To refer other people to this list of materials, use this URL:

Kobar (Kaubar/Khobar), Ramallah gov.

Zoom:range: 0-17
Palestinian     Former Palestinian (ethnically cleansed)
Israeli Jewish
Lebanese     Syrian     Jordanian   Egyptian   Saudi   unclassified

Latitude: 31.9806892 (31° 58' 50'' N)
Longitude: 35.1607731 (35° 9' 39'' E)
Type of place: Palestinian town in West Bank

Location: Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate


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.

Notable Residents

  • Sheikh Omar Barghouthi
  • Marwan Barghouti was born in Kobar.
  • Nael Al-Barghouti
  • Resources

    Wikimapia: See this place in Wikimapia

    Google maps
    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

    Events in the database involving this place

    Number of related events: 10

    People/organizations asociated with this place

    The database entries for the following entities refer to this place:

    Omar Barghouthi   • Shadi Barghouti

    Material in the database about this place

    Number of related articles: 12
    Number of related images/maps: 0
    Number of related audio/visual clips: 0
    Number of related quotations: 0


    Other places near this place

    within kilometres of this place

    Biographies which mention this place

    Find people (if any) whose biographies mention this place

    A disclaimer applies to this page. This page is not part of the official UCC website. This page is part of a research database of opinions on Palestine and related topics which is maintained by members of the UCC Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which comprises a group of students and staff in the university. The emphasis in this research project is on provenance -- we aim to provide as much information as possible on the background of the people whose opinions are in the database, so that readers can make up their own minds on the credibility that they wish to attach to these opinions.