Kafr Zibad

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Kafr Zibad
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic كفر زيباد
Kafr Zibad is located in the Palestinian territories
Kafr Zibad
Kafr Zibad
Location of Kafr Zibad within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°13′27″N 35°04′16″E / 32.22417°N 35.07111°E / 32.22417; 35.07111Coordinates: 32°13′27″N 35°04′16″E / 32.22417°N 35.07111°E / 32.22417; 35.07111
Palestine grid 156/181
Governorate Tulkarm
 • Type Municipality
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 1,306

Kafr Zibad (Arabic: كفر زيباد‎‎) is a Palestinian village in the Tulkarm Governorate in the eastern West Bank, located 17 kilometers South of Tulkarm.


The name of Kafr Zibad as thought originally from Zabad, it's Semite name which means generosity.[1] E. H. Palmer noted that the name meant the village of Zebed.[2]


Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

Kafr Zibad was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517 with all of Palestine, and in 1596 it appeared under the that name in the tax registers as being in the Nahiya of Bani Sa'b of the Liwa of Nablus. It had a population of 50 households, all Muslims. The villagers paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3% on various agricultural products, such as wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and/or beehives, in addition to "occasional revenues" and a press for olive oil or grape syrup; a total of 10,280 akçe.[4]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine noted at Kafr Zibad: "A village of moderate size on a small plateau, overhanging the valley on the north of it. It is of stone. A steep ascent, with a cistern on the north, on the south a fig-garden, and beyond this a few olives, where the tents of the Survey party were pitched. Near them was a rock-cut tomb. The water supply is from cisterns."[5]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufr Zaibad had a population of 260 Muslims,[6] increasing in the 1931 census to 469 Muslims, in 96 houses.[7]

In 1945 the population of Kafr Zibad was 1,590 Muslims,[8] with 7,085 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[9] Of this, 2,266 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 1,434 were used for cereals,[10] while 22 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[11]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

Post 1967[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kafr Zibad came under Israeli occupation.

19% of the population of Kafr Zibad were refugees in 1991.[12] The healthcare and education facilities for the surrounding villages are based in Kafr Zibad, Kafr Zibad secondary school one of the best school in the region. There is historical mosque from Khalifa Omar Ibn Alkhattab period, further more there are police center and Sport club. The facilities are designated as MOH level 2.[13]

Kafr Zibad had a population of approximately 1,306 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[1]


  1. ^ a b Projected Mid -Year Population for Tulkarm Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, pp. 184, 51
  3. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 772
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 140
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, p. 165
  6. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Tulkarm, p. 27
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p.58
  8. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 21
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 75
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 126
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 176
  12. ^ Palestinian Population by Locality and Refugee Status Archived 2012-02-07 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  13. ^ Health care Facilities Tulkarm Governorate


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