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meaning latd 31 latm 54 latNS N longd 35 longm 12 longEW E founded type muna typefrom 1995 altOffSp Ramallah altUnoSp

governorate rb population 70,000 http: CountryProfile.aspx?crName Occupied%20Palestinian%20Territory population_footnotes 2007 PCBS Population. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.53. (Arabic) popyear 2009 area 16,344 areakm 16.3 mayor Musa Hadid website '''Ramallah''' (

, pronounced ''Rāmallāh'' north of Jerusalem at an elevation of 875 meters above sea level, adjacent to al-Bireh. It currently serves as the de facto administrative capital of the State of Palestine. With a population of nearly 70,092, Ramallah was historically a Christian town


longm 12 longs 56 longEW E mayor Gabi Na'im Kamil '''Jifna''' ( north of Jerusalem. A village of about 1,400 people, ref

(''Burj Jifna'') once used by the Ottomans as a prison, a Roman villa, an olive oil press and a winery. Islamic, Crusader and Ottoman rule File:Jifna Women Weaving.jpg thumb left

-05. Throughout the ongoing Second Intifada, which began in 2000, Jifna has not experienced violence to the same extent as other parts of the West Bank, such as in nearby Ramallah, but its residents face travel restrictions and economic hardship.

Bani Zeid

population 5,515 population_footnotes popyear 2007 area areakm mayor Abdel Karim Abu Aql website '''Bani Zeid''' ( northwest of Ramallah, about 45 kilometers northwest of Jerusalem and about

and administrative control in 2000. The next year it became the first Palestinian-controlled town to be the site of major operation by Israeli forces during the Second Intifada. When Fathiya Barghouti Rheime was elected mayor in 2005, Bani Zeid became the first Palestinian locality with a woman as head of the municipality, in concurrence with nearby Ramallah. The current mayor is Abdel Karim Abu Aql, elected in 2012. Historically, Bani Zeid's economy was dependent on the olive crop, which

of Salfit. The 20 villages were 'Atara, Ajjul, 'Arura (Bani Zeid al-Sharqiya), Beit Rima, Deir Dibwan, Deir Ghassaneh, Ein Siniya, Yabrud (Yabrud, Ramallah), Jifna, Jiljiliya, Kafr Ein, Kafr Aqab, Qarawa (Qarawat Bani Zeid), Kafr 'Ana, Mazari (Bani Zeid al-Sharqiya), al-Mazra'a ash-Sharqiya, Nabi Salih, Deir as-Sudan, Kobar, Surda (Surda, Ramallah). See Singer, 1994, p. 77. While these villages were registered


government buildings, a post office, a school and a hospital in that area. Thawab, 2009, p. 32. These new services further cemented Tulkarm's role as a focal point for the inhabitants of the area. In 1908. the Ottomans turned Tulkarm into a major rail junction on the Hejaz Railway line running up from Egypt and southern Palestine to Haifa and Akka (Acre, Israel) in the northwest, Jerusalem, Nablus and Ramallah to the south, Lebanon to the north

mi sp us east of the Israeli coastal town of Netanya. It is bordered by the 1948 cease-fire line (Green Line (Israel)), with the Centre (Central District (Israel)) and Haifa Districts in the west, and Qalqiliya and Ramallah Districts to the south. Its central location between a plain and a mountain has made it commercially and strategically significant and has had a great effect on its growth. In the past, Tulkarm was a caravan station and a trading center for products

%20Statistics Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Palestinian Authority however use Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Salfit, Ramallah and Tubas Governorates (Governorates of the Palestinian National Authority) as administrative centres for the same region. Area A, 2.7%, full civil control of the Palestinian Authority, comprises Palestinian towns, and some rural areas away from Israeli settlements in the north (between Jenin, Nablus, Tubas


. It has produced various basic statistical series on the territories, dealing with population, employment, wages, external trade, national accounts, and various other topics." Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs The Palestinian Authority however use Nablus, Jenin, Tulkarm, Qalqilya, Salfit, Ramallah and Tubas Governorates of the Palestinian National

and the Judean Desert. The most densely populated part of the region is a mountainous spine, running north-south, where the cities of Jerusalem, Nablus, Ramallah, al-Bireh, Jenin, Bethlehem, Hebron and Yattah are located as well as the Israeli settlements of Ariel (Ariel (city)), Ma'ale Adumim and Betar Illit. Ramallah, although relatively mid in population compared to other major cities as Hebron, Nablus and Jenin, serves

as an economic and political center for the Palestinians. Near Ramallah the new city of Rawabi is under construction. Palestinian city of Rawabi to serve 'nation in the making'. Jerusalem Post, May 11, 2011 UN chief says time running out for peace deal. Atlanta Journal, February 2, 2012 Jenin in the extreme north

