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}}{{noboldheTITLE=CONFLICTS IN A CONFLICTPAGE=XI, 300px|Map of the West Bank)| label1 = Countries and territories {edih}| label2 = | data2 = | label3 = Population| data3 = 3,340,143| label4 = Area5,655abbr=on}}| label5 = Languages {edih}| label6 = Religion| data6 = Sunni IslamJudaismChristianitySamaritanism| label7 = Time ZonesUTC+2)| label8 = CurrencyIsraeli Shekel>Shekel (ILS)ISO 3166>ISO 3166 codePS)(ISO 3166-2:IL|IL)}}The West Bank ( {{transl|ar|DIN|aḍ-Ḍiffah l-Ä arbiyyah}}; {{transl|he|HaGadah HaMa'aravit}} or {{transl|he|Yehuda VeShomron}})WEB,weblink יהודה ושומרון, רשת 13, יהודה ושומרון – לפי המינוח הישראלי או הגדה המערבית לפי המינוח הירדני, הם כינויים לשטח של 5,790 קמ"ר המוחזק בידי ישראל במעמד של תפיסה לוחמתית מאז שנכבש מירדן במלחמת ששת הימים, ומאז 1993 הועברו חלק מסמכויות השלטון בו לרשות הפלסטינית., WEB,weblink המהפך של נתניהו, רוזנפלד, שאול, אופנהיימר, יריב, ynet, ההיסטוריים והאידיאולוגיים שנכרכו עם השנים במונחים גדה מערבית ויהודה ושומרון, WEB,weblink 'איך הפכה 'הגדה המערבית' ל'יהודה ושומרון, לפיד, אפרים, IsraelDefense, שאילתה בה מחה על השימוש בביטוי "הגדה המערבית" ולא "יהודה ושומרון" בפי שרי הממשלה ודובריה, Ginges, Jeremy, and Scott Atran. "Sacred values and cultural conflict." Advances in culture and psychology 4 (2013): 278–279. quote: Notwithstanding its abstractness, to religious settlers many of the more significant places that they lay claim to—from the old city of Jerusalem to the “Cave of the Patriarchs” (Me’arat ha-Machpela)—are in what the rest of the world calls the West Bank but what they refer to as Yehuda VeShomron. is a landlocked territory near the Mediterranean coast of Western Asia, bordered by Jordan to the east and by the Green Line separating it and Israel on the south, west and north. The West Bank also contains a significant section of the western Dead Sea shore.WEB,weblink The World Factbook – Middle East: West Bank, Central Intelligence Agency, 26 September 2018, 3 October 2018, dmy-all, The West Bank was the name given to the territory that was captured by Jordan in the aftermath of the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, and subsequently annexed in 1950 until 1967 when it was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War.The Oslo Accords, signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel, created administrative districts with varying levels of Palestinian autonomy within each area. Area C, in which Israel maintained complete civil and security control, accounts for over 60% of the territory of the West Bank.WEB, Area C and the future of Palestinian economy,weblink World Bank, 7 September 2015, The West Bank, including East Jerusalem, has a land area of 5,640 km2 plus a water area of 220 km2, consisting of the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea. {{As of|2017|7}} it has an estimated population of 2,747,943 Palestinians, and approximately 391,000 Israeli settlers, and approximately another 201,200 Israeli settlers in East Jerusalem. The international community considers Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, illegal under international law, though Israel disputes this.JOURNAL, Prolonged Military Occupation: The Israeli-Occupied Territories Since 1967, Roberts, Adam, Adam Roberts (scholar), The American Journal of International Law, 84, 1, 85–86, The international community has taken a critical view of both deportations and settlements as being contrary to international law. General Assembly resolutions have condemned the deportations since 1969, and have done so by overwhelming majorities in recent years. Likewise, they have consistently deplored the establishment of settlements, and have done so by overwhelming majorities throughout the period (since the end of 1976) of the rapid expansion in their numbers. The Security Council has also been critical of deportations and settlements; and other bodies have viewed them as an obstacle to peace, and illegal under international law... Although East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights have been brought directly under Israeli law, by acts that amount to annexation, both of these areas continue to be viewed by the international community as occupied, and their status as regards the applicability of international rules is in most respects identical to that of the West Bank and Gaza., 10.2307/2203016, 2203016, 1990, BOOK, The Italian Yearbook of International Law, 14, 2005, Conforti, Benedetto, Bravo, Luigi, Marco, Pertile, 'Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory': A Missed Opportunity for International Humanitarian Law?, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 978-90-04-15027-0, 141, the establishment of the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has been considered illegal by the international community and by the majority of legal scholars., JOURNAL, International Journal of Constitutional Law, Israel: The security barrier—between international law, constitutional law, and domestic judicial review, 4, Barak-Erez, Daphne, Daphne Barak Erez, 2006, 548, The real controversy hovering over all the litigation on the security barrier concerns the fate of the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories. Since 1967, Israel has allowed and even encouraged its citizens to live in the new settlements established in the territories, motivated by religious and national sentiments attached to the history of the Jewish nation in the land of Israel. This policy has also been justified in terms of security interests, taking into consideration the dangerous geographic circumstances of Israel before 1967 (where Israeli areas on the Mediterranean coast were potentially threatened by Jordanian control of the West Bank ridge). The international community, for its part, has viewed this policy as patently illegal, based on the provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention that prohibit moving populations to or from territories under occupation., 3, 10.1093/icon/mol021, BOOK, Self-determination and population transfer, Drew, Catriona, Human rights, self-determination and political change in the occupied Palestinian territories, 52, International studies in human rights, Bowen, Stephen, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 1997, 978-90-411-0502-8, 151–152, It can thus clearly be concluded that the transfer of Israeli settlers into the occupied territories violates not only the laws of belligerent occupation but the Palestinian right of self-determination under international law. The question remains, however, whether this is of any practical value. In other words, given the view of the international community that the Israeli settlements are illegal under the law if belligerent occupation, what purpose does it serve to establish that an additional breach of international law has occurred?, The International Court of Justice advisory ruling (2004) concluded that events that came after the 1967 occupation of the West Bank by Israel, including the Jerusalem Law, Israel's peace treaty with Jordan and the Oslo Accords, did not change the status of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) as occupied territory with Israel as the occupying power.

Etymology

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West Bank

File:Bethlehem.JPG|thumb|250px|City of BethlehemBethlehemThe 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.Eyal Benvenisti, The International Law of Occupation, Oxford University Press 2012 p. 204:"The so-called West Bank (of the Jordan river), including the eastern part of Jerusalem, has been since 1948 under Jordanian administration, and Jordan claimed to have annexed it in 1950. This purported annexation of parts of the former Mandatory Palestine was, however, widely regarded, including by the Arab League, as illegal and void, and was recognized only by Britain, Iraq and Pakistan." The term was chosen to differentiate the west bank of the River Jordan from the "east bank" of this river.

Cisjordan

The neo-Latin name Cisjordan or Cis-Jordan (literally "on this side of the River Jordan") is the usual name for the territory in the Romance languages and (:hu:Ciszjordánia|Hungarian). The name West Bank, however, has become the standard usage for this geopolitical entity in English and some of the other Germanic languages since its creation following the Jordanian army's conquest.In English, the name Cisjordan is occasionally used to designate the entire region between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean, particularly in the historical context of the British Mandate and earlier times.{{citation needed|date=May 2014}} The analogous Transjordan (literally "on the other side of the River Jordan") has historically been used to designate the region now roughly comprising the state of Jordan, which lies to the east of the Jordan River.

