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Biddya Biddya Arabic بديا Governorate Salfit Government Municipality Also spelled Biddia (officially) Bedia (unofficially) Coordinates 32°06′51.37″N 35°04′39.12″E / 32.1142694°N 35.0775333°E / 32.1142694; 35.0775333Coordinates: 32°06′51.37″N 35°04′39.12″E / 32.1142694°N 35.0775333°E / 32.1142694; 35.0775333 Population 8,325 (2006) Head of Municipality Ramadan Shatat Biddya (Arabic: بديا‎) is a Palestinian town in the Salfit Governorate, located 32 kilometers southwest of Nablus and half that distance from Salfit in the northern West Bank.[1] According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Biddya had a population of 8,325 inhabitants in mid-year 2006.[2] The town is governed by a municipal council of eleven members who each represent the prominent families of Biddya and select a mayor.[1] Biddya is situated on the western ridge of the central mountain range that runs north-south in the West Bank. It has an elevation of 320 meters above sea level. The historical Nablus-Jerusalem road is nearby. A shrine for a local holy man, Sheikh Hamdan is located in the town.[3] Contents 1 Economy 2 Public institutions 3 References 4 Bibliography // Economy Biddya depends primarily on olive groves for olive oil and Nabulsi soap production — the town's main industries. The town mostly receives food products from subsistence farming or local grocery markets. Prior to the beginning of the Second Intifada in the fall of 2000, many residents worked in neighboring towns and cities, especially in Nablus and Ramallah, as well as for Israeli employers. The main road traversing the village, Road #505 (previously part of the Trans-Samaria Highway), was lined with many stores which served thousands of Israeli shoppers who would frequent the town each week including residents of the Israeli settlements passing through, as well as Israelis living in the Tel Aviv area who were looking for products at low prices. Unemployment was about 20%, however since the Intifada that figure has risen to 78-90%. Besides farming, some inhabitants live off their savings and others receive aid from relatives abroad.[1] Public institutions Biddya has four schools — two for each gender and a private school. Most graduates from high school that attend college, enroll in an-Najah National University in Nablus or Bir Zeit University in Bir Zeit. There are four mosques and a three health clinics in the town.[1] References ^ a b c d Biddya Village Profile International Women's Peace Service. ^ Projected Mid -Year Population for Salfit District by Locality 2004- 2006 Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics ^ Sharon, 1999, p. 235 Bibliography Sharon, Moshe (1999), Corpus Inscriptionum Arabicarum Palaestinae, Vol. II, B-C, BRILL, ISBN 9789004110830,  v • d • e Salfit Governorate Municipalities Biddya · Kafr ad-Dik · Salfit · az-Zawiya Villages Bruqin · Deir Ballut · Deir Istiya · Farkha · Haris · Iskaka · Kifl Hares · Marda · Mas-ha · Qarawat Bani Hassan · Qira · Rafat · Sarta · Yasuf