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The list of Arab localities in Israel includes all population centers with a 50% or higher Arab population in the State of Israel. East Jerusalem and Golan are not internationally recognized parts of Israel proper but have been included in this list. The city of Acre has an Arab minority of 45% and both Lod and Ramla have Arab populations of 20%.

Map of Arab population, 2000


Center District

The majority of the Center District's Arab population live along or near the Green Line which separates Israel from the West Bank in an area known as the triangle. The largest city is Tayibe with a population of approximately 33,000. In addition, there are approximately 25,000 Arabs inhabitants in the Jaffa area of Tel Aviv-Yafo, comprising 6.8% of the city's total population.

Jerusalem District

The Arab populations of the Jerusalem District are primarily concentrated in East Jerusalem, however there are 4 other towns that still exist within the district's jurisdiction. Abu Ghosh is the largest of them.



East Jerusalem was annexed by Israel after its victory over Jordan during the Six-Day War in 1967. The annexation has not been recognized by any country. East Jerusalem was joined with the western part of Jerusalem, along with several surrounding Palestinian towns and villages. Today, Arabs constitute 55% of East Jerusalem and 33% of Jerusalem as a whole. The following are the primarily Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

South District

The South District's Arab population lives primarily in the northwestern Negev or Naqab Desert and is entirely composed of Bedouins. Several Arab towns in the area are not formally recognized by the government and those particular towns do not receive most of the basic utilities that is required for a town or city in the state. The largest locality is the city of Rahat.

Haifa District

Most Arabs of the Haifa District live in the Wadi Ara region that straddles along the northwestern border of the West Bank. There is a substantial Druze population in the Carmel region and in the Wadi Nisnas neighborhood of Haifa. Umm al-Fahm is the largest Arab locality of the district.

North District

Arabs make up 52% of the North District's population, making it Israel's only district with an Arab majority. 46% of the entire Israeli-Arab population live in this district. Nazareth is the largest locality with a population of approximately 65,000.

Golan Heights

The Golan Heights was captured in 1967 during the Six-Day War. As a result, hundreds of villages were abandoned. The Israeli Head of Surveying and Demolition Supervision for the Golan Heights proposed the demolition of 127 of the unpopulated villages, with about 90 abandoned villages to be demolished shortly after May 15, 1968.[18][19] The demolitions were carried out by contractors hired for the job.[19] Five Arab towns remain today. It was officially annexed by Israel in 1981 although no country including the United Nations recognizes the territory as Israel's. Israel governs the Golan Heights as a part of the North District


 † Some of the Inhabitants are Christian Arab

  1. ^ The result of a merger of the Arab villages of Yamma, Bir as-Sikka, Ibtan and Marja)
  2. ^ Result of a merger between Ar'ara and 'Ara
  3. ^ Result of a merger between Baqa al-Gharbiyye and Jatt
  4. ^ Result of a merger between Barta'a, Ein as-Sahala and Mu'awiya
  5. ^ Result of a merger between the Druze localities Daliyat al-Karmel and Isfiya
  6. ^ Result of the merger of the Arab villages of Bayada, Musmus, Salim, Musheirifa and Zalafa
  7. ^ Result of a merger between the town of Bu'eine and the Bedouin village of Nujeidat
  8. ^ Result of a merger between the Arab towns of Jadeidi and Makr
  9. ^ Result of a merger between Ka'abiyye, Tabash and Hajajre
  10. ^ Result of a merger between the Bedouin villages of Kamanneh East and Kamanneh West
  11. ^ a b Entire population is made of Circassians, but are considered Arabs
  12. ^ Result of a merger between Arab villages of Kisra and Kafr Sumei
  13. ^ Result of a merger between Majd al-Krum, Deir al-Asad and Bi'ina
  14. ^ Result of a merger between Bedouin villages of Arab ash-Shibli and Umm al-Ghannam
  15. ^ Result of a merger between the Jewish town of Ma'alot and the Arab town of Tarshiha
  16. ^ Result of a merger between Bedouin villages of Tuba and az-Zangariyya
  17. ^ Result of a merger between Yanuh and Jat
  18. ^ Kimmerling, Baruch (2003), Politicide: Ariel Sharon's war against the Palestinians, Verso, p. 28, ISBN 978 1 84467 532 6,  
  19. ^ a b "The Fate of Abandoned Arab Villages, 1965-1969" by Aron Shai (History & Memory - Volume 18, Number 2, Fall/Winter 2006, pp. 86-106) "As the pace of the surveys increased in the West Bank, widespread operations also began on the Golan Heights, which had been captured from Syria during the war (figure 7). Dan Urman, whose official title was Head of Surveying and Demolition Supervision for the Golan Heights, was in charge of this task. Urman submitted a list of 127 villages for demolition to his bosses. ... The demolitions were executed by contractors hired for the job. Financial arrangements and coordination with the ILA and the army were recorded in detail. Davidson commissioned surveys and demolition supervision from the IASS [Israel Archaeological Survey Society]. Thus, for example, in a letter dated 15 May 1968, he wrote to Ze'ev Yavin: 'Further to our meeting, this is to inform you that within a few days we will start demolishing about 90 abandoned villages on the Golan Heights (see attached list)."

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