Jubbet ad-Dib

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Jubbet ad-Dib
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic ﺠﺒﺔ ﺍﻟﺫﺒ
 • Also spelled Jubbet adh-Dhib (official)
Jub al-Dib (unofficial)
Jubbet ad-Dib is located in the Palestinian territories
Jubbet ad-Dib
Jubbet ad-Dib
Location of Jubbet ad-Dib within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°40′53.61″N 35°14′30.48″E / 31.6815583°N 35.2418000°E / 31.6815583; 35.2418000Coordinates: 31°40′53.61″N 35°14′30.48″E / 31.6815583°N 35.2418000°E / 31.6815583; 35.2418000
Governorate Bethlehem
Founded 1929
 • Type Local Development Committee
 • Head of Municipality Riad Khamis[1]
 • Jurisdiction 402 dunams (0.4 km2 or 0.2 sq mi)
Population (2007[2])
 • Jurisdiction 162
Name meaning "the Well of Wolves"

Jubbet ad-Dib (Arabic: ﺠﺒﺔ ﺍﻟﺫﺒ‎‎, also spelled Jubbet adh-Dhib) is a small Palestinian village in the central West Bank, part of the Bethlehem Governorate. It is located about 6.5 kilometers southeast of Bethlehem and is just east of the Palestinian town of Jannatah and north of the Israeli settlement Kfar Eldad.[3] It had a population of 162 according to the 2007 census by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).[2] Jubbet ad-Dib has a total land area of 402 dunams, of which 8 constitute as built-up area and is situated at an altitude of 628 meters above sea level.[3]


The village was established in 1929 by Bedouin Arabs who had previously lived and grazed their livestock there.[3] The inhabitants were part of the Bani Harb tribal confederation based in the Arabian Peninsula.[3] The village name translates as "the Well of the Wolves." Currently, Jubbet ad-Dib's population mostly belong to one clan, al-Wahsh. There is one mosque in the village, the Hamza Bin Abd al-Muttalib Mosque.[3]

In 2002 the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) established a five-member local development committee to administer Jubbet adh-Dhib. The PNA appoints all members and there is no headquarters for the committee in the village itself.[3]

Economy and infrastructure[edit]

About 70% of Jubbet ad-Dib's employed workforce work in the Israeli labor market. The remainder largely work in agriculture. The unemployment rate in 2008 was 16%. [3] According to a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW), since 1988 Jubbet ad-Dib's local administration has applied to be connected to the Israeli electricity grid. Israeli authorities have repeatedly denied the village electricity, as the village is under Israeli administrative control in "Area C." The village does not have paved roads connecting it to other Palestinian occupied localities. Residents cannot afford vehicles; most residents who need services walk for transportation. [4] Since there are no schools or government institutions in the village, most services are provided by nearby towns such as Beit Ta'mir and Za'atara.[3]


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