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PALESTINE. See West Bank and Gaza. ...more

WEST BANK AND GAZA

WEST BANK AND GAZA. The territories west of the Jordan River, lost by Jordan in the 1967 war with Israel, are known as the West Bank; the Gaza Strip, lost to Israel by Egypt in the same war, is a narrow strip of land on the Mediterranean coast. These territories have been the subject of dispute between Israel and the Palestinians, the majority population of both areas. Islamic tradition has considered Palestine central to the faith. The prophet Muhammad ordained Jerusalem the site of the first ( ...more

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