Ein Rafa

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Ein Rafa
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Ein Rafa is located in the West Bank
Ein Rafa
Ein Rafa
Coordinates: 31°47′26.33″N 35°6′58.6″E / 31.7906472°N 35.116278°E / 31.7906472; 35.116278Coordinates: 31°47′26.33″N 35°6′58.6″E / 31.7906472°N 35.116278°E / 31.7906472; 35.116278
Council Mateh Yehuda
Region Jerusalem corridor
Founded 1940s
Founded by Barhom family
Website einrafa.com

Ein Rafa (Arabic: عين رافا or عين رافه‎; Hebrew: עין ראפה‎) is an Israeli Arab village ten kilometers west of Jerusalem, Israel. Located across Route 1 from Abu Ghosh, it falls under the jurisdiction of Mateh Yehuda Regional Council. In 2006 it had a population of 865.


Ein Rafa was founded in the 1940s when the Barhom family moved from the nearby village of Suba into the valley. It expanded after 1948 when several other families left Suba and settled there.[1] Most of the residents of the village are descended from the Barhom family.[2] In 2007, there was controversy when one home built without a permit was demolished in the village.[3]

Education and culture[edit]

In a co-existence project in Ein Rafa, children and teachers from the local school meet with Jewish children for joint activities in which they share food and games and become more trusting of one another.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ B. Morris, The Birth of the Palestinian Refugee Problem Revisited, Cambridge University Press 2004, p436.
  2. ^ Family Affair, Haaretz
  3. ^ Family Affair, Haaretz
  4. ^ The ripple effect The Guardian, 6 April 2004

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