Misilyah

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Misilyah
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 • Arabic مسلية
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Misilyah is located in the Palestinian territories
Misilyah
Misilyah
Location of Misilyah within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°23′12″N 35°17′17″E / 32.38667°N 35.28806°E / 32.38667; 35.28806Coordinates: 32°23′12″N 35°17′17″E / 32.38667°N 35.28806°E / 32.38667; 35.28806
Palestine grid 177/199
Governorate Jenin
Government
 • Type Village council
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 2,252
Name meaning 'an example', In Phænician: 'an image', in old Arabic it means: 'traces of a dwelling which are becoming effaced'[1]

Misilyah (Arabic: مسلية‎‎) is a Palestinian village in the northern West Bank, located 14 kilometers south of the city of Jenin. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the village had a population of 2,252 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] The main agricultural crops cultivated in Misilya are olives, grapes, figs, and vegetables. Roman and Islamic ruins have been found in the village.

History[edit]

C. R. Conder suggested that Misilyah was ancient Bethulia.[3][4]

Ottoman era[edit]

In 1838, Edward Robinson noted the village when he travelled in the region, as bordering the extremely fertile Marj Sanur.[5] He listed it as part of the District of Haritheh, north of Nablus.[6]

In 1870, Victor Guérin noted it, "sitting on the northern slopes of a hill planted with superb olive trees; at the bottom there is a fertile and well-cultivated plain."[7]

In 1882, the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine described Meselieh: "A small village, with a detached portion to the north, and placed on a slope, with a hill to the south, and surrounded by good olive-groves, with an open valley called Wady el Melek (' the King's Valley') on the north. The water-supply is from wells, some of which have an ancient appearance. They are mainly supplied with rain-water."[8]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Meselayyeh had a population 190 Muslims,[9] increasing in the 1931 census to 222 Muslim, in a total of 49 houses.[10]

In 1945 the population was 330 Muslims,[11] with a total of 9,038 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[12] Of this, 2,683 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 2,592 dunams were for cereals,[13] while a total of 23 dunams were built-up, urban land.[14]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

Post-1967[edit]

After the Six-Day War in 1967, Misilyah has been under Israeli occupation.

On 17 January 2016 a 21 year old resident of Masliya was shot dead by Israeli soldiers.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, pp. 112 188
  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. ^ Conder, 1881, pp.194–195
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1883, SWP III, pp. 436-437
  5. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, p. 153
  6. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2 appendix, p. 130
  7. ^ Guérin, 1874, p. 344
  8. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, pp. 156-157
  9. ^ Barron, 1923, Table V, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 29
  10. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 69
  11. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 16
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 54
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 99
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 149
  15. ^ Palestinian shot dead near Nablus after alleged attempted attack Ma'an 17/1/2016
  16. ^ Palestinian Shot After Attempting to Stab Israelis in the West Bank Ha'aretz 17/1/2016

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