Yatta is locatit on the steid o the Biblical toun o Juttah. A Jewish burial complex datin tae the 2nt century CE wis foond in the toun in 1931.Eusebius (4t-cent.) wrote that Yatta wis "a vera lairge veelage o Jews aichteen miles sooth o Beit Guvrin."
In 1596 it wis recordit as haein a population o 127 Muslim families, an paid taxes on wheat, barley, olives, goats an bee-hives. In 1931 the population wis coontit as 4,034 Muslims. The day, some Palestinian-Arab residents believe they oreeginate frae the Jewish kinrick o Khaybar in the sooth-wastren Arabie Peninsulae an are descendit frae the Jewish tribes o Arabie. Research by Yitzhak Ben Zvi in 1928 also suggested that three out of the six extended families in Yatta belonged to the "Mehamra" group and possibly descended from an Arabian Jewish tribe.
Seiven Palestinians wur killed in Yatta durin the Seicont Intifada in different incidents frae 2002-04.
↑*Hütteroth, Wolf-Dieter; Abdulfattah, Kamal (1977), Historical Geography of Palestine, Transjordan and Southern Syria in the Late 16th Century, Erlanger Geographische Arbeiten, Sonderband 5. Erlangen, Germany: Vorstand der Fränkischen Geographischen Gesellschaft, p. 123
↑Census of Palestine 1931. Population of Villages, Towns and Administrative Areas. Jerusalem, 1932, p. 34.