|• Type||Village council|
|Name meaning||The watch|
Haris (Arabic: حارس) is a Palestinian town located in the Salfit Governorate in the northern West Bank, 24 kilometers Southwest of Nablus. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, it had a population of 3,427 approximately in mid-year 2007.
In 1517, the village was included in the Ottoman empire with the rest of Palestine, and potsherds from the early Ottoman period have been found. It appeared in the 1596 tax-records as Harit, located in the Nahiya of Jabal Qubal of the Liwa of Nablus. The population was 21 households, all Muslim. They paid a fixed tax sum of 12,000 Akçe, in addition to taxes on "agnan", bee hives, and occasional revenues; a total of 13,300 Akçe.
In 1870 Guérin observed here a building used as a mosque, divided into three naves separated by marble columns of different sizes, and evidently ancient. 'On a neighbouring Tell, which commands the village, are the ruins of an ancient tower. The spot is now planted with olives. Two ancient tombs and several cisterns cut in the rock once belonged to the ancient city which stood here.'
In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Haris as "a medium sized village on high ground built of stone, and supplied by cisterns. It has rock-cut tombs and is probably an ancient site; there are fine olive groves round it." 
British Mandate era
In a census conducted in 1922 by the British Mandate authorities, Haris (called: Hares) had a population of 285, all Muslims, increasing in the 1931 census to 394, except for one Christian all were Muslim, in a total of 99 houses.
In 1945 the population was 540, all Muslims, while the total land area was 8,391 dunams, according to an official land and population survey. Of this, 1,545 were used for plantations and irrigable land, 1,341 for cereals, while 21 dunams were classified as built-up areas.
Loss of land
Haris has been directly affected by the construction of the wall on the West Bank and the settlements surrounding Ariel and the Barkan Industrial Park. ARIJ, a Palestinian research institute lists the losses as follows:
|Settlement||Date of establishment||Pop 2007||Area/Dunums||Area confiscated from the village|
|Barqan Industrial Zone||1981||--||1,417||1,417|
|Ariel West Park Industrial||NA||--||1,728||1,110|
|Source: ARIJ 2008|
- Palmer, 1881, p. 229
- Projected Mid -Year Population for Salfit District by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
- Finkelstein et al, 1997, p. 454
- Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 131
- Guérin, 1875, p. 159–160; as given by Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 322
- Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 284
- Barron, 1923, Table IX, p. 25
- Mills, 1932, p. 61
- Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 18
- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 59
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- Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 156
- ARIJ, New Palestinian houses threatened of Demolition by the Israeli Occupation Authorities, 2 December 2008
- 'Israel confiscates 20 dunums of Palestinian land near Salfit', Ma'an News Agency 23 October 2014
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- Guérin, Victor (1875). Description Géographique Historique et Archéologique de la Palestine (in French). 2: Samarie, pt. 2. Paris: L'Imprimerie Nationale.
- Hadawi, Sami (1970). Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine. Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center.
- Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (1977). Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century. Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft. ISBN 3-920405-41-2.
- Mills, E., ed. (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine.
- Palmer, E. H. (1881). The Survey of Western Palestine: Arabic and English Name Lists Collected During the Survey by Lieutenants Conder and Kitchener, R. E. Transliterated and Explained by E.H. Palmer. Committee of the Palestine Exploration Fund.