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  • זמר
  • زيمر
Hebrew transcription(s)
 • ISO 259 Zemr
Zemer is located in Israel
Grid position 154/197 PAL
District Central
Founded 1988 (merger)
 • Type Local council (from 1988)
 • Total 8,203 dunams (8.203 km2 or 3.167 sq mi)
Population (2009)[1]
 • Total 5,700
Name meaning Khurbet Ibthan; meaning "Ruin of gardens, or of soft soil"[2]

Zemer (Hebrew: זמר‎; Arabic: زيمر‎) is an Arab local council in the Center District of Israel. It is located in the Arab Triangle area, between Baqa-Jatt and Bat Hefer on Road 574. Zemer is the result of a merger of four villages – Yama, Bir al-Sika, Ibtan and Marja - in 1988


Potsherds dating from the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine era have been found at Ibtan.[3] Yama and Ibtan appeared in Ottoman tax registers compiled in 1596, in the Nahiyas of Qaqun and Jabal Sami, respectively, of the Nablus Liwa. Yama had a population of 18 Muslim households and 5 bachelors, while Ibtan was indicated as empty even though it paid taxes.[4]

In 1882, in the Palestine Exploration Fund's Survey of Western Palestine, only Khurbet Ibthan was noted, with "traces of ruins and a well."[5]

Prior to 1948, all four villages were administratively related to modern-day Palestinian town of Deir al-Ghusun.[6]

Zemer's population at the end of 2009 was 5,700,[1] and its jurisdiction is 8,203 dunams.[7]


  1. ^ a b
  2. ^ Palmer, 1881, p. 185
  3. ^ Abu Fana, 2006, Ibthan
  4. ^ Hütteroth and Abdulfattah, 1977, pp. 127,138
  5. ^ Conder and Kitchener, 1882, SWP II, p. 196
  6. ^ Tulkarm District Stats from Village Statistics of 1945: A Classification of Land and Area ownership in Palestine (1970) Hadawi, Sami. The Palestine Liberation Organization Research Center
  7. ^


External links

  • Survey of Western Palestine, Map 11: IAA,
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