Bir Nabala

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Bir Nabala
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 • Arabic بير نبالا
 • Also spelled Beer Nabala (official)
Bir Nabala
Bir Nabala
Bir Nabala is located in the Palestinian territories
Bir Nabala
Bir Nabala
Location of Bir Nabala within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°51′06″N 35°12′03″E / 31.85167°N 35.20083°E / 31.85167; 35.20083Coordinates: 31°51′06″N 35°12′03″E / 31.85167°N 35.20083°E / 31.85167; 35.20083
Governorate Jerusalem
 • Type Village council
 • Jurisdiction 1,904 dunams (1.9 km2 or 0.7 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 6,100
The barrier in northern Jerusalem, which confines Bir Nabala to an enclave under Israeli control.

Bir Nabala (Arabic: بير نبالا‎‎; Hebrew: ביר נבאלא) is a Palestinian town in the West Bank located eight kilometers northeast of Jerusalem. In mid-year 2006, it had an estimated population of 6,100 residents.[1] Three Bedouin tribes — Abu Dhak, Tel al ‘Adassa[2] and Jahalin — live in Bir Nabala. Bir Nabala has a built-up area of 1,904 dunams, which combined with nearby al-Jib, Beit Hanina al Balad and al-Judeira form an enclave in the Seam Zone, walled in by the Israeli West Bank barrier.[3] The enclave is home to approximately 15,000 Palestinians.[4] It is linked to Ramallah by underpasses and a road that is fenced on both sides. From the Biddu enclave, residents travel along a fenced road that passes under a bypass road to Bir Nabala enclave, then on a second underpass under Bypass Road 443 to Ramallah.[5]

Prior to the construction of the barrier, Bir Nabala was a commercial center linking Jenin and Tulkarm with the Jerusalem area and the town contained about 600 shops and six tyre factories. In 2007, there were 180 shops and two tyre factories.[6]


  1. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Jerusalem Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ .The Town has 4 Major Native families (Al-Hajja, Abdullah, Issa and Zeidan). The bedouin tribes were displaced y the erection of the Israeli wall and the tribes are settled on lands not owned by them. The Bir Nabala / Tel al ‘Adassa Bedouin community. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 19 September 2013
  3. ^ Bir Nabala Village: Two Separate Enclaves reunited into one Big Enclave. Applied Research Institute, 14 August 2006
  4. ^ Barrier Route
  5. ^ OCHA
  6. ^ Bir Nabala: A Devastating Blow to the Economy Ma'an Development Center and Bir Nabala Village Council Chairman Haj Tawfik Nabeli. February 2007.


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