Kafr Abbush

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Kafr 'Abbush
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر عبّوش
Kafr 'Abbush is located in the Palestinian territories
Kafr 'Abbush
Kafr 'Abbush
Location of Kafr 'Abbush within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°13′20″N 35°05′04″E / 32.22222°N 35.08444°E / 32.22222; 35.08444Coordinates: 32°13′20″N 35°05′04″E / 32.22222°N 35.08444°E / 32.22222; 35.08444
Palestine grid 158/181
Governorate Tulkarm
 • Type Village council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,488
Name meaning The village of Abbush[1]

Kafr 'Abbush (Arabic: كفر عبّوش‎‎) is a Palestinian town in the Tulkarm Governorate in the northwestern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Kafr 'Abbush had a population of approximately 1,488 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] 24.8% of the population of Kafr 'Abbush were refugees in 1997.[3] The healthcare facilities for Kafr 'Abbush are based in Kafr 'Abbush, where the facilities are designated as MOH level 2.[4]


Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[5]

Ottoman era[edit]

Kafr Abbush was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 with all of Palestine, and in 1596 it appeared under the name of Abbus in the tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Bani Sa'b of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 19 Muslim households. The villagers paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3% on various agricultural products, such as wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and/or beehives, in addition to "occasional revenues" and a press for olive oil or grape syrup; a total of 4,974 akçe.[6]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Kafr Abbush as: "a stone village of moderate size, on steep round hill, with a few olives. It is supplied by cisterns. The ground is very rugged near it."[7]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kafr Abbush had a population of 263 Muslims,[8] increasing in the 1931 census to 360 Muslims, in 63 houses.[9]

In 1945 the population of Kafr Abbush was 480 Muslims,[10] with 4,923 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[11] Of this, 952 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 1,047 were used for cereals,[12] while 11 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[13]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

Post 1967[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kafr Abbush came under Israeli occupation.


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 183
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Tulkarm Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ Palestinian Population by Locality and Refugee Status Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  4. ^ Health care Facilities Tulkarm Governorate
  5. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 772
  6. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 140
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 165
  8. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Tulkarm, p. 27
  9. ^ Mills, 1932, p.53
  10. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 21
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 75
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 125
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 175


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