Kharbatha Bani Harith

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Kharbatha Bani Harith
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic خربثا بني حارث
 • Also spelled Kharbatha al-Harithiyya (official)
Kharbatha Bani Harith is located in the Palestinian territories
Kharbatha Bani Harith
Kharbatha Bani Harith
Location of Kharbatha Bani Harith within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 31°56′43″N 35°04′21″E / 31.94528°N 35.07250°E / 31.94528; 35.07250Coordinates: 31°56′43″N 35°04′21″E / 31.94528°N 35.07250°E / 31.94528; 35.07250
Palestine grid 156/150
Governorate Ramallah & al-Bireh
 • Type Village council
 • Jurisdiction 7,120 dunams (7.12 km2 or 2.75 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 2,846
Name meaning "The ruins of the sons of Harith"[1]

Kharbatha Bani Harith (Arabic: خربثا بني حارث‎‎) is a Palestinian town in the central West Bank, located 15 kilometers west of Ramallah in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate. The name of the town is probably a corruption of Khirbat Bani Harith ("the ruins of the sons of Harith"). According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 2,846.[2] Nearby towns and villages include Bil'in to the south, Ras Karkar to the east, and Deir Qaddis to the west. It has a total land area of 7,120 dunams.


Pottery sherds from Iron Age II, Persian, Byzantine, Byzantine/Umayyad and Mamluk era have been found.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

According to the 1596 Ottoman census of the area the village of Kharbatha had a total of 29 Muslim and 4 Christian families residing there.[4][5]

In 1870, Victor Guérin found the village to have about 200 inhabitants. He also noted the remains of a church,[6] which has been dated to the Byzantine era.[3]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described the village, called Khurbetha Ibn Harith, as being of medium size, with a well on the west, "standing on high ground among the olive trees."[7]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kharbata had a population of 338 inhabitants, all Muslim.[8] In the 1931 census it had increased to a population of 469, still all Muslim, in 102 inhabited houses.[9]

In 1945, the population of Kharbata was 650, all Muslims,[10] who owned 7,120 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[11] 2,788 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 591 used for cereals,[12] while 9 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[13]


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


After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kharbatha Bani Harith has been under Israeli occupation.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 237
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.114.
  3. ^ a b Finkelstein and Lederman, 1997, p. 200
  4. ^ Petersen, Andrew. The Towns of Palestine Under Muslim Rule 600-1600.
  5. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 155
  6. ^ Guérin, 1875, p. 84
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 294
  8. ^ Barron, 1923, Table VII, Sub-district of Ramleh, p. 22
  9. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 21
  10. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 29
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 67
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 115
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 165


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