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 • Arabic مسلية
Misilyah is located in the Palestinian territories
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
 • 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.


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.


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]


  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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