Outline of the Palestinian territories

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A map of the Palestinian territories with the West Bank and Gaza Strip highlighted in red
An enlargeable map of the Palestinian territories and central Israel
An enlargeable map of the West Bank
An enlargeable map of the Gaza Strip

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to the Palestinian territories:

Palestinian territoriesWest Bank and the Gaza Strip, politically under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority the Hamas Government in Gaza, and the Israeli Civil Administration. Since the Palestinian Declaration of Independence in 1988, the region is today recognized by three-quarters of the world's countries to be the State of Palestine.[1] Although recently promoted to a non-member state status in the UN, the State of Palestine is not recognized by Israel and major Western nations, including the United States.


General reference[edit]

Geography of the Palestinian territories[edit]

An enlargeable topographic map of Israel and the Palestinian territories. Outlined in red are the 1949-designated boundaries of the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • Total: 466 km (290 mi)
 Israel 358 km (222 mi)
 Jordan 97 km (60 mi)
 Egypt 11 km (6.8 mi)

Environment of the Palestinian territories[edit]

An enlargeable satellite image of Israel, the Palestinian territories, and surrounding region
Inflorescence of the Pistacia palaestina, a shrub native to Palestine
The Dead Sea on a rough day, with salt deposits on cliffs
Colored postcard of the Jordan River by Karimeh Abbud circa 1925.
Palestinian refugees going towards Lebanon from the Galilee in October–November 1948

Natural geographic features of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Regions of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Ecoregions of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Administrative divisions of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Administrative divisions of the Palestinian National Authority[edit]

Demography of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Government and politics of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Main article: Government of the Palestinian territories and Politics of the Palestinian territories

Branches of the government of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Executive branch of the PLO[edit]

Yasser Arafat and Abu Jihad meet Gamal Abdel Nasser upon arrival in Cairo to attend first emergency Arab League summit, 1970

Executive branch of the PNA[edit]

Legislative branches of the government of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Judicial branch of the government of the Palestinian territories[edit]

  • According to the Constitution of Palestine, all courts relating to the country shall be independent.

Foreign relations of the Palestinian National Authority[edit]

Palestine and the United Nations[edit]

UN 1947 partition plan for Palestine

International organization membership[edit]

UN stamp commemorating the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people

Palestine is a member in a number of international organizations. In others, it enjoys affiliation in a lesser capacity or under another designation (such as PLO or Occupied Palestinian Territory). In the list below, if the membership is not full or not for the state of Palestine, the type and name of affiliation is denoted in parentheses.

International aid to the Palestinian territories[edit]

International solidarity movements[edit]

Law and order in the Palestinian territories[edit]

Main article: Palestinian Law
A veteran of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) in 1969, cleaning his rifle in Jordan. Palestinian fedayeen groups were driven out to Lebanon after Black September in Jordan.
Palestinian fedayeen from Fatah demonstrating in Beirut, Lebanon, 1979

Military of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Paramilitary forces of the PNA[edit]

Irregular Palestinian forces[edit]

Israeli military and intelligence forces[edit]

Main article: Israel Defense Forces

International civilian forces[edit]

Local government in the Palestinian territories[edit]

History of Palestine[edit]

Main article: History of Palestine, Timeline of the history of Palestine, and Current events of Palestine
Interior of the house of a Palestinian Christian family in Jerusalem. By W. H. Bartlett, ca 1850
Old postcard of men native to Gaza, Palestine
Propaganda label issued by Fatah, 1968-1969

Palestinian culture[edit]

Main article: Palestinian culture
Mosaic detailing on the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem
Old postcard depicting a woman, in traditional Palestinian costume, and children from Ramallah, British Mandate of Palestine
200pxNabulsi soap, a Palestinian handicraft, stacked for drying in "Camel" factory in Nablus in 2008
The Church of Bir Ya'acub (Jacob's Well) in Nablus, West Bank
Hebron glass on display in a shop in Hebron, West Bank
An artist's rendering of Palestinian pottery practices in Jaffa, Palestine in 1859, entitled, "The Potter and Wheel"
The ruins of Khirbet al-Mafjar, an Umayyad era palace in Jericho, West Bank

Art in the Palestinian territories[edit]

Sports and leisure in the Palestinian territories[edit]

Economy and infrastructure of the Palestinian territories[edit]

Logo of the Taybeh Beer company
The Yasser Arafat International Airport in Gaza. Severely damaged by an Israeli airstrike in 2001, the airport has remained closed ever since.

Education in the Palestinian territories[edit]

The main building of Bethlehem University in Bethlehem, West Bank
The amphitheatre of An-Najah National University overlooking the city of Nablus, West Bank

Books on the Palestinian territories[edit]

See also[edit]

Main article: Palestine


  1. ^ [1] "Note that the term Palestine has historically referred to the region which today incorporates Israel as well as the Palestinian territories. The current position was expressed by Mahmoud Abbas in his September 2011 speech to the United Nations: 'When we adopted this program, we were taking a painful and very difficult step for all of us, especially those, including myself, who were forced to leave their homes and their towns and villages, carrying only some of our belongings and our grief and our memories and the keys of our homes to the camps of exile and the Diaspora in the 1948 Al-Nakba, one of the worst operations of uprooting, destruction and removal of a vibrant and cohesive society that had been contributing in a pioneering and leading way in the cultural, educational and economic renaissance of the Arab Middle East. Yet, because we believe in peace and because of our conviction in international legitimacy, and because we had the courage to make difficult decisions for our people, and in the absence of absolute justice, we decided to adopt the path of relative justice - justice that is possible and could correct part of the grave historical injustice committed against our people. Thus, we agreed to establish the State of Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine - on all the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.'"
  2. ^ Martijn Schoonvelde (26 June 2009). "Palestinian Territories". Retrieved 2009-07-26. 
  3. ^ Sela and Ma'oz, 1997, p. 16.


External links[edit]

Wikimedia Atlas of Palestine