The name West Bank is a translation of the Arabic term ad-Diffah I-Garbiyyah, given to the territory west of the Jordan River that fell, in 1948, under occupation and administration by Jordan, which subsequently annexed it in 1950. This annexation was considered illegal and was recognized only by Britain, Iraq and Pakistan.
The West Bank is a piece of land in the Middle East. It touches the Dead Sea and the River Jordan. The landscape is mostly hills or desert. The weather in the summer is hot and dry.
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The West Bank bantustans, or West Bank cantons, figuratively described as the Palestine Archipelago, are the proposed noncontiguous enclaves for the Palestinians of the West Bank under a variety of US and Israeli-led proposals to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The process of creating the fragmented Palestinian zones has been described as "encystation" by Professor Glenn Bowman, Emeritus Professor of Politics and International Relations at Kent University, and as "enclavization" by Profess
After the 1967 Six-Day War, a small group of officers and senior Israeli officials advocated for Israel, on its own, to create a small externally controlled Palestinian area or "canton", in the north of the West Bank. Policymakers did not implemente this cantonal plan at the time
On 4 May 1994, as a follow up of the Oslo I Accord, Israel and the PLO signed the Gaza–Jericho Agreement that stipulated arrangements for the withdrawal of Israeli troops from both named areas. Azmi Bishara commented that the model envisaged for Gaza was a Bantustan, one ...
Ariel Sharon's withdrawal of Israeli settlements from Gaza was widely interpreted as part of a broader strategy of bantustanization connected to the creation of the Separation Barrier. Indeed in private he openly stated that the Apartheid Bantustan example furnished an appropriat
In an analysis of hostility to Israel in South Africa, where just over a quarter of the population express sympathy for the country, Milton Shain interprets this as arising from four factors:the growth of radicalism among the 2% of the population that is Muslim. a third-worldist outlook sympathizing with Palestinians emerging from the heritage of the ANC's struggle against apartheid a tendency among the black and white intelligentsia to frame their perceptions of the conflict through a South Afr
The name "cantons" is considered to imply a neutral concept where political implications are left to be determined, whereas the name "bantustans" is considered to imply economic and political implications and the lack of meanginful sovereignty. The name "islands" or "archipelago" is considered to communicate how the infrastructure of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank has disrupted contiguity between Palestinian areas.
The barrier between Abu Dis and East Jerusalem, June 2004 The Israeli West Bank barrier or wall or fence (for further names see here) is a separation barrier in the West Bank or along the Green Line. Israel calls it a security barrier against terrorism, while Palestinians call it a racial segregation or apartheid wall.
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The West Bank (Also known as Judea And Samaria) is a territory under Israeli occupation with areas of Palestinian Autonomous Control pockmarked with Israeli military/civilian settlements in the Middle East between Israel and Jordan, to the north of the Dead Sea. It forms the larger portion of the semi-autonomous Palestinian Territories (the smaller being the Gaza Strip). Depending on where one travels the area is controlled by Palestinian authorities, Israel, or even both. It has been under Israeli administration since 1967 with its future status uncertain and still to be resolved, between Israel and the PA.
It is known as the West Bank because it lies on the western bank of the Jordan River. This part of the world is steeped in biblical history and contains many sites of religious and archaeological significance.
About 2 million Palestinians live in the West Bank and hundreds of thousands of Israeli settlers reside in approximately 100 official and unofficial Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
Temperate; temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters.
Mostly rugged dissected upland, very hilly and mountainous, heavy vegetation is very common in most places.
There are no civilian airports within the West Bank, and the nearest major airport is Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion. From Ben Gurion Airport, it is possible to take a 50 minute taxi or shuttle ride to Jerusalem and from Jerusalem to continue on to the major West Bank cities of Bethlehem or Ramallah. Bus service to Jewish settlements in the West Bank can generally be found in the major Israeli city which is closest to each West Bank town - particularly Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The Egged (אגד) bus company runs buses from Jerusalem, Beer Sheva, Netanya, and Beit Shean. The Dan bus company runs from Tel Aviv and Petach Tikva. Due to ongoing terror attacks, the Israeli government has installed enhanced security on buses such as bullet proof windows (on certain routes) and crash barriers at bus stops. Bus 24 also goes to Bethlehem, these are much smaller busses and will only take you to the closer Bethlehem Check point. From there you can walk through the check point. There are always plenty of taxis on the otherside. They can take you to your destination. Ask them to turn on the meter. Most of the cars have them now. There are no train routes in the West Bank, though proposals for train service are occasionally made. Likely by 2020, via Ari\\"el.
Note that Palestinian ID card-holders cannot travel to Israel or the Palestinian Authority through Ben Gurion Airport. The Israeli government requires them to fly to Amman, Jordan and enter via the Allenby Bridge border crossing located nearby Jericho in the West Bank. It is best for people who may be listed under the Israeli census as having a Palestinian ID-card (by birth to a card-holder, etc.) or who once had a Palestinian ID card to just use the airport in Amman rather than risk being sent back home on a flight from Tel Aviv for using the wrong airport. There are numerous ways to enter the West Bank by road. Probably the most common is to take a bus from East Jerusalem (go to Damascus Gate in the Old City and ask around) to Ramallah. From there, shared taxis (know as Servis, pronounced [ser-vees]) are available throughout the West Bank. Before entering Area A, you will come to a checkpoint, where you will be required to show your Israeli-issued tourist visa. From the checkpoint you can take a shared taxi to your destination.
