Shufa, Tulkarm

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 • Arabicشوفه
Shufa Village Council
Shufa Village Council
Shufa is located in the Palestinian territories
Location of Shufa within Palestine
Coordinates: 32°16′29″N 35°04′59″E / 32.27472°N 35.08306°E / 32.27472; 35.08306Coordinates: 32°16′29″N 35°04′59″E / 32.27472°N 35.08306°E / 32.27472; 35.08306
Palestine grid157/186
 • TypeVillage council
 • Jurisdiction1,253
Name meaning"a harrow", or "polishing"[1]

Shufa (Arabic: شوفه‎) is a Palestinian village in the Tulkarm Governorate in the eastern West Bank, located 6 kilometers South-east of Tulkarm. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Shufa had a population of approximately 1,253 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] 5.4% of the population of Shufa were refugees in 1997.[3] The healthcare facilities for Shufa are at Kafr al-Labad or Saffarin where the facilities are designated as MOH level 2.[4]


Ceramics from the Byzantine era have been found here.[5]

Ottoman era[edit]

Shufa, like all of Palestine was incorporated into the Ottoman Empire in 1517. In the 1596 tax registers, it was named Sufa, part of the nahiya ("subdistrict") of Jabal Sami, part of the larger Sanjak of Nablus. It had a population of 8 households, all Muslims. The inhabitants paid a fixed tax rate of 33,3% on agricultural products, including wheat, barley, summer crops, olive trees, goats and beehives, in addition to occasional revenues and a press for olive oil or grape syrup, and a fixed tax for people of Nablus area; a total of 3,202 akçe.[6]

In 1838, it was noted as a village, Shaufeh in the Wady esh-Sha'ir district, west of Nablus.[7]

In 1870 Victor Guérin noted the village on a hilltop, and taking it as equal importance as Saffarin.[8]

In 1882 the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine (SWP) described Shufeh as: "A small stone village, in a strong position on a ridge, with steep slopes north and south. It is supplied by a well in the village, and has a few olives below it. A good view is obtained from it over the plain, and the country north and south, as well as to the range north of Sebustieh."[9]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Shufeh had a population of 207 Muslims,[10] increasing in the 1931 census to 259 Muslims, living in 47 houses.[11]

In the 1945 statistics the population of Shufa was 370 Muslims,[12] with 11,690 dunams of land according to an official land and population survey.[13] Of this, 4,315 dunams were used for cereals,[14] while 6 dunams were built-up (urban) land.[15]

Jordanian era[edit]

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

In 1961, the population was 503.[16]

Post 1967[edit]

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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 192
  2. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Tulkarm Governorate by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.
  3. ^ Palestinian Population by Locality and Refugee Status Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
  4. ^ Health care Facilities Tulkarm Governorate
  5. ^ Dauphin, 1998, p. 766
  6. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, p. 126
  7. ^ Robinson and Smith, 1841, vol 3, 2nd appendix, p. 129
  8. ^ Guérin, 1875, p. 212
  9. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 161
  10. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XI, Sub-district of Tulkarm, p. 27
  11. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 57
  12. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 21
  13. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 76
  14. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 127
  15. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 177
  16. ^ Government of Jordan, 1964, p. 27


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