History

{{See also|History of the ancient Levant|History of Palestine|Samaria#History|Judea#History}}{{History of the Palestinian territories}}{{History of Israel}}From 1517 through 1917, the area now known as the West Bank was under Ottoman rule as part of the provinces of Syria.(File:Cave of the Patriarchs8.jpg|thumb|The Cave of the Patriarchs is one of the most famous holy sites in the region.)At the 1920 San Remo conference, the victorious Allied powers (France, UK, USA, etc.) allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine (1920–47). The San Remo Resolution adopted on 25 April 1920 incorporated the Balfour Declaration of 1917. It and Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations were the basic documents upon which the British Mandate for Palestine was constructed. Faced with the determination of Emir Abdullah to unify Arab lands under the Hashemite banner, the British proclaimed Abdullah ruler of the three districts, known collectively as Transjordan. Confident that his plans for the unity of the Arab nation would eventually come to fruition, the emir established the first centralized governmental system in what is now modern Jordan on 11 April 1921. The West Bank area was conquered by Jordan during the 1948 war with the new state of Israel.WEB,weblink Jordan – History – The Making of Transjordan, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110921111449weblink">weblink 21 September 2011, dmy-all, In 1947, it was subsequently designated as part of a proposed Arab state by the United Nations (UN) partition plan for Palestine. The resolution recommended partition of the British Mandate into a Jewish State, an Arab State, and an internationally administered enclave of Jerusalem;WEB,weblink A/RES/181(II) of 29 November 1947, domino.un.org, 1947, 9 April 2012, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120524094913weblink">weblink 24 May 2012, a broader region of the modern-day West Bank was assigned to the Arab State. The resolution designated the territory described as "the hill country of Samaria and Judea" (including what is now also known as the "West Bank") as part of the proposed Arab state, but following the 1948 Arab–Israeli War this area was captured by Transjordan (renamed Jordan two years after independence in 1946).

Jordanian West Bank

1949 Armistice Agreements defined the interim boundary between Israel and Jordan.General Armistice Agreement between the Hashemite Jordan Kingdom and Israel {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110514030830weblink |date=14 May 2011 }} UN Doc S/1302/Rev.1 3 April 1949 Following the December 1948 Jericho Conference, Transjordan annexed the area west of the Jordan River in 1950, naming it "West Bank" or "Cisjordan", and designated the area east of the river as "East Bank" or "Transjordan". Jordan ruled over the West Bank from 1948 until 1967. Jordan's annexation was never formally recognized by the international community, with the exception of the United Kingdom.Joseph Massad said that the members of the Arab League granted de facto recognition and that the United States had formally recognized the annexation, except for Jerusalem. See Joseph A. Massad, Colonial Effects: The Making of National Identity in Jordan (New York: Columbia University Press, 2001),{{ISBN|0-231-12323-X}}, page 229. Records show that the United States de facto accepted the annexation without formally recognizing it. United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States, 1950. The Near East, South Asia, and Africa {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110514153358weblink |date=14 May 2011 }} pg. 921It is often stated that Pakistan recognized it as well, but that seems to be incorrect; see S. R. Silverburg, Pakistan and the West Bank: A research note, Middle Eastern Studies, 19:2 (1983) 261–263.A two-state option, dividing Palestine, as opposed to a binary solution arose during the period of the British mandate in the area. The United Nations Partition Plan had envisaged two states, one Jewish and the other Arab/Palestinian, but in the wake of the war only one emerged at the time.Rochelle Davis, Mimi Kirk (eds.) Palestine and the Palestinians in the 21st Century, Indiana University Press, 2013 p.192. King Abdullah of Jordan had been crowned King of Jerusalem by the Coptic Bishop on 15 November 1948.Enrico Molinari,The Holy Places of Jerusalem in Middle East Peace Agreements: The Conflict Between Global and State Identities, Sussex Academic Press, 2010 p.92. Palestinian Arabs in the West Bank and East Jerusalem were granted Jordanian citizenship and half of the Jordanian Parliament seats.Armstrong, Karen. Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths. New York: Ballantine Books, 1996. p. 387.BOOK,weblink Citizenship and the State in the Middle East: Approaches and Applications, 18 October 2015, Nils August Butenschon, Uri Davis, Manuel Sarkis Hassassian, Syracuse University Press, 2000, 9780815628293,

Israeli Military Governorate and Civil Administration

In June 1967, the West Bank and East Jerusalem were captured by Israel as a result of the Six-Day War. With the exception of East Jerusalem and the former Israeli-Jordanian no man's land, the West Bank was not annexed by Israel but came under Israeli military control until 1982.Although the 1974 Arab League summit resolution at Rabat designated the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) as the "sole legitimate representative of the Palestinian people", Jordan did not officially relinquish its claim to the area until 1988,BOOK,weblink The Palestine Yearbook of International Law 1987-1988, Anis F. Kassim, 1988, 247, 978-9041103413, when it severed all administrative and legal ties with the West Bank and eventually stripped West Bank Palestinians of Jordanian citizenship.BOOK,weblink Israel, the Hashemites, and the Palestinians: The fateful triangle, Efraim Karsh, P. R. Kumaraswamy, 2003, 196, 9780714654348, Karsh, Efraim, Kumaraswamy, P. R., In 1982, as a result of the Israeli{{ndash}}Egyptian peace treaty, the direct military rule was transformed into a semi-civil authority, operating directly under the Israeli Ministry of Defense, thus taking control of civil matters of Palestinians from the IDF to civil servants in the Ministry of Defense. The Israeli settlements were, on the other hand, administered subsequently as Judea and Samaria Area directly by Israel.Since the 1993 Oslo Accords, the Palestinian Authority officially controls a geographically non-contiguous territory comprising approx. 11% of the West Bank (known as Area A) which remains subject to Israeli incursions. Area B (approx. 28%) is subject to joint Israeli-Palestinian military and Palestinian civil control. Area C (approx. 61%) is under full Israeli control. Though 164 nations refer to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as "Occupied Palestinian Territory",WEB, Applicability of the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including Jerusalem, and the other occupied Arab territories, United Nations, 17 December 2003,weblink 27 September 2006, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070603050844weblink">weblink 3 June 2007, WEB, Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention: Statement by the International Committee of the Red Cross, International Committee of the Red Cross, 5 December 2001,weblink 27 September 2006, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110207175611weblink">weblink 7 February 2011, the state of Israel is of the view that only territories captured in war from "an established and recognized sovereign" are considered occupied territories.WEB,weblink Disputed Territories: Forgotten Facts about the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 5 June 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130821162131weblink">weblink 21 August 2013, dmy-all, After the 2007 split between Fatah and Hamas, the West Bank areas under Palestinian control are an exclusive part of the Palestinian Authority, while the Gaza Strip is ruled by Hamas.

