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|Government||Local council (from 1960)|
|Name meaning||Jaffa of Nazareth|
|Also spelled|| Yafia (officially)
|Area||4087 dunams (4.087 km2; 1.578 sq mi)|
Yafa an-Naseriyye (Arabic: يافة الناصره, "Jaffa of Nazareth", also Yafa, Yafia or Yafi Hebrew: יָפָא, יָפִיעַ) is an Arab local council located in the Lower Galilee, Israel. It forms part of the metropolitan area of Nazareth, also an Arab locality. Declared a local council in 1960, Yafa had a population of 16,200 in 2005, approximately 70% of whom are Muslim and 30% Christian.
Yafa has been identified as the ancient town of Japhia, mentioned in the Book of Joshua as a border town of Zebulun (Joshua 19:12). Local medieval tradition holds that Zebedee and his two sons, James and John lived in Yafa.
A substantial portion of Yafa's population today are the descendents of internally displaced Palestinians from the neighbouring village of Ma'alul which was depopulated during the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. People from Ma'alul participated in the local elections in Yafa under the banner of the "Ma'alul refugees' party" with platform also focused on issues of interest or concern to wider population as a way of attracting political support from local parties.
- ↑ Edgar Johnson Goodspeed (December 1900). "From Haifa to Nazareth". The Biblical World 16 (6): 407–413. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0190-3578(190012)16%3A6%3C407%3AFHTN%3E2.0.CO%3B2-8.
- ↑ Nihad Bokae'e (February 2003). "Palestinian Internally Displaced Persons inside Israel:Challenging the Solid Structures". Badil. http://184.108.40.206/search?q=cache:pAyzZrWxCJEJ:www.badil.org/Publications/Monographs/Palestinian.IDPs.pdf.
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