|• Arabic||كفر ثلث|
|• Also spelled||Kufr Thulth (official)|
|• Head of Municipality||Hussein al-Saifi|
|• Jurisdiction||24,938 dunams (24.9 km2 or 9.6 sq mi)|
|Name meaning||"The ruin of the village of the third part"|
Kafr Thulth (Arabic: كفر ثلث) is a Palestinian town located on high, flat land south of Azzoun, 28 kilometers (17 mi) south of Tulkarm in the Qalqilya Governorate. The average elevation is 270 meters (890 ft) above sea level. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town's population was 3,921 in the 2007 census.
Kafr in Syriac means "village" and Thulth means "three" or "a third". This Syriaic name preserves the place name of Baal-shalisha, an ancient village believed to have been located 3.5 miles (5.6 km) to the south at a site known in modern times as Khirbat Sirisya.
Kafr Thulth is bordered by Azzun to the south, Sanniriya and Biddya villages to the east and Deir Istiya to the west. In 1948, parts of Kharab and Aizab, such as, Salman, al-Moudwer, al-Sheikh Ahmad, al-Ashqar, Ras Tirah, al-Dabha, Kirash Kherba and Ras Atiya — villages or land areas that originally belonged to Kafr Thulth were separated from the town by the Green Line, which forms the border between Israel and the West Bank.
Kafr Thulth's land was extended to the border of the Auja stream and by the 19th century the town's total land area was about 50-60,000 dunams. It had bordered Habla, Jaljuliya, Azzun and Islah, but Kafr Thulth's jurisdiction decreased in 1954; Then, the distance was 924 dunams, while the distance reached up to Kherash Kherba that belong to Kafr Thulth 3,665 dunams.
In 1517, the village was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire with the rest of Palestine, and in 1596, Kafr Tult appeared in Ottoman tax registers as being in nahiya (subdistrict) of Jabal Qubal under the liwa' (district) of Nablus. It had a population of 13 households and 1 batchelor, all Muslims. They paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3%, on wheat, barley, summer crops, occasional revenues, goats and/or beehives; a total of 1,100 akçe.
In 1852, Robinson described Kafr Thulth as "a ruin", and the same did Victor Guérin in 1870. However, later researchers have noted that both only saw Kafr Thulth from a distance, and might have had it mixed up with the ruin Kufr Qara.
In 1882 the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described the village (called Khurbet Kefr Thilth) as "a small village on high ground, with two wells. It was in ruins in 1852, but has now a few inhabitants, the ground round is rough and uncultivated."
British Mandate era
In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufr Thelth had a population of 643, all Muslims, while in the 1931 census Kafr Thulth, (including Khirbat Khris), had 169 occupied houses and a population of 955, still all Muslim.
Land ownership in 1945
|Ethnic group||Land ownership (dunums)|
Land usage in 1945
|Land usage type||Arab (dunum)||Jewish (dunum)|
|Irrigated and plantation||1,629||0|
|Area planted with olives||1,921||0|
|Planted with cereals||6,329||62|
|Lands usurped within armistice area||0||1,241 dunums|
In 1961, the population of Kafr Thulth was 1,213.
After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kafr Thulth has been under Israeli occupation. About 10.7% of the land is classified as being Area B, while the remaining 89.3 % is Area C . Israel has confiscated 367 dunums of village land for the construction of the Israeli settlements of Karne Shomron, Ginot Shomron, Ma’ale Shomron and Emmanuel, in addition to taking land for the construction of the Segregation Wall.
Israeli settlements on Kafr Thulth lands
|Arabic||English||Hebrew||Year of construction||Population (2015)|
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- Kafr Thulth, aerial photo, ARIJ
- Development Priorities and Needs in Kufr Thulth (including ‘Arab al Khawla Locality), ARIJ