Early economic impact

Soon after the 1967 war Yigal Allon produced the Allon Plan, which would have annexed a strip along the Jordan River valley and excluded areas closer to the pre-1967 border, which had a high density of Palestinians. Moshe Dayan proposed a plan which Gershom Gorenberg likens to a "photo negative of Allon's."{{efn|"In fact, Dayan had submitted his own secret plan. Predictably, it was the photo negative of Allon's. The mountain ridge – not the lowlands along the Jordan – was the strategic land Israel needed, Dayan asserted."{{sfn|Gorenberg|2007|pp=81–83}}}} The Allon plan evolved over a period of time to include more territory. The final draft dating from 1970 would have annexed about half of the West Bank.{{sfn|Lein|Weizman|2002|pp=12–13}} Israel had no overall approach for integrating the West Bank:{{efn|Ilan Pappe holds a dissenting view, claiming that a Shacham Plan existed for the occupation and administration of the West Bank before 1967,{{sfn|Pappe|2017}}}} its military strategy in the war there had been piecemeal and unplanned,{{sfn|Penslar|2007|p=48}}The early occupation set severe limits on public investment and comprehensive development programmes in the territories. British and Arab commercial banks operating in the West Bank were closed down soon after Israel assumed power there. Bank Leumi then opened nine branches, without successfully replacing the earlier system. Farmers could get loans, but Palestinian businessmen avoided taking out loans from them since they charged 9% compared to 5% interest in Jordan.{{sfn|Cohen|1985|p=245}}{{sfn|Van Arkadie|1977|pp=112–113}} By June 1967, only a third of West Bank land had been registered under the Settlement of Disputes over Land and Water Law and in 1968 Israel moved to cancel the possibility of registering one's title with the Jordanian Land Register.{{sfn|Nicoletti|Hearne|2012|p=14}} Ian Lustick states that Israel "virtually prevented" Palestinian investment in local industry and agriculture.{{sfn|Lustick|2018|p=11}} At the same time, Israel encouraged Arab labour to enter into Israel's economy, and regarded them as a new, expanded and protected market for Israeli exports. Limited export of Palestinian goods to Israel was allowed.{{sfn|Van Arkadie|1977|pp=104,111}} Confiscation of prime agricultural land in an economy where two thirds of the workforce had farmed is believed to account for the flight of labourers to work in Israel.{{sfn|Kadri|1998|p=518}} 40% of the workforce commuted to Israel on a daily basis finding only poorly paid menial employment.{{sfn|Bergman|2018|p=309}} Remittances from labourers earning a wage in Israel were the major factor in Palestinian economic growth during the 1969–73 boom years,{{sfn|Van Arkadie|1977|p=110}} but the migration of workers from the territories had a negative impact on local industry by creating an internal labour scarcity in the West Bank and consequent pressure for higher wages there,{{sfn|Van Arkadie|1977|pp=110–111}} and the contrast between the quality of their lives and Israelis' growing prosperity stoked resentment.{{sfn|Bergman|2018|p=309}}Israel established a licensing system according to which no industrial plant could be built without obtaining a prior Israeli permit. With Military Order No. 393 (14 June 1970), the local commander was given the power and authority to block any construction if, in his evaluation, the building might pose a danger to Israel's security. The overall effect was to obstruct manufacturing development and subordinate any local industrial activity to the exigencies of Israel's economy, or to block the creation of industries that might compete with Israel's. Entrepreneurs were denied a permit for a cement factory in Hebron, melon production was forbidden, imports of grapes and dates banned, to protect Israeli farmers, and limits were set to how many cucumbers and tomatoes could be produced.{{sfn|Quigley|2005|p=186}} Israeli milk producers exerted pressure on the Ministry for Industry and Trade to stop the establishment of a competitive dairy in Ramallah.{{sfn|El-Farra|MacMillen|2000|pp=161–161}}The sum effect after two decades was that 15% of all Palestinian firms in the West Bank (and Gaza) employing over eight people, and 32% with less than that number of workers, were prohibited from selling their products in Israel.{{sfn|El-Farra|MacMillen|2000|p=164}} Israeli protectionist policies thus distorted wider trade relations to the point that, by 1996, 90% of all West Bank imports came from Israel, with consumers paying more than they would for comparable products had they been able to exercise commercial autonomy.{{sfn|Kadri|1998|pp=517–518}}

Legal status

(File:1947-UN-Partition-Plan-1949-Armistice-Comparison.svg|thumb|upright|alt=Map comparing the borders of the 1947 partition plan and the armistice of 1949.|{{Partition Plan-Armistice Lines comparison map legend}})From 1517 to 1917 the West Bank was part of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey, successor state to the Ottoman Empire, renounced its territorial claims in 1923, signing the Treaty of Lausanne, and the area now called the West Bank became an integral part of the British Mandate for Palestine. During the Mandate period Britain had no right of sovereignty, which was held by the people under the mandate.BOOK, Quigley, John, The Case for Palestine An International Law Perspective, 2005, Duke University Press, 15, Nevertheless, Britain, as custodians of the land, implemented the land tenure laws in Palestine, which it had inherited from the Ottoman Turks (as defined in the Ottoman Land Code of 1858), applying these laws to both Arab and Jewish legal tenants or otherwise.The Survey of Palestine under the British Mandate: 1920–1948, British Mandate government printing office, Jerusalem 1946, vol. 1, p. 225, of chapter 8, section 1, paragraph 1 (Reprinted in 1991 by the Institute for Palestine Studies), which reads: "The land law in Palestine embraces the system of tenures inherited from the Ottoman regime, enriched by some amendments, mostly of a declaratory character, enacted since the British Occupation on the authority of the Palestine Orders-in-Council." In 1947 the UN General Assembly recommended that the area that became the West Bank become part of a future Arab state, but this proposal was opposed by the Arab states at the time. In 1948, Jordan occupied the West Bank and annexed it in 1950.In 1967, Israel captured the West Bank from Jordan in the Six-Day War. UN Security Council Resolution 242 that followed called for withdrawal from territories occupied in the conflict in exchange for peace and mutual recognition. Since 1979 the United Nations Security Council,Resolution 446, Resolution 465, Resolution 484, among others the United Nations General Assembly, the United States,WEB,weblink Israel and the occupied territories, State.gov, 4 March 2002, 3 October 2010, dmy-all, the EU,WEB,weblink Palestine – Trade – European Commission, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140715070820weblink">weblink 15 July 2014, dmy-all, the International Court of Justice,WEB, Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, International Court of Justice, 9 July 2004,weblink 27 September 2006, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070828174856weblink">weblink 28 August 2007, and the International Committee of the Red Cross refer to the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, as occupied Palestinian territory or the occupied territories. General Assembly resolution 58/292 (17 May 2004) affirmed that the Palestinian people have the right to sovereignty over the area.WEB,weblink UN Resolution 58/292 (17 May 2004), United Nations, Affirms that the status of the Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, remains one of military occupation, and affirms, in accordance with the rules and principles of international law and relevant resolutions of the United Nations, including Security Council resolutions, that the Palestinian people have the right to self-determination and to sovereignty over their territory and that Israel, the occupying Power, has only the duties and obligations of an occupying Power under the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949 1 and the Regulations annexed to the Hague Convention respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, of 1907, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510095509weblink">weblink 10 May 2011, The International Court of Justice and the Supreme Court of Israel have ruled that the status of the West Bank is that of military occupation.BOOK, Domb, Fania, International Law and Armed Conflict: Exploring the Faultlines, 2007, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 978-9004154285, 511,weblink In its 2004 advisory opinion the International Court of Justice concluded that:}}In the same vein the Israeli Supreme Court stated in the 2004 Beit Sourik case that:}}The executive branch of the Israeli government, through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has defined the West Bank as disputed territory, whose status can only be determined through negotiations. The Ministry says that occupied territories are territories captured in war from an established and recognized sovereign, and that since the West Bank wasn't under the legitimate and recognized sovereignty of any state prior to the Six-Day War, it shouldn't be considered an occupied territory.The International Court of Justice ruling of 9 July 2004, however, found that the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, is territory held by Israel under military occupation, regardless of its status prior to it coming under Israeli occupation and the Fourth Geneva convention applies de jure.Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100706021237weblink |date=6 July 2010 }}, see paragraphs 90–101 and p.5 The international community regards the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) as territories occupied by Israel.Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: The conflict in Gaza: A briefing on applicable law, investigations and accountability, Amnesty International. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 5 June 2009; Human Rights Council Special Session on the Occupied Palestinian Territories {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20081015172833weblink |date=15 October 2008 }} Human Rights Watch, 6 July 2006; Is Gaza 'occupied' territory? {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090121084340weblink |date=21 January 2009 }} CNN, 6 January 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-30.International law (Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention) prohibits "transfers of the population of an occupying power to occupied territories", incurring a responsibility on the part of Israel's government to not settle Israeli citizens in the West Bank.Independent law report commissioned by the BBC Board of Governors {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110504022016weblink |date=4 May 2011 }}, BBC Governors' Archive, February 2006 (pages 48–50)As of 27 September 2013, 134 (69.4%) of the 193 member states of the United Nations have recognised the State of PalestineEvan Centanni,Map: Palestine Recognized by Two More Countries (134/193) {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140202165158weblink |date=2 February 2014 }} Political Geography Now, 2 November 2013 within the Palestinian territories, which are recognized by Israel to constitute a single territorial unit,'West Bank and Gaza Strip as a Single Territorial Unit,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140924042001weblink |date=24 September 2014 }} Reut Institute.'Palestinian Territories,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20090603113808weblink |date=3 June 2009 }} European Forum for Democracy and Solidarity, 31 January 2014 and of which the West Bank is the core of the would-be state.'An awkward new government,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170701194436weblink |date=1 July 2017 }} The Economist 7 June 2014.File:Jericho from above.jpg|thumb|250px|City of JerichoJericho

