Districts of the British Mandate of Palestine


Districts of the British Mandate of Palestine

During the period of British rule over Palestine, 1918–1948, the territory of the British Mandate for Palestine was divided into administrative regions known as districts, divisions, or sub-districts. The number of parts and the boundaries between them were adjusted repeatedly. Initially the country was divided into 13 administrative districts, reduced to 10 in 1919, each under a military government.[1] The division was revised after the adoption of a civilian administration in 1920.

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Administrative divisions in 1922

At the time of the October, 1922, census of Palestine, there were three districts divided into 15 sub-districts.[2]

  • Southern District
  • Beersheba Sub-district
  • Gaza Sub-district
  • Hebron Sub-district
  • Jerusalem-Jaffa District
  • Bethlehem Sub-district
  • Jaffa Division
  • Jaffa Sub-district
  • Ramleh Sub-district
  • Jericho Sub-district
  • Jerusalem Sub-district
  • Ramallah Sub-district
  • Samaria District
  • Baisan Sub-district
  • Jenin Sub-district
  • Nablus Sub-district
  • Tulkarem Sub-district
  • Northern District
  • Acre Sub-district
  • Haifa Sub-district
  • Nazareth Sub-district
  • Safad Sub-district
  • Tiberias Sub-district

Administrative divisions in 1931

At the time of the November, 1931, census of Palestine, there were three districts divided into 18 sub-districts.[3]

  • Southern District
  • Beersheba Sub-district
  • Gaza Sub-district
  • Jaffa Sub-district
  • Ramleh Sub-district
  • Jerusalem District
  • Bethlehem Sub-district
  • Hebron Sub-district
  • Jericho Sub-district
  • Jerusalem Sub-district
  • Ramallah Sub-district
  • Northern District
  • Acre Sub-district
  • Baisan Sub-district
  • Haifa Sub-district
  • Jenin Sub-district
  • Nablus Sub-district
  • Nazareth Sub-district
  • Safad Sub-district
  • Tiberias Sub-district
  • Tulkarem Sub-district

Administrative divisions in 1939

In 1937, the Acre, Beisan, Nazareth, Safad and Tiberius sub-districts were removed from the Northern District to form a new Galilee District headquartered at Nazareth.[4] In 1938, the Beersheba and Gaza sub-districts were separated from the Southern District.[5] Then in 1939, the Administrative Division (Amendment) Proclamation reshaped the country into six districts.[6]

  • Gaza District
  • Beersheba Sub-district
  • Gaza Sub-district
  • Lydda District
  • Jaffa Sub-district
  • Ramleh Sub-district
  • Jerusalem District
  • Bethlehem Sub-district
  • Hebron Sub-district
  • Jericho Sub-district
  • Jerusalem Sub-district
  • Ramallah Sub-district
  • Samaria District
  • Jenin Sub-district
  • Nablus Sub-district
  • Tulkarm Sub-district
  • Haifa District
  • Haifa Sub-district
  • Galilee and Acre District
  • Acre Sub-district
  • Baisan Sub-district
  • Nazareth Sub-district
  • Safad Sub-district
  • Tiberias Sub-district

Administrative divisions in 1945

In 1940 the name of the Galilee and Acre District was changed to Galilee District, and the headquarters of the Lydda District was moved from Ramle to Lydda.[7] The Administrative Divisions (Amendment) Proclamation of June 1945 reduced the number of sub-districts of the Jerusalem District to three.[8][9][10]

  • Gaza District
  • Beersheba Sub-district
  • Gaza Sub-district
  • Lydda District
  • Jaffa Sub-district
  • Ramleh Sub-district
  • Jerusalem District
  • Hebron Sub-district
  • Jerusalem Sub-district
  • Ramallah Sub-district
  • Samaria District
  • Jenin Sub-district
  • Nablus Sub-district
  • Tulkarem Sub-district
  • Haifa District
  • Haifa Sub-district
  • Galilee District
  • Acre Sub-district
  • Baisan Sub-district
  • Nazareth Sub-district
  • Safad Sub-district
  • Tiberias Sub-district


See also

References

  1. ^ A Survey of Palestine: Prepared in December, 1945 and January, 1946 for the Information of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry, Volume I, p.125, J. V. W. Shaw (Editor)
  2. ^ J. B. Barron, ed (1923). Palestine: Report and General Abstracts of the Census of 1922. Government of Palestine. 
  3. ^ E. Mills, ed (1932). Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem: Government of Palestine. 
  4. ^ Palestine Post, July 15, 1937, p3.
  5. ^ Palestine Post, December 1, 1938, p2.
  6. ^ Palestine Post, July 2, 1939, p1.
  7. ^ Palestine Post, January, 1940, p. 2
  8. ^ Government of Palestine, Village Statistics 1945 (Hadawi Edition) p12
  9. ^ Palestine Post, June 11, 1945, p. 3
  10. ^ Survey of Palestine, Vol. I, p104.

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