Kafr Qara

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Kafr Qara
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • Hebrew כַּפְר קַרִע
 • ISO 259 Kpar Qáriˁ
 • Also spelled Kefar Qara (official)
Kfar Qari (unofficial)
Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر قرع
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Kafr Qara is located in Israel
Kafr Qara
Kafr Qara
Coordinates: 32°30′20.89″N 35°3′13.76″E / 32.5058028°N 35.0538222°E / 32.5058028; 35.0538222Coordinates: 32°30′20.89″N 35°3′13.76″E / 32.5058028°N 35.0538222°E / 32.5058028; 35.0538222
District Haifa
Government
 • Type Local council
Area
 • Total 7,000 dunams (7 km2 or 3 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 15,300
Name meaning "The village of the gourd"[2]

Kafr Qara or Kafr Qari (Arabic: كفر قرع‎, Hebrew: כַּפְר קַרִע) is an Israeli-Arab town 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Haifa, Israel. In 2009, the population was 15,300.[1]

History[edit]

Ottoman era[edit]

In 1859 the population was 450 people, who cultivated 32 feddans of land.[3] In 1883, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Kefr Kara as a "good-sized stone village on high ground, with a well to the east, and caves."[3]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufr Qara had a population 776, 9 Christians and 767 Muslims.[4] This had increased in the 1931 census to 1,109, 4 Christians and 1,105 Muslims, in 198 houses.[5]

In 1945, Kafr Qari had a population of 1,510 Arabs, who owned 14,543 dunams of land.[6] Of this, 227 dunams were for plantations and irrigable land, 11,516 for cereals,[7] while 25 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[8]

post 1948[edit]

Kafr Qara is part of the Triangle. It is located in the Wadi Ara region, northwest of the Green Line. Most of the inhabitants are Muslim.[1] It is governed by a local council. Kafr Qara now has about 7000 dunams of land left, after land was expropriated by the local authorities and Israeli government for public and military use.[9] WAC, an independent labor association, is located in the village.[10]

Education[edit]

In September 2003, a group of local parents founded a bilingual, multicultural elementary school in Kafr Qara, named Hand in Hand – Bridge over the Wadi, or "Bridge over the Wadi". Kafr Qara high school, established in 1970 as a vocational school, is now a comprehensive high school for 10th–12th graders from Kafr Qara and environs. The school has participated in multicultural projects such as Jitli, and offers a joint leadership program for Arab and Jewish teenagers.[9]

Notable residents[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Table 3 - Population of Localities Numbering Above 2,000 Residents and Other Rural Population". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2010-06-30. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 147
  3. ^ a b Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 42
  4. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Haifa, p. 34
  5. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 94
  6. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 48
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 90
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in S. Hadawi, Village Statistics, 1945. PLO Research Center, 1970, p. 140
  9. ^ a b "Arab minority in Israel" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-11-25. 
  10. ^ Stern, Yoav (2011-04-17). "Kfar Qara group to protest lack of work caused by import of foreign labor - Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2011-11-25. 

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