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View of duburiyya from mt tabor
District North
Government Local council (from 1961)
Hebrew דַבּוּרִיָּה, דבורייה
Arabic دبورية
Population 8,500 (2005)
Area 7200 dunams (7.2 km2; 2.8 sq mi)
Head of municipality Dr. Faisal Azayzah
Coordinates 32°41′31″N 35°22′18″E / 32.69194°N 35.37167°E / 32.69194; 35.37167Coordinates: 32°41′31″N 35°22′18″E / 32.69194°N 35.37167°E / 32.69194; 35.37167
Daburiyya Mount Tabor 200704

A view of Daburiyya from Mount Tabor. The town's mosque is the blue-domed structure in the center of the photo

Daburiyya (Arabic: دبورية‎; Hebrew: דַבּוּרִיָּה‎) is an Arab village east of Nazareth that gained local council status in Israel's North District in 1961. Its jurisdiction extends over 7,200 dunams. According to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, Daburiyya is home to approximately 8,500 residents.[1] The town's population is homogeneously fallahen. A fallah is an Arab who lives or descended from the village, as opposed to city dwellers or medinniyin.

Daburiyya is located off of Highway 65 at the foot of Mount Tabor in the Lower Galilee, near the area where the prophetess Deborah judged.

According to the Information on Equality and Social Justice in Israel (ADVA), in 1999 10.5% of Daburiyya's job-ready population are unemployed and 40.4% of the town's university applicants are rejected.[2]


Daburiyya is associated with the Biblical city of Dabrath, which in Joshua 21:28 and in the Book of Chronicles is allotted to the tribe of Issachar who gave it to the Levites.[3]

Its Hebrew name was Dav(a)rita or Dveyra.[4][5]

In the Roman-Byzantine period, it was named Helenopolis in Palestina Secunda.[6]

Ecclesiastical history

The Christian episcopal see of Helenopolis was a suffragan of Scythopolis (Beit She'an).[7]

See also


  1. Populations of Localities Numbering Above 1,000 Residents - Israel Central Bureau of Statistics
  2. Israel: A Social Report
  3. Keil, 1857, p. 424.
  4. Rivka Shpak Lissak, "Dabburiya, An Arabic Village was formerly the Israeli/Jewish Davarita" [1]
  5. Bellarmino Bagatti, The Church from the gentiles in Palestine: history and archaeology, 1971 snippet
  6. Günter Stemberger, Jews and Christians in the Holy Land: Palestine in the fourth century, 2000, p. 9 full text.
  7. Sophrone Pétridès, "Helenopolis", The Catholic Encyclopedia, 1910. Retrieved February 21, 2010 New Advent


  • Keil, Carl Friedrich (1857), Commentary on the Book of Joshua, T. & T. Clark 

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