Political status

File:Bush abbas presidential guard.jpg|thumb|250px|U.S. President George Bush and Mahmoud Abbas in RamallahRamallahThe future status of the West Bank, together with the Gaza Strip on the Mediterranean shore, has been the subject of negotiation between the Palestinians and Israelis, although the current Road Map for Peace, proposed by the "Quartet" comprising the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations, envisions an independent Palestinian state in these territories living side by side with Israel (see also proposals for a Palestinian state). However, the "Road Map" states that in the first phase, Palestinians must end all attacks on Israel, whereas Israel must dismantle outposts. Since neither condition has been met since the Road Map was "accepted" by all sides, final negotiations have not yet begun on major political differences.The Palestinian Authority believes that the West Bank ought to be a part of their sovereign nation, and that the presence of Israeli military control is a violation of their right to Palestinian Authority rule. The United Nations calls the West Bank and Gaza Strip Israeli-occupied territories. The United States State Department also refers to the territories as occupied.WEB,weblink Jordan (03/08), State.gov, 9 October 2008, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Israel, State.gov, 9 October 2008, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Israel and the Occupied Territories, State.gov, 9 October 2008, dmy-all, Many Israelis and their supporters prefer the term disputed territories, because they claim part of the territory for themselves, and state that the land has not for 2000 years been sovereign.Palestinian public opinion opposes Israeli military and settler presence on the West Bank as a violation of their right to statehood and sovereignty.WEB,weblink Survey Research Unit, Pcpsr.org, 9 July 2001, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510022428weblink">weblink 10 May 2011, dmy-all, Israeli opinion is split into a number of views:
  • Complete or partial withdrawal from the West Bank in hopes of peaceful coexistence in separate states (sometimes called the "land for peace" position); (In a 2003 poll, 76% of Israelis supported a peace agreement based on that principle).WEB, Israeli public opinion regarding the conflict, The Center for Middle East Peace and Economics Cooperation,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070210190934weblink">weblink 10 February 2007, 27 September 2006
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  • Maintenance of a military presence in the West Bank to reduce Palestinian terrorism by deterrence or by armed intervention, while relinquishing some degree of political control;
  • Annexation of the West Bank while considering the Palestinian population with Palestinian Authority citizenship with Israeli residence permit as per the Elon Peace Plan;
  • Annexation of the West Bank and assimilation of the Palestinian population to fully fledged Israeli citizens;
  • Transfer of the East Jerusalem Palestinian population (a 2002 poll at the height of the Al Aqsa intifada found 46% of Israelis favoring Palestinian transfer of Jerusalem residents).JOURNAL, Asher Arian, A Further Turn to the Right: Israeli Public Opinion on National Security – 2002, Strategic Assessment, 5, 1, 50–57, June 2002,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060103083229weblink">weblink 3 January 2006, 27 September 2006
, In 2005 the United States ambassador to Israel, Daniel C. Kurtzer, expressed U.S. support "for the retention by Israel of major Israeli population centres [in the West Bank] as an outcome of negotiations",'US will accept Israel settlements' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070312191029weblink |date=12 March 2007 }}, BBC News Online, 25 March 2005. reflecting President Bush's statement a year earlier that a permanent peace treaty would have to reflect "demographic realities" on the West Bank.'UN Condemns Israeli settlements' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060822064952weblink |date=22 August 2006 }}, BBC News Online, 14 April 2005. In May 2011 US President Barack Obama officially stated US support for a future Palestinian state based on borders prior to the 1967 War, allowing for land swaps where they are mutually agreeable between the two sides. Obama was the first US president to formally support the policy, but he stated that it had been one long held by the US in its Middle East negotiations.NEWS, Cohen, Tom, Obama calls for Israel's return to pre-1967 borders,weblink 11 May 2012, CNN, 19 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120501083901weblink">weblink 1 May 2012, dmy-all, NEWS, Mozgovaya, Natasha, Obama to AIPAC: 1967 borders reflect long-standing U.S. policy,weblink 11 May 2012, Haaretz, 22 May 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120516115436weblink">weblink 16 May 2012, dmy-all, {{Anchor|Geography}}

Geography

File:Judean Hills from Ramallah.jpg|128 Kiopx|thumbnail|View of the Judaean Mountains from RamallahRamallahThe West Bank has an area of {{convert|5628|km2|sqmi}}, which comprises 21.2% of former Mandatory Palestine (excluding Jordan)Arie Arnon, Israeli Policy towards the Occupied Palestinian Territories: The Economic Dimension, 1967–2007 {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20130630142150weblink |date=30 June 2013 }}. Middle East Journal, Volume 61, No. 4, AUTUMN 2007 (p. 575) and has generally rugged mountainous terrain. The total length of the land boundaries of the region are {{convert|404|km|0|abbr=off}}.WEB,weblink The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency, no,weblink 6 May 2014, dmy-all, The terrain is mostly rugged dissected upland, some vegetation in the west, but somewhat barren in the east. The elevation span between the shoreline of the Dead Sea at −408 m to the highest point at Mount Nabi Yunis, at 1,030 m (3,379 ft) above sea level.A house demolished, three others threatened in the town of Halhul – 24, March,2007 {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070527225642weblink |date=27 May 2007 }}, POICA. Retrieved 14 October 2012. The area of West Bank is landlocked; highlands are main recharge area for Israel's coastal aquifers.There are few natural resources in the area except the highly arable land, which comprises 27% of the land area of the region. It is mostly used as permanent pastures (32% of arable land) and seasonal agricultural uses (40%). Forests and woodland comprise just 1%, with no permanent crops.