If you do happen to drive to areas within the West Bank, take heed and uphold security precautions at all times. Roads in the West Bank may not be in a good condition. Damage to cars resulted from driving in the West Bank may not be covered, as many insurance policies are invalid outside of Israel proper. As in any foreign country in which you plan to drive, you must be cautious about the security of your vehicle.
There are also Arab bus companies going into the West Bank from the bus depot in East Jerusalem, for prices comparable to service taxis, theoretically running on schedules.The main bus station is across the street from the Damascus gate.
For reaching Palestinian other cities in the West Bank, Service Taxis (shared taxis, pronounced Servees) are preferable over Egged buses. They are extremely cheap, and travel quite fast on the road. The service taxi is a great place to mingle with the locals.
The main languages in the West Bank are Palestinian Arabic ('amiya) and Hebrew, although English and French are also understood. Many Palestinians understand Hebrew, due to business and governmental contacts over the last 40+ years. But avoid speaking Hebrew in Palestinian settlements and Arabic in Jewish cities, as it may arouse suspicion. Russian is also common among students who have gone to university in Russia or Eastern Europe. A few Israeli settlements contain Ashkenazi Hasidic Jews who speak Yiddish, and Mizrahi Jews who speak non-Palestinian dialects of Arabic (especially Maghrebi / Moroccan Arabic or Iraqi Arabic).
Currency is Israeli Shekels, though US dollars seem to be widely accepted, especially at tourist shops (Jericho and Bethlehem, for example)
Ramallah has a number of good restaurants, including Tropicana, Darna, Pronto, Ziryab, Stone's and Sangria's. Tropicana Restaurant in Al-Massyoun has a lush garden, and the food is excellent. There are two excellent ice cream shops in the main street. The locally-made ice cream is a real treat on a hot day, in addition to the fresh juice shops around the central square, Al-Manara. Falafel, Shawarma, Hummus, Musakhan, Tabouli, Kofta, Knafeh, Kibbeh, Maqluba, Baba Ghanoush, and other local snackfoods are widely available. In cities, such as Ramallah, alcohol is often available at restaurants, because Ramallah used to be a Christian city. Most Christian Palestinians drink alcohol, and there is an excellent microbrewery in Taybeh. It is however smart not to get really intoxicated; proper manners and behavior is wiser.
Ramallah: There are only a few budget hotels and hostels in the center of the city. Area D Hostel, selected as the Lonely Planet editor's top choice in town and HostelWorld's Best Hostel in Palestine, has dorms for 70 NIS, private rooms for 200 NIS/room, as well as tours. HOSTEL in RAMALLAH 50nis bed and breakfast tours and activities can be found at hostel daily events political and hiking tours http://hostelinramallah.com. Hotels include Grand Park Hotel, Best Eastern, City Inn, Rocky.
Ariel University Center is the largest Israeli-run educational institute in the West Bank. For religious education, many Yeshivot are located in various Israeli settlements in the West Bank If you are interested in learning about the social, political and cultural facets of life in the West Bank, there is a first hand experience tour, run by the All Nations Cafe  from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, where you can get to know Palestinians and Jews who promote co-existence in the Holy Land. Abraham Tours also run a dual-narrative tour of Hebron , with a Jewish and Palestinian residents of Hebron each showing their side of the divided city, and telling their version of its history.
Watch the news and check the situation before you go. It isn't a good idea to visit if fighting between the Palestinians and Israelis happens to be intense at the given time. However, violence in the West Bank tends to be very localized. Violence in Nablus, for instance, shouldn't necessarily hinder travel to Ramallah. Still, use discretion.
The West Bank is less 'religious' than most Arab nations, so women travelers don't need to be completely covered. But it is still a good idea to dress fairly conservatively. With Palestinians, one should not insult with western mocking jibes at Islam or Arab heroes. Again, like Israel, one should not talk disdainfully about Torah, Holocaust, or Jewish history.
Delays may occur at checkpoints unexpectedly, especially if there has been recent violence or political events. Sometimes it may be quicker to walk through a checkpoint on foot rather than on a vehicle, and then take a taxi to your destination once you get through. If you are using the Allenby Bridge to exit Israel or the Palestinian territories, you must have a multi-entry visa for Jordan before coming to the crossing. You can get this visa beforehand at the Jordanian Embassy in Ramallah or the embassy in Tel Aviv. You can also get it in Jordan if you were in Jordan before coming to the Palestinian territories.
The bank's spokeswoman was figure skater Michelle Kwan. East West Bank purchased the naming rights to the East West Ice Palace, an ice rink arena in Artesia, California. Velo by East West Bank™ Velo by East West Bank™ is a global banking service that was launched in 2019.
Taybeh (Arabic: الطيبة ) is a Palestinian village in the West Bank, 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) northeast of Jerusalem and 12 kilometers (7.4 miles) northeast of Ramallah in the Ramallah and al-Bireh Governorate, 850 meters (2788 feet) above sea level.