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Etymology The name Afula is mentioned first around 19th century BC as "Ofel" in the Execration texts -

Much later, during the Ottoman rule, around 18th century AD, there was a small Arab village el-'Afuleh, also written Affule.<ref name="Al-Fuleh, PIWP database">[1]</ref> The modern name is derived from the name of this village. It may originate in the Canaanite-Hebrew root ofel ("fortress tower"),<ref name="Afulah, Encyclopedia Judaica">Afulah, Encyclopedia Judaica</ref> or the Arab word for "ruptured".<ref>Palmer, 1881, p. 142</ref>

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