Kafr Dan

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Kafr Dan
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر دان
 • Also spelled Kufr Dan (official)
Kafr Dan is located in the Palestinian territories
Kafr Dan
Kafr Dan
Location of Kafr Dan within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°28′43″N 35°15′15″E / 32.47861°N 35.25417°E / 32.47861; 35.25417Coordinates: 32°28′43″N 35°15′15″E / 32.47861°N 35.25417°E / 32.47861; 35.25417
Palestine grid 174/209
Governorate Jenin
 • Type Municipality
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 5,148
Name meaning The village of Adhan, from personal name, meaning in Arabic “the call to prayer”[1]

Kafr Dan (Arabic: كفر دان‎‎) is a Palestinian village in the Jenin Governorate, located 8 km northwest of Jenin in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) census, the town had a population of 5,148 in 2007.[2]


Kafr Dan is located north-west of Jenin; just east of Al-Yamun and north of Burqin.


Ottoman era[edit]

Kafr Qud, like the rest of Palestine, was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517, and in the census of 1596, the village appeared as "Kafradan”, located in the nahiya of Sara in the liwa of Lajjun. It had a population of 9 households, all Muslim. They paid a fixed tax rate of 25% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and beehives, in addition to occasional revenues; a total of 6,000 akçe.[3]

In 1838 Edward Robinson noted it among many other villages on the plain; Lajjun, Umm al-Fahm, Ti'inik, Silat al-Harithiya, Al-Yamun and el Barid.[4]

In 1870 Victor Guérin found at Kafr Dan “a broken column and a certain number of cut stones of ancient appearance.”[5] Guérin estimated that the village had 300 inhabitants.[6]

In 1882 Kafr Dan was described as a "village of moderate size on the slope of the hills, built of stone, with olives below, and a well on the west,” in the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine. They called the village “Kefr Adan”.[7]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufr Dan had a population of 486; all Muslims,[8] increasing in the 1931 census to 603, still all Muslim, in a total of 135 houses.[9]

In 1945 the population was 850, all Muslims,[10] with 7,328 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[11] 5 dunams were used for citrus and bananas, 2,680 for plantations and irrigable land, 3,799 for cereals,[12] while 34 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[13]


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

Post 1967[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kafr Dan has been under Israeli occupation. In 2007, Marayieh Mohammed, a fighter with the Al Quds Brigades, died in the village at the hands of plain-clothed Israeli soldiers.[14]

In 2009, Kafr Dan Village Council was upgraded into a municipality. The mayor, Bilal Mer'i, joined with Prime Minister Rami Hamdullah for the ceremony.[15]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 147
  2. ^ 2007 Locality Population Statistics Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). p. 105.
  3. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 159
  4. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 161
  5. ^ Guerin, 1875, p. 225, as given by Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 54
  6. ^ Guerin, 1875, p. 225
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 45
  8. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 30
  9. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 67
  10. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 99
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 149
  14. ^ Un activista palestino muere en ataque del ejrcito israel en Cisjordania
  15. ^ "l Koni: We seek to achieve roles integration between local government units and both public and private sectors". 2009. Retrieved 9 March 2016. 


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