Telfit

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This article is about the village in the Jenin Governorate. For the village in the Nablus Governorate, see Talfit.
Telfit
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic تلفت
 • Also spelled Tilfit (official)
Khirbet Telfit (unofficial)
Telfit is located in the Palestinian territories
Telfit
Telfit
Location of Telfit within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°24′4″N 35°20′25″E / 32.40111°N 35.34028°E / 32.40111; 35.34028Coordinates: 32°24′4″N 35°20′25″E / 32.40111°N 35.34028°E / 32.40111; 35.34028
Palestine grid 182/200
Governorate Jenin
Government
 • Type Local Development Committee
Population (2007)
 • Jurisdiction 238
Name meaning "The Ruin of Telfit"[1]

Telfit (Arabic: تلفت‎‎; Khirbet Telfit or Tilfit) is a Palestinian village in the Jenin Governorate in the northern West Bank, located southeast of Jenin. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) census, the village had a population of 238 in 2007.[2]

Situated on an isolated tell in the Zababdeh Valley, Telfit has an elevation of 390 meters above sea level.[3] Nearby localities include Kufeir to the south, Zababdeh to the southwest, Qabatiya to the west, Umm at-Tut to the north, Jalqamus and al-Mughayyir to the northeast and Raba to the southeast. The principal water source is Ein Ginai, 6 kilometers to the west and there are 35 cisterns in the village. In 1980 Telfit's built-up area consisted of 15 dunams.[3]

History[edit]

The northern and westerns parts of Telfit contain ruins dating to the Byzantine and Early Islamic periods between the 5th-8th centuries. Ancient building material is used in some of the houses.[3]

The Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine noted in 1882 that the place (then called "Khurbet Telfit") had modern masonry.[4]

British Mandate era[edit]

In the 1922 census of Palestine, conducted by the British Mandate authorities, Telfit had a population of 43; 24 Muslims and 19 Christians,[5] where the Christians were all Orthodox.[6] The population increased in the 1931 census to 120; all Muslim, in a total of 26 houses.[7]

In 1945 the population was 170; all Muslims,[8] with 6,627 dunams of land, according to an official land and population survey.[9] 194 dunams were used for plantations and irrigable land, 2,726 dunams for cereals,[10] while a total of 3,707 dunams were non-cultivable land.[11]

1948-1967[edit]

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

post-1967[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 202
  2. ^ 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p. 105.
  3. ^ a b c Zertal, 2007, p. 122
  4. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 240
  5. ^ Barron, 1923, Table IX, Sub-district of Jenin, p. 29
  6. ^ Barron, 1923, Table XV, p. 47
  7. ^ Mills, 1932, p. 71
  8. ^ Department of Statistics, 1945, p. 17
  9. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 55
  10. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 100
  11. ^ Government of Palestine, Department of Statistics. Village Statistics, April, 1945. Quoted in Hadawi, 1970, p. 150

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