Araqah

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Araqah
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicعرقه
 • Latinal-Araqa (official)
’Araqa (unofficial)
Araqah as seen from the Shahak Industrial Park
Araqah as seen from the Shahak Industrial Park
Araqah is located in the Palestinian territories
Araqah
Araqah
Location of Araqah within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°28′16″N 35°12′02″E / 32.47111°N 35.20056°E / 32.47111; 35.20056Coordinates: 32°28′16″N 35°12′02″E / 32.47111°N 35.20056°E / 32.47111; 35.20056
Palestine grid169/208
StateState of Palestine
GovernorateJenin
Government
 • TypeVillage council
Population
 (2006)
 • Total2,124
Name meaningThe cliffs[1]

Araqah (Arabic: عرقه‎) is a Palestinian town in the Jenin Governorate in the Northern area of the West Bank, located 15 kilometers West of Jenin. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of over 2,124 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2]

History[edit]

Pottery remains from the late Roman,[3] Byzantine,[3][4] early Muslim and the Middle Ages have been found here.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

Pottery remains from the early Ottoman era have also been found here.[3]

In 1870, Victor Guérin described it as a small village, situated on a small hill, and divided into two quarters.[5]

In 1882 the PEF's Survey of Western Palestine found that it was "a village of moderated size on a hill side, with a well to the south."[6]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, the village had a population of 168 Muslims,[7] increasing slightly in the 1931 census to 219 Muslims, with 36 houses.[8]

In 1944/5 statistics the population was 350 Muslims,[9] with a total of 5,675 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[10] Of this, 462 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 1,191 dunams for cereals,[11] while 27 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[12]

Jordanian era[edit]

After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, Araqah came under Jordanian rule.

The Jordanian census of 1961 found 569 inhabitants.[13]

Post-1967[edit]

Araqah has been under Israeli occupation along with the rest of the West Bank since the 1967 Six-Day War.

On 27 April 2015 an eighteen-year-old youth from the village died after being shot the previous day by Israeli soldiers. The shooting occurred during clashes near the West Bank Barrier[14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 144
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Jenin Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. ^ a b c d Zertal, 2016, p. 215
  4. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 750
  5. ^ Guérin, 1874, p. 224
  6. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 44
  7. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 30
  8. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 67
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 98
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 148
  13. ^ Government of Jordan, Department of Statistics, 1964, p. 25
  14. ^ Palestinian Man Shot in West Bank Dies of Wounds Ha'aretz 27/4/2015

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