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Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic جلبون
 • Also spelled Jalabun (official)
Jalbun is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Jalbun within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°27′36″N 35°24′56″E / 32.46000°N 35.41556°E / 32.46000; 35.41556Coordinates: 32°27′36″N 35°24′56″E / 32.46000°N 35.41556°E / 32.46000; 35.41556
Palestine grid 189/207
Governorate Jenin
 • Type Village council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 2,493
Name meaning from personal name[1]

Jalbun (Arabic: جلبون‎) is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, located 13 km east of the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 2,493 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] The primary healthcare facilities for Jalbun are described by the Ministry of Health as level 2.[3]


Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[4]

Ottoman era[edit]

In 1838 it was noted as an inhabited village, Jelbon,[5] located in the District of Jenin, also called Haritheh esh-Shemaliyeh district.[6]

In 1870 Victor Guérin found that Jalbun was divided into two quarters, with houses built of adobe. In the centre was an ancient mosque, situated east to west, which Guérin took to be a former church. There were ancient cisterns dug into rocks.[7]

In 1882 Jalbun was described as a “small village in a remote position on one of the spurs of the Gilboa range. It is surrounded with plough-land, and built of mud and stone, and supplied by cisterns”,” in the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine.[8]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Jalbun had a population of 410; 405 Muslims and 5 Christians,[9] where the Christians were all Orthodox.[10] The population increased in the 1931 census to 564, all Muslim, in a total of 119 houses.[11]

In 1944/5 the population of Jalbun, (including Kh. el Mujaddaa) was 610, all Muslims,[12] with 33,959 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[13] 243 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 19,104 for cereals,[14] while 25 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[15]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

Israeli forces attacked Jalbun village, with small arms, on the 5 December 1949, they then expelled the inhabitants from their village causing fatal casualties amongst the villagers. The Jordanian government strongly protested against unwarranted Israeli action and called the UN Secretary-General to notify the United Nations Security Council to take prompt and strict measures to return expelled Palestinians to their village, to hand back their looted belongings, and to compensate the villagers for all losses and damages.[16]

The Jordanian census of 1961 found 826 inhabitants.[17]


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


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 161
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Jenin Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Archived 2008-09-20 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. ^ West Bank Health Care Facilities Archived 2006-03-13 at the Library of Congress Web Archives
  4. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 786
  5. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, pp. 157, 171
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd app, p. 130, no 8
  7. ^ Guerin, 1874, pp. 334 -335
  8. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 84
  9. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 29
  10. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XV, p. 47
  11. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 68
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 98
  15. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 148
  16. ^ S/1428 6 December 1949 Telegram from Ruhi Abdul Hadi, Minister Foreign Affairs, Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to UN Secretary General
  17. ^ Government of Jordan, Department of Statistics, 1964, p. 25


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