Climate

The climate in the West Bank is mostly Mediterranean, slightly cooler at elevated areas compared with the shoreline, west to the area. In the east, the West Bank includes the Judean Desert and the shoreline of the Dead Sea – both with dry and hot climate.

Political geography

Palestinian administration

File:Settlements2006.jpg|thumb|Map of West Bank settlements and closures in January 2006: Yellow = Palestinian urban centers. Light pink = closed military areas or settlement boundary areas or areas isolated by the Israeli West Bank barrierIsraeli West Bank barrierThe 1993 Oslo Accords declared the final status of the West Bank to be subject to a forthcoming settlement between Israel and the Palestinian leadership. Following these interim accords, Israel withdrew its military rule from some parts of the West Bank, which was divided into three administrative divisions of the Oslo Accords:{| class="wikitable"!Area!!Security!!Civil Admin!!% of WBland!!% of WBPalestinians|55%|41%Area C (West Bank)>CIsraeliIsraeli61%4%HTTP://JURIST.LAW.PITT.EDU/WORLD/PALEST.HTM >TITLE=JURIST – PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY: PALESTINIAN LAW, LEGAL RESEARCH, HUMAN RIGHTS ACCESSDATE=9 OCTOBER 2008 ARCHIVEURL=HTTPS://WWW.WEBCITATION.ORG/616591DSO?URL=HTTP://JURIST.LAW.PITT.EDU/WORLD/PALEST.HTM DF=DMY-ALL, Area A, 2.7%,{{fix|text=of what?}} 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, and Tulkarm), the south (around Hebron), and one in the center south of Salfit.WEB, Gvirtzman, Haim, Maps of Israeli Interests in Judea and Samaria Determining the Extent of the Additional Withdrawals, 8 February 1998,weblink 1 September 2008, no,weblink 26 October 2012, dmy-all, Area B, 25.2%,{{fix|text=of what?}} adds other populated rural areas, many closer to the center of the West Bank. Area C contains all the Israeli settlements (excluding settlements in East Jerusalem), roads used to access the settlements, buffer zones (near settlements, roads, strategic areas, and Israel), and almost all of the Jordan Valley and the Judean Desert.Areas A and B are themselves divided among 227 separate areas (199 of which are smaller than {{convert|2|km2|sqmi|0|sp=us}}) that are separated from one another by Israeli-controlled Area C.WEB,weblink The West Bank and Gaza: A Population Profile – Population Reference Bureau, Prb.org, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081025203542weblink">weblink 25 October 2008, dmy-all, Areas A, B, and C cross the 11 governorates used as administrative divisions by the Palestinian National Authority, Israel, and the IDF and named after major cities. The mainly open areas of Area C, which contains all of the basic resources of arable and building land, water springs, quarries and sites of touristic value needed to develop a viable Palestinian state,Jonathan Cook, 'World Bank report is a message against Israeli occupation,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20131017024400weblink |date=17 October 2013 }} The National, 15 October 2013, were to be handed over to the Palestinians by 1999 under the Oslo Accords as part of a final status agreement. This agreement was never achieved.Ron Pundak 'Decoding Bibi's West Bank agenda,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20120803033617weblink |date=3 August 2012 }} at Haaretz, 3 August 2012.According to B'tselem, while the vast majority of the Palestinian population lives in areas A and B, the vacant land available for construction in dozens of villages and towns across the West Bank is situated on the margins of the communities and defined as area C.WEB,weblink B'Tselem – Publications – Land Grab: Israel's Settlement Policy in the West Bank, May 2002, Btselem.org, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20081006161118weblink">weblink 6 October 2008, dmy-all, Less than 1% of area C is designated for use by Palestinians, who are also unable to legally build in their own existing villages in area C due to Israeli authorities' restrictions,WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, 4, 2 October 2013, World Bank, Less than 1 percent of Area C, which is already built up, is designated by the Israeli authorities for Palestinian use; the remainder is heavily restricted or off-limits to Palestinians, 13 with 68 percent reserved for Israeli settlements, 14 c. 21 percent for closed military zones, 15 and c. 9 percent for nature reserves (approximately 10 percent of the West Bank, 86 percent of which lies in Area C). These areas are not mutually exclusive, and overlap in some cases. In practice it is virtually impossible for Palestinians to obtain construction permits for residential or economic purposes, even within existing Palestinian villages in Area C: the application process has been described by an earlier World Bank report (2008) as fraught with "ambiguity, complexity and high cost"., no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140801210703weblink">weblink 1 August 2014, dmy-all, "Arab illegal construction is 16 times that of Jews, per person (..) The NGO Regavim presented the committee with aerial photographs that show that the PA is systematically encouraging illegal construction in the area next to Jerusalem. The construction is funded by EU states, in contravention of the law and previous agreements (..) PA works day and night to take over state land." NEWS, Ronen, Gil, 2014: Arabs Built 550 Illegal Structures in Area C Alone,weblink 7 December 2014, Main News Inside Israel, Arutz Sheva, 12 July 2014, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141210011404weblink">weblink 10 December 2014, dmy-all, An assessment by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in 2007 found that approximately 40% of the West Bank was taken up by Israeli infrastructure. The infrastructure, consisting of settlements, the barrier, military bases and closed military areas, Israeli declared nature reserves and the roads that accompany them is off-limits or tightly controlled to Palestinians.WEB
,weblink
, The Humanitarian Impact on Palestinians of Israeli Settlements and Other Infrastructure in the West Bank
, UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs – Occupied Palestinian Territory
, 9 April 2009
, yes
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090326021132weblink">weblink
, 26 March 2009
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, In June 2011, the Independent Commission for Human Rights published a report that found that Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip were subjected in 2010 to an "almost systematic campaign" of human rights abuse by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas, as well as by Israeli authorities, with the security forces of the PA and Hamas being responsible for torture, arrests and arbitrary detentions.WEB, Mcquaid, Elwood,weblink PA bans journalists from reporting human rights abuses, Jerusalem Post, 31 July 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110805020106weblink">weblink 5 August 2011, dmy-all,

