Note:Kobar is a Palestinian village in the Ramallah Governorate located 10.1 km north of Ramallah City. Kobar is bordered by Burham village to the east, Jibiya and Umm Safa lands to the north, Al Itihad to the west, and Al-Zaytouneh and Bir Zeit lands to the south. According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), the total population of Kobar in 2007 was 3,456, of whom 1,772 were male and 1,684 female. There were 668 households living in 707 housing units.
Impact of the Israeli
Geopolitical status in Kobar
According to the Oslo II Interim Agreement signed in 28th September 1995 between the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) and Israel, Kobar was divided into areas 'B' and 'C'. Approximately 5,324 dunums (53.7% of the village's total area) were assigned as area B, where the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has a complete control over civil matters but Israel continues to have overriding responsibility for security. Area 'B' constitutes most of the inhabited Palestinian areas, including municipalities, villages and some camps. It is worth mentioning that all of the village's population resides in area 'B'. The rest of the village's area, constituting 4,581 dunums (46.3% of the total area), is classified as area 'C', where Israel retains full control over security and administration related to the territory. In area 'C' Palestinian building and land management is prohibited unless through a consent or authorization by the Israeli Civil Administration. Most of the lands lying within the area 'C' are agricultural areas and open spaces.
The Geopolitical Divisions of Kobar – Ramallah Governorate Area Area in dunums Pct of Total village area Area A 0 0 Area B 5,324 53.7 Area C 4,581 46.3 Nature Reserve 0 0 Total 9,905 100 Source: ARIJ-GIS Unit, 2011
There are no Israeli settlements on Kobar lands, although some settlement blocs are very close to the village and located on neighboring villages' lands on the western side of the village. These include Hallamish settlement bloc and Hallamish military base, both of which are built on lands of An Nabi Salih and Deir Nidham. Nahliel settlement is located to the south-west of Kobar, 1,500 meters from the village. Both settlements were constructed on 853 dunums of land and are currently inhabited by approximately 1,500 Israeli settlers.Attacks carried out by Israeli settlers living in the illegal settlements around Kobar have had a serious and significant impact on the village people and their properties. These attacks allow settlers to control more Palestinian lands adjacent to the settlements by preventing landowners from accessing their land. Settlers near Kobar have also enclosed land using barbed wire and planted trees on Palestinian lands to increase their control. They have also burnt and uprooted trees planted and owned by Palestinians and attacked landowners to intimidate them and deter them from returning to their lands.
Kobar residents are from several families, mainly the Al Barghouthi, Dar Yousef, Dar Yasin, Dar 'Amriyah, Dar Badwan, Dar Abu al Hajj, Dar al Fahel, Al Masa'da families. The Barghouti clan is the largest in the town and make-up about a third of the council.
Sheikh Omar Barghouthi Marwan Barghouti was born in Kobar. Nael Al-Barghouti
- ARIJ town profile
Wikimapia: See this place in Wikimapia
See this place in a dynamic Google map
See the location of this place in a static overview map
See this Wikipedia (English) article
Palestine Remembered: See data about this place in Palestine Remembered