Beit El

of al-Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah. In September 1997, Beit El was awarded local council status. The head of the local council is Moshe Rosenbaum. As of January 2013, Beit El had a population of over 6,000 residents. The international community considers

to revive the peace process, the Civil Administration approved 296 homes to build, allegedly also to be compensation for Israelis who were evicted from Ulpana. Al Jazeera, 9 May 2013 ''Israel okays new settler homes near Ramallah'' According to Peace Now, the ''296 units plan'' comes in addition to the 90 homes approved in February, the 200 units approved in December 2012 and 30 temporary homes. ref

cliffs. The limestone formations at the springs are dated to the Cenomanian age. The nature reserve is noteworthy as a habitat for the Hedera helix ivy, not known to grow anywhere else between the region of Edom to the south and the Galilee to the north, as well as the Teucrium montbretii (Teucrium), which grows only in the vicinity of Ramallah.


. The factory specializes in the production of Italian cheese and primarily targets cosmopolitan consumers in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Jerusalem as well as international workers and diplomats living in the West Bank. Irving, 2012, p. 55. Government Tubas serves as the ''muhfaza'' ("capital" or "seat") of the Tubas Governorate. Since 1995, Tubas has been located in Area A, giving the PNA full control over its security, administration

on Highway 588 connected to the main Ramallah-Nablus road (Highway 60) (Highway 60 (Israel)) by a network of northeastern offshoots of the road, that pass through the villages of Azmut, al-Badhan and Ras al-Far'a. It is connected to Jenin from a northern road which passes through 'Aqqaba, Zababdeh and finally to Jenin. Travel to Jordan is through Highway 57 (Highway 57 (Israel)) which is connected with Highway 588 just to the south of Tubas

: opt OCHA_Body-ASP_Files Coordination_Sec OCHA-oPt_FCU_BIOs_PDFs OCHA-oPt_Tubas-FCU_Bio_Data-22Nov04.pdf Tubas Bio Data - United Nations (pdf file) Category:Cities in the West Bank Category:Tubas Governorate Category:Tubas Political and Ecumenical Issues Mayors of Ramallah, Birzeit, Bethlehem, Zababdeh, Nazareth, Jifna, Ein 'Arik, Aboud, Taybeh, Beit Jala


-paving in the old city were damaged. The al-Shifa ''hammam (Turkish bath)'' was hit by three rockets from Apache helicopters. The eastern entrance of the Khan al-Wikala (old market) and three soap factories were destroyed in F-16 (F-16 Fighting Falcon) bombings. The cost of the damage was estimated at $80 million US. Report on the Destruction to Palestinian Institutions in Nablus and Other Cities (Except Ramallah) Caused

Massad, ‘Munich, or Making Baklava,’ '&#39;The Electronic Intifada'&#39;, 3 February 2006 publisher date accessdate 2009-04-22 * Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom, since 1994 Ramallah (West Bank), Jerusalem is the proclaimed capital of Palestine <

;ref name "Ref_a" The Palestine Basic Law, approved by the PLC in May 2002, states in the article 3 "Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine" (source: Ramallah is the administrative capital and the location of government institutions as well as the foreign representative offices of Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany


, ''al-Latrun'') is the place of a Trappist Monastery

; ref The Irgun continued to attack police stations and headquarters, and Tegart Fort (Tegart fort), a fortified police station (today the location of Latrun). One relatively complex operation was overtaking of the governmental radio station in Ramallah, on May 17, 1944. In October 1944 the British began expelling hundreds of arrested Irgun and Lehi members to detention camps in Africa. 251 detainees from Latrun were flown

soldiers dead, and Israeli forces advanced through Beit Horon (Beth-Horon) towards Ramallah, taking four fortified villages along the way. By the evening, the brigade arrived in Ramallah. Meanwhile, the 163rd Infantry Battalion secured Abu Tor following a fierce battle, severing the Old City from Bethlehem and Hebron. thumb 250px Mordechai Gur (File:Motta Gur Marpeset Picture.jpg) and his paratroopers survey Jerusalem's Old City before capturing it Jordan soon began shelling

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