel. It forms part of the metropolitan area of Nazareth, also an Arab locality. Declared a local council in 1960, Yafa had a population of 16,200 in 2005, approximately 70% of whom are Muslim and 30% Christian.


Yafa has been identified as the ancient town of Japhia, mentioned in the Book of Joshua as a border town of Zebulun (Joshua 19:12). Local medieval tradition holds that Zebedee and his two sons, James and John lived in Yafa.[1]

In 1881, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described it as a "moderate-sized village in a strong position on the spur running from Nazareth down to Jebata. It has a well to the north side and a second in the valley to the north-east."[2]

At the time of the 1931 census, Yafa, (including Arab el Ghazzalin), had 312 occupied houses and a population of 833, of whom 456 were Muslims and 377 Christians.[3]

In 1948 Yafa was captured by the Israeli army during Operation Dekel which was launched in July.[4] The remaining population were put under Martial Law which remained in fore until 1966. A substantial portion of Yafa's population today are the descendents of internally displaced Palestinians from the neighbouring village of Ma'alul which was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. People from Ma'alul participated in the local elections in Yafa under the banner of the "Ma'alul refugees' party" with platform also focused on issues of interest or concern to wider population as a way of attracting political support from local parties.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Edgar Johnson Goodspeed (December 1900). "From Haifa to Nazareth". The Biblical World 16 (6): 407–413. doi:10.1086/472713. JSTOR 3136947. 
  2. ^ Conder and Kichener, 1881, p. 280
  3. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 76
  4. ^ Morris, Benny (1987) The birth of the Palestinian refugee problem, 1947-1949. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-33028-9. p.200.
  5. ^ Nihad Bokae'e (February 2003). "Palestinian Internally Displaced Persons inside Israel:Challenging the Solid Structures". Badil. 


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