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This article is about the Israeli Arab town. For the Israeli journalist, see Hanna Zemer.
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew זמר
 • ISO 259 Zemr
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic زيمر
Zemer is located in Israel
Coordinates: 32°22′1.28″N 35°2′7.05″E / 32.3670222°N 35.0352917°E / 32.3670222; 35.0352917Coordinates: 32°22′1.28″N 35°2′7.05″E / 32.3670222°N 35.0352917°E / 32.3670222; 35.0352917
District Central
Founded 1988 (merger)
 • Type Local council (from 1988)
 • Total 8,203 dunams (8.203 km2 or 3.167 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 5,700
Name meaning Khurbet Ibthan; meaning "Ruin of gardens, or of soft soil"[2]

Zemer (Hebrew: זמר‎; Arabic: زيمر‎) is an Arab local council in the Center District of Israel. It is located in the Arab Triangle area, between Baqa-Jatt and Bat Hefer on Road 574. Zemer is the result of a merger of four villages – Yama, Bir al-Sika, Ibtan and Marja - in 1988


Yama and Ibtan appeared in Ottoman tax registers compiled in 1596, in the Nahiyas of Qaqun and Jabal Sami, respectively, of the Nablus Liwa. Yama had a population of 18 Muslim households and 5 bachelors, while Ibtan was indicated as empty even though it paid taxes.[3]

In 1882, in the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine, only Khurbet Ibthan was noted, with "traces of ruins and a well."[4]

Prior to 1948, all four villages were administratively related to modern-day Palestinian town of Deir al-Ghusun.[5]

Zemer's population at the end of 2009 was 5,700,[1] and its jurisdiction is 8,203 dunams.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2011-05-30. 
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 185
  3. ^ Wolf-Dieter Hütteroth and Kamal Abdulfattah (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. p. 127,138. 
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 196
  5. ^ Tulkarm District Stats from Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine (1970) Hadawi, Sami. The Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
  6. ^ "Local Authorities in Israel 2005, Publication #1295 - Municipality Profiles - Zemer" (in Hebrew). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-09.