Areas annexed by Israel

File:Greater Jerusalem May 2006 CIA remote-sensing map 3500px.jpg|thumb|Greater Jerusalem, May 2006. CIA remote sensingremote sensingThrough the Jerusalem Law, Israel extended its administrative control over East Jerusalem. This has often been interpreted as tantamount to an official annexation, though Ian Lustick, in reviewing the legal status of Israeli measures, has argued that no such annexation ever took place. The Palestinian residents have legal permanent residency status.WEB
, The Quiet Deportation: Revocation of Residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians
, Yael Stein
, Joint report by Hamoked and B'Tselem
, April 1997
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, The Quiet Deportation: Revocation of Residency of East Jerusalem Palestinians (Summary)
, Yael Stein
, Joint report by Hamoked and B'Tselem
, April 1997
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, 27 September 2006
, no
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060628220355weblink">weblink
, 28 June 2006
, dmy-all
, Rejecting the Jerusalem Law, the UN Security Council passed UN Security Council Resolution 478, declaring that the law was "null and void". Although permanent residents are permitted, if they wish, to receive Israeli citizenship if they meet certain conditions including swearing allegiance to the State and renouncing any other citizenship, most Palestinians did not apply for Israeli citizenship for political reasons.WEB
, Legal status of East Jerusalem and its residents
, B'Tselem
,weblink
, 27 September 2006
, no
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061010085544weblink">weblink
, 10 October 2006
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, There are various possible reasons as to why the West Bank had not been annexed to Israel after its capture in 1967. The government of Israel has not formally confirmed an official reason; however, historians and analysts have established a variety of such, most of them demographic. Among those most commonly cited have been:
  • Reluctance to award its citizenship to an overwhelming number of a potentially hostile population whose allies were sworn to the destruction of Israel.BardBOOK, David Bamberger, A Young Person's History of Israel, Behrman Houseyear= 1994, USA, 128, 978-0-87441-393-9
,
  • To ultimately exchange land for peace with neighbouring states
  • Fear that the population of ethnic Arabs, including Israeli citizens of Palestinian ethnicity, would outnumber the Jewish Israelis west of the Jordan River.(BardWEB


, Our Positions: Solving the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict
, Free Muslim Coalition Against Terrorism
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, 27 September 2006
, no
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20061012015516weblink">weblink
, 12 October 2006
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  • The disputed legality of annexation under the Fourth Geneva ConventionWEB,weblink Carter Center calls for end to Jerusalem deportations &124; JTA – Jewish & Israel News, JTA, 22 July 2010, 3 October 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100726081628weblink">weblink 26 July 2010, dmy-all,
The importance of demographic concerns to some significant figures in Israel's leadership was illustrated when Avraham Burg, a former Knesset Speaker and former chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, wrote in The Guardian in September 2003,
"Between the Jordan and the Mediterranean there is no longer a clear Jewish majority. And so, fellow citizens, it is not possible to keep the whole thing without paying a price. We cannot keep a Palestinian majority under an Israeli boot and at the same time think ourselves the only democracy in the Middle East. There cannot be democracy without equal rights for all who live here, Arab as well as Jew. We cannot keep the territories and preserve a Jewish majority in the world's only Jewish state – not by means that are humane and moral and Jewish."NEWS,weblink The end of Zionism, Avraham Burg, The Guardian, London, 15 September 2003, 8 September 2009, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130827133259weblink">weblink 27 August 2013, dmy-all,

Israeli settlements

File:West Bank Access Restrictions.pdf|thumb|Map of Israeli settlements and Area C (magenta and blue), 2014]]As of December 2010, 327,750 Israelis live in the 121 settlements in the West Bank officially recognised by the Israeli government, 192,000 Israelis live in settlements in East Jerusalem.WEB,weblink IDF: More than 300,000 settlers live in West Bank, Haaretz, Israel, 9 May 2010, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091203121551weblink">weblink 3 December 2009, dmy-all, There are approximately 100 further settlement outposts which are not officially recognized by the Israeli government and are illegal under Israeli law, but have been provided with infrastructure, water, sewage, and other services by the authorities.NEWS,weblink Israeli Report Condemns Support for Settlement Outposts, Steve, Erlanger, 9 March 2005, New York Times, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20161229094715weblink">weblink 29 December 2016, dmy-all, NEWS, Brulliard, Karin, Israel legalizes three West Bank outposts,weblink 11 May 2012, The Washington Post, 24 April 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120503142723weblink">weblink 3 May 2012, dmy-all, As a result of "Enclave law", large portions of Israeli civil law are applied to Israeli settlements and Israeli residents in the occupied territories.BOOK, Orna Ben-Naftali, Michael Sfard, Hedi Viterbo, The ABC of the OPT: A Legal Lexicon of the Israeli Control over the Occupied Palestinian Territory,weblink 10 May 2018, Cambridge University Press, 978-1-107-15652-4, 52–, The international consensus is that all Israeli settlements on the West Bank beyond the Green Line are illegal under international law.BOOK, Emma Playfair (Ed.), International Law and the Administration of Occupied Territories, Oxford University Press, 1992, USA, 396, 978-0-19-825297-9, BOOK, Cecilia Albin, Justice and Fairness in International Negotiation, Cambridge University Press, 2001, Cambridge, 150, 978-0-521-79725-2, BOOK, Mark Gibney, Stanlislaw Frankowski, Judicial Protection of Human Rights: Myth or Reality?, Praeger/Greenwood, 1999, Westport, Connecticut, 72, 978-0-275-96011-7, 'Plia Albeck, legal adviser to the Israeli Government was born in 1937. She died on 27 September 2005, aged 68', The Times, 5 October 2005, p. 71. In particular, the European Union as a wholeWEB,weblink EU Committee Report, 19 April 2007, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070614203022weblink">weblink 14 June 2007, considers the settlements to be illegal. Significant portions of the Israeli public similarly oppose the continuing presence of Jewish Israelis in the West Bank and have supported the 2005 settlement relocation.JOURNAL, Dromi, Shai M., Uneasy Settlements: Reparation Politics and the Meanings of Money in the Israeli Withdrawal from Gaza, Sociological Inquiry, 2014, 84, 1, 10.1111/soin.12028, 294–315, dmy-all, The majority of legal scholars also hold the settlements to violate international law,BOOK, The Italian Yearbook of International Law, 14, 2005, Conforti, Benedetto, Bravo, Luigi, Marco, Pertile, 'Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory': A Missed Opportunity for International Humanitarian Law?, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 978-90-04-15027-0, 141, the establishment of the Israeli settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territory has been considered illegal by the international community and by the majority of legal scholars., {{inconsistent citations, }} however individuals including Julius Stone,WEB,weblink International Law and the Arab Israel Conflict, Ian Lacey, Julius Stone, 13 October 2003, Extracts from Israel and Palestine – Assault on the Law of Nations, AIJAC, 4 February 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111124001631weblink">weblink 24 November 2011, dmy-all, JOURNAL,weblink The Illegal-Settlements Myth, David M. Phillips, Commentary (magazine), Commentary, December 2009, 4 February 2012, no,weblink 6 February 2012, dmy-all, and Eugene RostowWEB,weblink Resolved: are the settlements legal? Israeli West Bank policies, Tzemachdovid.org, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080915102140weblink">weblink 15 September 2008, have argued that they are legal under international law, on a number of different grounds.NEWS, FAQ on Israeli settlements, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC News, 26 February 2004,weblink 27 September 2006, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070605085401weblink">weblink 5 June 2007, dmy-all, Immediately after the 1967 war Theodor Meron, legal counsel of Israel's Foreign Ministry advised Israeli ministers in a "top secret" memo that any policy of building settlements across occupied territories violated international law and would "contravene the explicit provisions of the Fourth Geneva Convention".NEWS,weblink Israelis were warned on illegality of settlements in 1967 memo, Donald Macintyre, 11 March 2006, The Independent, London, 27, 4 February 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120909101149weblink">weblink 9 September 2012, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Israelis Were Warned on Illegality of Settlements in 1967 Memo, Commondreams.org, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080515194230weblink">weblink 15 May 2008, dmy-all, Gorenberg, Gershom. "The Accidental Empire". New York: Times Books, Henry Holt and Company, 2006. p. 99.The UN Security Council has issued several non-binding resolutions addressing the issue of the settlements. Typical of these is UN Security Council resolution 446 which states [the] practices of Israel in establishing settlements in the Palestinian and other Arab territories occupied since 1967 have no legal validity, and it calls on Israel as the occupying Power, to abide scrupulously by the 1949 Fourth Geneva Convention.WEB,weblink UNSC Resolution 446 (1979) of 22 March 1979, United Nations, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510095515weblink">weblink 10 May 2011, dmy-all, The Conference of High Contracting Parties to the Fourth Geneva Convention held in Geneva on 5 December 2001 called upon "the Occupying Power to fully and effectively respect the Fourth Geneva Convention in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and to refrain from perpetrating any violation of the Convention." The High Contracting Parties reaffirmed "the illegality of the settlements in the said territories and of the extension thereof."Implementation of the Fourth Geneva Convention in the occupied Palestinian territories: history of a multilateral process (1997–2001) {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20060929074057weblink |date=29 September 2006 }}, International Review of the Red Cross, 2002 – No. 847.On 30 December 2007, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert issued an order requiring approval by both the Israeli Prime Minister and Israeli Defense Minister of all settlement activities (including planning) in the West Bank.NEWS, Olmert curbs WBank building, expansion and planning,weblink Reuters, 31 December 2007, 31 December 2007, Adam, Entous, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080103050544weblink">weblink 3 January 2008, dmy-all, The change had little effect with settlements continuing to expand, and new ones being established. On 31 August 2014, Israel announced it was appropriating 400 hectares of land in the West Bank to eventually house 1,000 Israel families. The appropriation was described as the largest in more than 30 years.NEWS, Israel launches massive new West Bank settlement plans,weblink 31 August 2014, 1 September 2014, Israel Herald, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140903124155weblink">weblink 3 September 2014, dmy-all, According to reports on Israel Radio, the development is a response to the 2014 kidnapping and murder of Israeli teenagers.

