Beit Lid

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Beit Lid
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic بيت ليد
 • Also spelled Bayt Lid (official)
Bayt Leed (unofficial)
Beit Lid is located in the Palestinian territories
Beit Lid
Beit Lid
Location of Beit Lid within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°15′38″N 35°06′53″E / 32.26056°N 35.11472°E / 32.26056; 35.11472Coordinates: 32°15′38″N 35°06′53″E / 32.26056°N 35.11472°E / 32.26056; 35.11472
Palestine grid 162/185
Governorate Tulkarm
 • Type Municipality
 • Head of Municipality Salamah Draidi
 • Jurisdiction 16,753 dunams (16.8 km2 or 6.5 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 4,994
Name meaning The house of Lid[1]

Beit Lid (Arabic: بيت ليد‎‎) is a Palestinian town in the Tulkarm Governorate in the northeastern West Bank, located a few kilometers southwest of Tulkarm and west of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 4,994 inhabitants in 2007.[2] In 1922, it had 653 inhabitants,[3] which rose to 1,807 in 1961.[4]


Byzantine ceramics have been found here.[5]

The village mosque has a large gate with a triple arch. An inscription over the lintel is a construction text, commemorating the building of the mosque. It dates from the late Mamluk, or early Ottoman period.[6]

Ottoman era[edit]

Beit Lid, like all of Palestine was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517. In the 1596 tax registers, it was part of the nahiya ("subdistrict") of Jabal Sami, part of the larger Sanjak of Nablus. It had a population of 64 households, all Muslims. The inhabitants paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and beehives, in addition to occasional revenues and a press for olive oil or grape syrup; a total of 17,310 akçe. Half of the revenues went to a Waqf.[7]

In 1838, Edward Robinson passed it in the distance,[8] while in 1863 Victor Guérin noted it as a considerable village which occupied the top of a high hill; containing a thousand inhabitants. The houses were crudely built.[9]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Beit Lid as “A village of small size, built on a hill rising 600 feet above the valley south of it. The houses are of stone, and supplied by a well on the south-east, lower down. A few olives grow round the village.”[10]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Beit Lid's population was 653, all Muslims,[3] increasing in the 1931 census to 738 residents, still all Muslim, in a total of 171 houses.[11]

In 1945 the population of Beit Lid was 970, all Muslims,[12] and the land area was 16,752 dunams, according to an official land and population survey.[13] 1,044 dunams were for citrus and bananas, 3,264 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 4,473 used for cereals,[14] while 22 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[15]


In the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and after the 1949 Armistice Agreements, Beit Lid came under Jordanian rule.


After the Six-Day War in 1967, Beit Lid has been under Israeli occupation.


Agriculture is a major economic sector in Beit Lid, with olives, almonds, figs, grapes and grains being the primary crops grown on 16,753 dunams. Until recently, agriculture employed most of the working males of the town, however, many residents are employed in small business professions, such as construction, blacksmithing and electricity. Many in Beit Lid that worked inside Israel, have been unemployed since the Second Intifada and the difficult conditions surrounding it.[4]

There are four schools (two primary and two secondary), four kindergartens, a clinic operated by the Palestinian National Authority and founded in 1964. Beit Lid contains four mosques, including Masjid al-Qadim, Masjid Fatima Zahra, Masjid as-Salaam and Masjid Salah ad-Din.[4]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 180
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). p. 108.
  3. ^ a b Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Tulkarem, p. 27
  4. ^ a b c Information of Beit Lid PalestineRemembered. 2001-03-21. (in Arabic)
  5. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 768
  6. ^ Sharon, 1999, pp. 152 -153
  7. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 126
  8. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, p. 137
  9. ^ Guérin, 1875, pp. 211 -212
  10. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 159
  11. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 53
  12. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 20
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 74
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 124
  15. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 174


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