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Kafra

Place
Kafra — كَفْرَة
District
Galilee
Average Elevation
180 m
Subdistrict
Baysan
Distance from Baysan
10.5 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1944/45 430 430
1931 298 298
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Public Total
1944/45 7409 1763 9172
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 71 668 739
Built-up 18 18
89 668 757 (8%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Cereal 7284 1095 8379
Plantation and Irrigable 36 36
7320 1095 8415 (92%)
Number of Houses (1931)
81

The village was situated in the middle of the Baysan Valley. Its houses were built on both sides of the upper reaches of Wadi Kafra, a shallow Valley. A secondary road linked it to the Baysan-Jericho highway, and other roads connected it to surrounding villages. There was a small forest south of the village. It had been known by the name Kafra since at least the time of the Crusades, when the Crusaders spelled it "Caffra." Its population was Muslim. A shrine for a local religious teacher, Shaykh Muhammad, stood to the east of the village. Due to its location at a crossroads between many villages, Kafra became a hub of commercial activity for the area, but agriculture remained the mainstay of the village economy. Grain, vegetables, and olives were the main crops. In 1944/45 a total of 7,284 dunums was allocated to cereals; 36 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards. Kafra also was an archaeological site in which a trough carved out of basalt and the ruins of an ancient village were found.

There are no Israeli settlements on village land.

Cactuses grow amid the rubble of the village. Almond, olive, and fig trees grow on the site, and a fence surrounds much of the land in the vicinity. Part of the surrounding land is used for grazing but the land near the hill is cultivated, mainly with chick peas. The remains of the basalt trough and of the ancient village itself are still present but have not been examined by archaeologists.