Palestinian outposts

File:Palestinian demonstration against demolish of the village susya.jpg|thumb|A Palestinian demonstration against the demolition of the village 250pxThe Haaretz published an article in December 2005 about demolition of "Palestinian outposts" in Bil'in,WEB,weblink IDF Completes Evacuation of Bil'in 'Outpost', 21 December 2016, Haaretz, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101209080625weblink">weblink 9 December 2010, dmy-all, the demolitions sparked a political debate as according to PeaceNow it was a double standard ("After what happened today in Bil'in, there is no reason that the state should defend its decision to continue the construction" credited to Michael Sfard).In January 2012, the European Union approved the "Area C and Palestinian state building" report. The report said Palestinian presence in Area C has been continuously undermined by Israel and that state building efforts in Area C of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the EU were of "utmost importance in order to support the creation of a contiguous and viable Palestinian state". The EU will support various projects to "support the Palestinian people and help maintain their presence".Europe to pursue Area C projects {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170418091040weblink |date=18 April 2017 }}, YnetNews 12 January 2012JOURNAL, A2. European Union, Internal Report on "Area C and Palestinian State Building," Brussels, January 2012 (excerpts), Journal of Palestine Studies, 41, 3 (Spring 2012), 220–223, 10.1525/jps.2012.XLI.3.220, 10.1525/jps.2012.xli.3.220, 2012, In May 2012, a petitioweblink{{dead link|date=May 2018 |bot=SheriffIsInTown |fix-attempted=yes }} was filed to the Israeli Supreme Court about the legality of more 15 Palestinian outposts and Palestinian building in "Area C". The cases were filed by Regavim.WEB,weblink עשרות מאחזים פלסטיניים הוקמו ביוש; בגץ יכריע, NRG מעריב, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130813124841weblink">weblink 13 August 2013, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Illegal Palestinian quarry near Beit Fajar to close, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130225082312weblink">weblink 25 February 2013, dmy-all, The petition was one of 30 different petitions with the common ground of illegal land takeover and illegal construction and use of natural resources. Some of the petitions (27) had been set for trialsWEB,weblink List of petitions by the Regavim NGO, regavim.org.il, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120223211957weblink">weblink 23 February 2012, dmy-all, and the majority received a verdict.Ynet News stated on 11 January 2013 that a group of 200 Palestinians with unknown number of foreign activists created an outpost named Bab al-Shams ("Gate of the Sun"), contains 50 tentsWEB, Palestinians erect outpost in E1 zone,weblink no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130209034356weblink">weblink 9 February 2013, dmy-all, Ynet News stated on 18 January 2013 that Palestinian activists built an outpost on a disputed area in Beit Iksa, where Israel plans to construct part of the separation fence in the Jerusalem vicinity while the Palestinians claim that the area belongs to the residents of Beit Iksa. named Bab al-KramaWEB, Report: IDF fire injures 2 Palestinians,weblink no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130203132415weblink">weblink 3 February 2013, dmy-all,

