Meiser

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Meiser
מֵיסִר
ميسر
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • unofficial Shaykh Maysar, Shaykh Maysir, Khirbat Maysar
Meiser panorama from west 01.jpg
Meiser is located in Israel
Meiser
Meiser
Coordinates: 32°26′41″N 35°2′31″E / 32.44472°N 35.04194°E / 32.44472; 35.04194Coordinates: 32°26′41″N 35°2′31″E / 32.44472°N 35.04194°E / 32.44472; 35.04194
Grid position 154/205 PAL
District Haifa
Council Menashe
Population (2015)[1] 1,880
Name meaning Sheikh Meisir, p.n.; meaning a certain gambling game with arrows.[2]

Meiser (Arabic: ميسر‎‎; Hebrew: מֵיסִר‎, also known as Shaykh Maysar or Khirbat Maysar) is an Israeli Arab village in northern Israel. Located half a kilometre west of the Green Line, north of the city of Baqa al-Gharbiyye in the triangle area of Wadi Ara, it is one of three Arab villages under the jurisdiction of Menashe Regional Council. In 2015 it had a population of 1,880.[1]

History[edit]

In 1882, during the late Ottoman era, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) found at Sheikh Meisir "foundations near a modern Mukam" (Muslim tomb).[3] In spite of this, Andrew Petersen, who inspected the Mukam in 1994, suggested "that the building may be considerably older than the nineteenth century."[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Kherbet Maisir had a population of 49 Muslims.[5]

In 1945 Meiser was counted with Qaffin and Kh. el Aqaba, together they had a population of 1,570 Muslims,[6] with a land area of 23,755 dunams, according to an official land and population survey.[7] Of this, 5,863 dunams were plantations and irrigable land, 8,371 were used for cereals,[8] while 40 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "List of localities, in Alphabetical order" (PDF). Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 16 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 152
  3. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 68
  4. ^ Petersen, 2001, p. 283
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 30
  6. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 21
  7. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 76
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 127
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 177

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