PLace

Sabbarin

Place
Sabbarin — صَبّارين
District
Haifa
Subdistrict
Haifa
Average Elevation
100 m
Distance from Haifa
28 km
Population
Year Arab Total
1931 1108
1944/45 1700
Land Ownership (1944/45) in dunums
Year Arab Jewish Public Total
1944/45 19840 4209 1258 25307
Land Use (1944/45) in dunums
Use Arab Jewish Public Total
Non-Cultivable & Built-up (Total)
Use Arab Public Total
Non-Cultivable 6843 1258 8101
Built-up 179
7022 1258 8280 (33%)
Cultivable (Total)
Use Arab Jewish Total
Cereal 12773 4100 16873
Plantation and Irrigable 45 109 154
12818 4209 17027 (67%)
Number of Houses (1931)
256

The village was situated on the banks of Wadi al-Tin, which cut through the village in a north-south direction. Secondary roads linked it to the Haifa-Jenin highway and the coastal highway. The Crusaders called it Sabbarim or Sabarim. In the late nineteenth century, the village of Sabbarin was situated on a slope and built of stone and mud. A large masonry well-said to be the head of the Caesarea aqueduct-was located near the village. An estimated 600 people lived in the village, which was described as 'large,' and cultivated 55 faddans (1 faddan = 100-250 dunums).  In modern times its population consisted of 1,670 Muslims and 30 Christians. The village had a boys' elementary school, as well as numerous wadis and springs that provided water. The villagers were engaged primarily in agriculture and animal husbandry, growing grain, vegetables, and olives. In 1944/45 a total of 12,773 dunums was allotted to cereals; 45 dunums were irrigated or used for orchards. A large masonry shaft west of the village, which has been identified as the head of the Caesarea High Level Roman aqueduct, drew water from springs near Sabbarin. Published archaeological surveys have provided minimum evidence of the antiquity of the village.

The settlement of Ramot Menashe, built in 1948, is on village lands, northeast of the site. Israeli settlers established the settlement of Ammiqam in 1950, 1 km south of the village site, on village land.

The large site, strewn with the stone debris of houses, is overgrown with wild thorns. The thorns are interspersed with cactuses and pine, fig, olive, and mulberry trees. Some of the surrounding lands are used by Israelis as pasture and for growing fruit trees.