Wadi al-Far'a

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Wadi al-Far'a
Other transcription(s)
 • Arabic وادي الفارعة
 • Also spelled Wadi al-Fari'ah (official)
Tarza'a (unofficial)
Wadi al-Far'a is located in the Palestinian territories
Wadi al-Far'a
Wadi al-Far'a
Location of Wadi al-Far'a within the Palestinian territories
Coordinates: 32°17′37.40″N 35°20′40.06″E / 32.2937222°N 35.3444611°E / 32.2937222; 35.3444611Coordinates: 32°17′37.40″N 35°20′40.06″E / 32.2937222°N 35.3444611°E / 32.2937222; 35.3444611
Governorate Tubas
Founded 1960s
Government
 • Type Village council (from 1996)
Area
 • Jurisdiction 12,000 dunams (12.0 km2 or 4.6 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Jurisdiction 2,340
Name meaning "Valley of the Branches"

Wadi al-Far'a (Arabic: وادي الفارعة‎‎) is a Palestinian village in the Tubas Governorate in the northeastern West Bank located five kilometers southwest of Tubas. It has a land area of 12,000 dunams, of which 337 is built-up and 10,500 are for agricultural purposes. It is under the complete control of the Palestinian National Authority and is adjacent to the Far'a refugee camp.[1] According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Wadi al-Far'a had a population of 2,340 inhabitants.[2]

Name spelling[edit]

The Arabic name of Wadi al-Far'a is spelled on maps, in books and other sources in a wide array of ways. The article can be written as al-, el-, without hyphen, or it can be left out altogether. The name of the wadi can be spelled Far'a, Fa'ra, Far'ah, Fa'rah, Farah, Fari'a, or Fari'ah. With diacritics it is Wādī al-Fāri`ah.

Archaeology[edit]

See Wadi al-Far'a (river)#Archaeology and Tirzah (ancient city)

For the nearby Heavy Neolithic archaeological sites of the Qaraoun culture (Wadi Farah, Shemouniyeh and Wadi Sallah) and for Tell el-Far'ah (North), the location of biblical Tirzah, see the above-mentioned links.

History[edit]

Wadi al-Far'a was historically known as Tarza'a[dubious ] and its current name comes from its geographic location, being near the Far'a spring. The village's land was previously owned by residents of nearby Talluza who used it as farmland. In the 1960s, residents from Talluza settled in the area and established a separate village. In 1996, Wadi al-Far'a was officially declared separate from Talluza and was granted its own village council under the Tubas Governorate.[1]

Demographics[edit]

In the 1997 census by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Wadi al-Far'a had a population of 1,713 inhabitants. Males constituted 51.3% and females constituted 49.7% of the population. In 2006, it grew to 2,341 rising by 32.5%. There are six main families in the village: al-Janajreh (30%), al-Barahameh (30%), as-Salahat (30%) the Darawhsheh, Shanableh and Balatya represent the remaining 10%.[1]

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