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Kafr Manda
District North
Government Local council (from 1973)
Hebrew כַּפְר מַנְדָא
Arabic كفر مندا
Also spelled Kafar Manda (officially)

Kfar Manda, Kufur Manda (unofficially)

Population 15,000 (2005)
Area 11052 dunams (11.052 km2; 4.267 sq mi)
Head of municipality Rafi' Hajajra
Founded in 11th century

Kafr Manda or Kfar Menda (Arabic: كفر مندا‎, Hebrew: כַּפְר מַנְדָא‎) is an Israeli-Arab town in the Lower Galilee on the slopes of Mount Atzmon in Israel's North District. Kafr Manda is 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northwest of the city of Nazareth. It had a population of 15,000 in 2005, the majority of them Muslim Arabs.


Kafr Manda is believed to the site of Kfar Mandi, a large Jewish town dating back to Mishnaic and Medieval times. The tombs of Akabia ben Mahalalel, Shimon ben Gamliel II, and Issachar of Kfar Mandi are located here.

According to the Muslim scholar Yaqut al-Hamawi,

Kafr Manda lies between Acre and Tiberias and also goes by the name Midian. The tomb of the wife of Moses is seen here. Also, the pit covered by the rock which Moses raised up in order give himself and his wife water to drink... At Kafr Mandah may also be seen the tombs of two of Jacob's sons Asher and Naphthali as is reported.[1]

According to local tradition, the Arab town was founded in the 18th century, preserving the name of the ancient Jewish town.[2]

On the crossroads between Acre and Nazareth, Kafr Manda was captured by Israel during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. The town achieved local council status in 1973. Since then, roads have been paved, schools have been built and infrastructures such as sewage, electricity and irrigation systems have been introduced.

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