Kafr Malik

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Kafr Malik
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicكفر مالك
 • LatinKofr Malik (official)
Kafr Malik, between 1900 to 1920
Kafr Malik, between 1900 to 1920
Kafr Malik is located in the Palestinian territories
Kafr Malik
Kafr Malik
Location of Kafr Malik within Palestine
Coordinates: 31°59′23″N 35°18′32″E / 31.98972°N 35.30889°E / 31.98972; 35.30889Coordinates: 31°59′23″N 35°18′32″E / 31.98972°N 35.30889°E / 31.98972; 35.30889
Palestine grid179/155
StateState of Palestine
GovernorateRamallah and al-Bireh
 • TypeMunicipality
 • Head of MunicipalityMajid Fahmi Abdel Majid M'adi[1]
 • Total2,787
Name meaningThe village of the landlord[2]

Kafr Malik (Arabic: كفر مالك‎) is a Palestinian town in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, located 17 kilometers Northeast of Ramallah in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the town had a population of 2,787 inhabitants in 2007.[3]


Kafr Malik is a Palestinian village in Ramallah Governorate, located 13.8km northeast of Ramallah. It is bordered by Al Mughayyir to the east, Al Mughayyir and Khirbet abu Falah to the north, Al Mazra'a ash Sharqiya to the west, and by Deir Jarir to the south.[4]


Kafr Malik has been identified with the village Caphermelic of the Crusader period.[5][6]

Ottoman era[edit]

Kafr Malik was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 with all of Palestine, and in 1596 it appeared in the tax registers as being in the nahiya of Al-Quds in the liwa of Al-Quds. It had a population of 21 household;[7] who were all Muslims. They paid a fixed tax-rate of 33,3 % on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, olive trees, vineyards, fruit trees, goats and beehives, in addition to occasional revenues; a total of 7,750 akçe.[7]

In 1838, ‘’Kefr Malik’’ was noted as a Muslim village in the District of Beni Salim, east of Jerusalem.[8]

In 1870, Victor Guérin found Kafr Malik to have 350 inhabitants, some thirty Catholics and fifteen "schismatic Greek"; the others were Muslim. In the courtyard of the medhafeh, or guesthouse, he was shown several beautiful stone plaques and three sections of columns and several capitals of the Doric form belonging to an old edifice long since destroyed.[9]

An Ottoman village list of about 1870 counted a population of 416 Muslims in 77 houses, and 15 Christians in 6 houses. In total 432 persons in 83 houses, though the population count included men, only.[10][11]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Kefr Malik as: "a village of moderate size on high ground."[12]

In 1896 the population of Kefr Malik was estimated to be about 870 persons.[13]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, the village, called Kufr Malek, had a population of 943, all Muslims,[14] increasing in the 1931 census to 972; 922 Muslims and 20 Christians, in 217 houses.[15]

In the 1945 statistics the population was 1,100; 1,080 Muslims and 20 Christians,[16] while the total land area was 52,196 dunams, according to an official land and population survey.[17] Of this, 3,580 were allocated for plantations and irrigable land, 10,984 for cereals,[18] while 53 dunams were classified as built-up areas.[19]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

The Jordanian census of 1961 found 1,346 inhabitants in Kafr Malik.[20]


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

After the 1995 accords, 12,7% of Kafr Malik land is defined as Area B land, while the remaining 87,3% is defined as Area C. Israel has confiscated land from Kafr Malik for the Israeli settlements of Kokhav HaShahar and Mitzpe Kramim.[21]


  1. ^ West Bank Archived 2008-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Local Elections ( Round two)- Successful candidates by local authority, gender and No. of votes obtained, Kofr Malik p 21
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 230
  3. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.113.
  4. ^ Kafr Malik Village profile, ARIJ, p. 5
  5. ^ Clermont-Ganneau, 1874, p. 162, cited in Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 292
  6. ^ Röhricht, 1887, p. 200, cited in Finkelstein, 1997, p. 593
  7. ^ a b Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 114
  8. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, Appendix 2, p. 125
  9. ^ Guérin, 1874, pp. 208-209
  10. ^ Socin, 1879, p. 156 also noted it was located in the Beni Salim District
  11. ^ Hartmann, 1883, p. 115, also noted 83 houses
  12. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 292
  13. ^ Schick, 1896, p. 122
  14. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramallah, p. 17
  15. ^ Mills, 1932, p.50
  16. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 26
  17. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 65
  18. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 112
  19. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 162
  20. ^ Government of Jordan, Department of Statistics, 1964, p. 24 It was further noted (note 2) that it was governed through a village council.
  21. ^ Kafr Malik Village profile, ARIJ, pp. 18-20


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