All the inhabitants of the village – around 140 people – are members of the same extended family, the El Azi family.
They primarily make a living from agriculture, and sheep & cattle rearing.
They also make revenue from the El Azi Parts - auto spare parts business.
The El Azi family moved down from Mt. Hebron 300 years ago and acquired property, mainly land. The family received the land from the Turkish Sultan . The family mostly lived at Beit Jubrin and Masmiye.
After decades of living in the area, and after a hard struggle of the Yo'av Regional Council with the state of Israel, El Azi was recognized as an Israeli community in 2001.