Traveling through the Levant, you run across several dwellings that hold the name Jubeil, but you rarely hear of the village: Nisf Jubeil. People often know of Bint Jubeil, Jubeil but almost never Nisf Jubeil – not even among locals. Given the common use of the name ‘Jubeil’ it is believed to have existed in ancient languages. Myth states that the name Jbeil is used based on the importance of the sun in older civilizations, and the intensity of the sun in this region. However, there is no evidence of Jubeil meaning sun in any modern or ancient language. Furthermore, in Nisf Jubeil, the sun shines for a short period of the day. It rises late in the morning, and sets early in the afternoon.
“Digging deep, one uncovers the village as part of an ecosystem; it is a holistic and complete system of networks, activities, functions, and building components that work together in a more or less synergetic and congruent way. Over time, it has become an everlasting model of self-sufficiency. It has a quality of wholeness: every part contributes to the bigger whole. Underlying this village character is the Palestinian farmer and the peasants as a collective, which has greatly influenced the development of Palestinian society.”