Kafr Qud

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Kafr Qud
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر قود
 • Also spelled Kafr Qad (official)
Kafr Qud is located in the Palestinian territories
Kafr Qud
Kafr Qud
Location of Kafr Qud within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°27′26″N 35°13′38″E / 32.45722°N 35.22722°E / 32.45722; 35.22722Coordinates: 32°27′26″N 35°13′38″E / 32.45722°N 35.22722°E / 32.45722; 35.22722
Palestine grid 171/207
Governorate Jenin
 • Type Village council
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 1,143
Name meaning The village of Qud[1]

Kafr Qud (Arabic: كفر قود‎‎, also spelled Kafr Qad) is a Palestinian village in the Jenin Governorate in the northern West Bank, located west of Jenin. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) census, it had a population of 1,143 in 2007.[2]


The village is situated on an ancient site, with cisterns cut out of rock, and old stones reused in housing. Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found.[3]

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 "Kafr Qud" in the nahiya of Jabal Sami in the liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 19 households and 5 bachelors, all Muslim. Taxes were paid on wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, occasional revenues, goats and beehives.[4]

Edward Robinson identified Kafr Qud with "Caparcotia" when he passed by on June, 1838.[5][6][7] On 14 June 1870 Victor Guérin noted that Kafr Qud was "hidden in the mountains with groves of olives and fig trees ... and very probably the place is Caparcotani of Ptolemy and the Peutinger map." He estimated the population to be 300.[8] In 1882 Kafr Qud was described as a "good-sized village in a recess among the hills" in the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine.[9][10]

Modern era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufr Qud had a population of 161; 153 Muslims and 8 Christians,[11] where the Christians were all Orthodox.[12] This was almost unchanged in the 1931 census, when Kafr Qud had 41 occupied houses and a population of 162; 9 Christians and the rest Muslim.[13]

In 1945 the population was 250; 240 Muslims and 10 Christians,[14] with 5463 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[15] 908 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 2,170 dunams for cereals,[16] while 14 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[17]

In the wake of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and after the 1949 Armistice Agreements, Kafr Qud came under Jordanian rule. After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kafr Qud has been under Israeli occupation.


Kafr Qud is situated in the northern Dothan Valley on narrow ravine below the Jabal Shibli mountain to the north. It has an average elevation of 330 meters above sea level. The Bir al-Balad (also known as "Bir Kafr Qud") spring inside the village serves as the closest source of water. It is located south of the road connecting al-Hashimiya with Jenin,[5] and nearby localities include the former to the northwest, Kufeirit to the southwest, al-Manshiyya to the south and Burqin to the east.

The ancient site in the middle of Kafr Qud is small and surrounded by a gully near the Bir al-Balad spring. Most of the modern housing was built east of the site, although ancient building material is highly present in some walls. In 1979 the built-up area of the village amounted to roughly 15 dunams.[5]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 147
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS Census Archived 2010-12-10 at the Wayback Machine.. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p. 105.
  3. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 751
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 128.
  5. ^ a b c Zertal, 2004, p. 99
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 158
  7. ^ Robinson, 1856, p. 121
  8. ^ Guerin, 1875, p. 224
  9. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 47
  10. ^ Zertal, 2004, p. 100
  11. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 30
  12. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XV, p. 47
  13. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 70
  14. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  15. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  16. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 99
  17. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 149


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