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Arabic transcription(s)
 • Arabicكفيرت
Kufeirit is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Kufeirit within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°26′38″N 35°12′11″E / 32.44389°N 35.20306°E / 32.44389; 35.20306Coordinates: 32°26′38″N 35°12′11″E / 32.44389°N 35.20306°E / 32.44389; 35.20306
Palestine grid169/206
StateState of Palestine
 • TypeVillage council
 • Total2,446
Name meaningfrom personal name[1]

Kufeirit (Arabic: كفيرت‎) is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, located 16 km west of the city of Jenin in the northern West Bank. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the town had a population of 2,446 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2]


Pottery sherds from the Iron Age II, Persian, Hellenistic, early and late Roman, Byzantine, early Muslim and the Medieval eras have been found here.[3]

Ottoman era[edit]

Kufeirit, like the rest of Palestine, was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517, and in the census of 1596 it was a part of the nahiya ("subdistrict") of Jabal Sami which was under the administration of the liwa ("district") of Nablus. The village had a population of 29 households and 4 bachelors, all Muslim. The villagers paid a fixed tax-rate of 33,3%, on wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, beehives and/or goats, in addition to occasional revenues and a customary tax for people of Nablus area; a total of 10,000 akçe.[4]

In 1838 the village (called Kufeireh) was noted as part of the esh–Sha'rawiyeh esh–Shurkiyeh ("the Eastern") District, north of Nablus.[5]

In 1870, Victor Guérin noted the village on his travels in the region, as being less significant than neighbouring Ya'bad.[6]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Kefreireh as: "a good sized village on a hill at the edge of the Plain of Arrabeh, with a well on the east and olives."[7]

British mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kufairat had a population of 113 Muslims,[8] increasing in the 1931 census to 154 Muslims in 28 houses.[9]

In the 1945 statistics, the population of Kufeirat was 240 Muslims,[10] with 732 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[11] Of this, 241 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 200 dunams for cereals,[12] while 6 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[13]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

In 1961, the population was 457 persons.[14]

Post 1967[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Kufeirit came under Israeli occupation. The population of Kufeirat in the 1967 census conducted by Israel was 583, of whom 109 originated from the Israeli territory.[15]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 147
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Jenin Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Archived 2008-09-20 at the Wayback Machine Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  3. ^ Zertal, 2004, pp. 112-113
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 128. NB. They mistakenly give the grid no. as 169/201
  5. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd Appendix, p. 129
  6. ^ Guérin, 1874, p. 223
  7. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 47
  8. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 30
  9. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 69
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 99
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 149
  14. ^ Government of Jordan, Department of Statistics, 1964, p. 25
  15. ^ Perlmann, Joel (November 2011 – February 2012). "The 1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Digitized Version" (PDF). Levy Economics Institute. Retrieved 25 January 2018.


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