|• Arabic||بيت فوريك|
|• Latin||Bayt Furik (official)|
|State||State of Palestine|
|Name meaning||The house of Furik|
Beit Furik (Arabic: بيت فوريك) is a Palestinian town located nine kilometers southeast of Nablus, in the Nablus Governorate in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 10,339 inhabitants in 2007.
Beit Furik is located 8.24 km south east of Nablus. It is bordered by Al Jiftlik to the east, Ar Rajman, Yanun, and 'Awarta to the south, Rujeib and Nablus to the west, and Beit Dajan, Salim and Deir al Hatab to the north.
Neubauer, and others, suggested that it was the place called Ferka in the Talmud, but Félix-Marie Abel suggested locating that at Farkha. It has also been suggested that this place is mention in the Samaritan Chronicle.
In 1517, the village was included in the Ottoman empire with the rest of Palestine, and in the 1596 tax-records it appeared as Bayt Furik, located in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal, part of Nablus Sanjak. The population was 68 households, all Muslim. They paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3% on agricultural products, such as wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and beehives, a press for olive oil or grape syrup, in addition to occasional revenues and a fixed tax for people of Nablus area; a total of 16,665 akçe.
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Bait Furik had a population of 744 Muslims increasing in the 1931 census, where Beit Furik (together with the smaller location Kh. Beita) had a population of 867 Muslims, in a total of 262 houses.
In 1945 Beit Furik (including Kh. Kafr Beita) had a population of 1,240, all Muslims, with 36,663 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 2,645 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 12,453 used for cereals, while 53 dunams were built-up land.
In 1961, the population of Beit Furik was 1,997 persons.
After the Six-Day War in 1967, Beit Furik has been under Israeli occupation along with the rest of the Palestinian territories. Under the interim Oslo Peace Accords, areas of the West Bank were divided into various categories. According to ARIJ, 45% of the village land is in Area B, while the remaining 55% is in Area C. The population in the 1967 census conducted by Israel was 2,416, of whom 7 originated from the Israeli territory.
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- Welcome to Bayt Furik
- Beit Furik Welcome to Palestine
- Survey of Western Palestine, Map 12: IAA, Wikimedia commons
- Beit Furik town profile, Applied Research Institute–Jerusalem (ARIJ)
- Beit Furik, aerial photo, ARIJ
- Development Priorities and Needs in Beit Furik, ARIJ
- IDF admits barring Palestinians' access to own fields Admission was made in the state's response to a High Court petition filed last year by Beit Furik residents. By Chaim Levinson, Apr.11, 2012, Haaretz
- Settler attacks raise West Bank tension ahead of U.N. Reuters, Sep 15, 2011