West Bank barrier

File:West Bank barrier.jpg|thumb|West Bank barrierWest Bank barrierFile:Qalandiya Checkpoint.jpg|85 Kiopx|thumb|Qalandiya Checkpoint between Ramallah and JerusalemJerusalemThe Israeli West Bank barrier is a physical barrier ordered for construction by the Israeli Government, consisting of a network of fences with vehicle-barrier trenches surrounded by an on average {{convert|60|m|ft|0|sp=us}} wide exclusion area (90%) and up to {{convert|8|m|ft|0|sp=us}} high concrete walls (10%) (although in most areas the wall is not nearly that high).WEB, HCJ 7957/04 Mara'abe v. The Prime Minister of Israel,weblink Supreme Court of Israeli (High Court of Justice), 17 December 2012, no,weblink" title="wayback.archive-it.org/all/20051028233445weblink">weblink 28 October 2005, dmy-all, It is located mainly within the West Bank, partly along the 1949 Armistice line, or "Green Line" between the West Bank and Israel. As of April 2006 the length of the barrier as approved by the Israeli government is {{convert|703|km|mi|sp=us}} long.{{Update inline|date=November 2012}} Approximately 58.4% has been constructed, 8.96% is under construction, and construction has not yet begun on 33% of the barrier.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20031120125813weblink">weblink yes, 20 November 2003, B'Tselem – The Separation Barrier – Statistics, Btselem.org, 9 October 2008, The space between the barrier and the green line is a closed military zone known as the Seam Zone, cutting off 8.5% of the West Bank and encompassing dozens of villages and tens of thousands of Palestinians.WEB, Separation Barrier: 9 July 2006: Two Years after the ICJ's Decision on the Separation Barrier, B'tselem, 9 July 2006, 11 May 2007,weblink no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070927221914weblink">weblink 27 September 2007, dmy-all, NEWS, Indepth Middle East:Israel's Barrier, Margarat Evans, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC, 6 January 2006, 5 November 2007,weblink no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070518071453weblink">weblink 18 May 2007, dmy-all, WEB, Israel's Separation Barrier:Challenges to the Rule of Law and Human Rights: Executive Summary Part I and II, International Commission of Jurists, 6 July 2004, 11 May 2007,weblink yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070706125257weblink">weblink 6 July 2007, dmy-all, The barrier generally runs along or near the 1949 Jordanian-Israeli armistice/Green Line, but diverges in many places to include on the Israeli side several of the highly populated areas of Jewish settlements in the West Bank such as East Jerusalem, Ariel, Gush Etzion, Immanuel, Karnei Shomron, Givat Ze'ev, Oranit, and Maale Adumim.Supporters of the barrier claim it is necessary for protecting Israeli civilians from Palestinian attacks, which increased significantly during the Al-Aqsa Intifada;WEB,weblink Israel Security Fence – Ministry of Defense, Securityfence.mod.gov.il, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131003072906weblink">weblink 3 October 2013, WEB,weblink Map of Palestine – Land of Israel, 1845, Zionism-israel.com, 3 October 2010, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101201154156weblink">weblink 1 December 2010, dmy-all, it has helped reduce incidents of terrorism by 90% from 2002 to 2005; over a 96% reduction in terror attacks in the six years ending in 2007,Wall Street Journal, "After Sharon", 6 January 2006. though Israel's State Comptroller has acknowledged that most of the suicide bombers crossed into Israel through existing checkpoints.WEB,weblink$FILE/PA-ICJ%20written%20statement%20(exec%20summary).pdf#page=8, Legal Consequences of the Construction of a Wall in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, 30 January 2004, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510095453weblink">weblink$FILE/PA-ICJ%20written%20statement%20(exec%20summary).pdf#page=8, 10 May 2011, dmy-all, Its supporters claim that the onus is now on the Palestinian Authority to fight terrorism.Sen. Clinton: I support W. Bank fence, PA must fight terrorism {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110605192658weblink |date=5 June 2011 }}. Haaretz, 13 November 2005Opponents claim the barrier is an illegal attempt to annex Palestinian land under the guise of security,WEB,weblink Under the Guise of Security, Btselem.org, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070405095349weblink">weblink 5 April 2007, dmy-all, violates international law,NEWS,weblink U.N. court rules West Bank barrier illegal, CNN, 9 July 2004, 22 May 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121108022553weblink">weblink 8 November 2012, dmy-all, has the intent or effect to pre-empt final status negotiations,Set in stone, The Guardian, 15 June 2003 and severely restricts Palestinian livelihoods, particularly limiting their freedom of movement within and from the West Bank thereby undermining their economy.JOURNAL, Settlements and separation in the West Bank: future implications for health. Patrick Bogue, Richard Sullivan, Anonymous and Guglielmo Chelazzi Grandinetti, February 2014, 10.1080/13623699.2013.873643, 30, Medicine, Conflict and Survival, 4–10, dmy-all, Bogue, Patrick, Sullivan, Richard, Anonymous, Grandinetti, Guglielmo Chelazzi,

Administrative divisions

Palestinian governorates

File:WestBankGovernatesNonLabeled.png|thumb|100px|Northern Governorates ]]After the signing of the Oslo Accords, the West Bank was divided into 11 governorates under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority. Since 2007 there are two governments claiming to be the legitimate government of the Palestinian National Authority, one based in the West Bank and one based in the Gaza Strip.{| class="wikitable sortable"!GovernorateWEB,weblink Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics – State of Palestine, no,weblink 28 October 2017, dmy-all, !!PopulationWEB,weblink كتاب فلسطين الاحصائي السنوي, 31 January 2016, pcbs, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160422210843weblink">weblink 22 April 2016, dmy-all, !!Area (km2)Jenin Governorate> 311,231 align="right"| 583Tubas Governorate> 64,719 align="right"| 372Tulkarm Governorate> 182,053 align="right"| 239Nablus Governorate> 380,961 align="right"| 592Qalqilya Governorate> 110,800 align="right"| 164Salfit Governorate> 70,727 align="right"| 191Ramallah and Al-Bireh Governorate> 348,110 align="right"| 844Jericho Governorate> 52,154 align="right"| 608Jerusalem Governorate(including Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem with Israeli citizenship)> 419,108 align="right"| 344Bethlehem Governorate> 216,114 align="right"| 644Hebron Governorate> 706,508 align="right"| 1,060!Total!! style="text-align:right;"| 2,862,485 !!align="right"| 5,671

Israeli administrative districts

{{see also|Judea and Samaria Area}}The West Bank is further divided into 8 administrative regions: Menashe (Jenin area), HaBik'a (Jordan Valley), Shomron (Shechem area, known in Arabic as Nablus), Efrayim (Tulkarm area), Binyamin (Ramallah/al-Bireh area), Maccabim (Maccabim area), Etzion (Bethlehem area) and Yehuda (Hebron area).

Crossing points

Allenby Bridge, or ‘King Hussein Bridge’, is the main port for the Palestinian in the West Bank to the Jordanian borders. This crossing point is controlled by Israel since 1967. It was inaugurated on 11 December 2011 under the military order "175" entitled ‘An order concerning transition station’. Later, Order ‘446’ was issued which annexed the Damia Bridge crossing point to the Allenby Bridge as a commercial crossing point only. Goods were exported to Jordan, while the import was banned for security purposes.WEB,weblink Restricted Hopes: On The Breach Of West Bank Palestinians' Right To Travel By Israeli Authorities, December 2011, Euro-Mediterranean Observer for Human Rights, 16 December 2015, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20160304102018weblink">weblink 4 March 2016, dmy-all, In 1993, the Palestinian National Authority, according to Oslo Accord assigned by PLO and the Israeli government, became a partial supervisor over the Rafah Border Crossing to Gaza Strip. The Palestinian Authority was responsible for issuing passports to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. However, Israel remained the major responsible party for this crossing point. According to the agreement, Israel has the right to independently inspect luggage and to maintain security. In addition, it can prevent anyone from using the crossing.JOURNAL, معبر الكرامة – نبذة تاريخية, المرصد الأورومتوسطي لحقوق الإنسان, 15 December 2015, آمال مقيدة, Arabic,

Economy

As of the early-21st century, the economy of the Palestinian territories is chronically depressed, with unemployment rates constantly over 20% since 2000 (19% in the West Bank in first half of 2013).WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, 2, 2 October 2013, World Bank, Consequently, unemployment rates have remained very high in the Palestinian territories...After initial post-Oslo rates of about 9 percent in the mid-1990s, unemployment rose to 28 percent of the labor force in 2000 with the onset of the second intifada and the imposition of severe movement and access restrictions; it has remained high ever since and is currently about 22 percent. What is more, almost 24 percent of the workforce is employed by the PA, an uncommonly high proportion that reflects the lack of dynamism in the private sector., no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140801210703weblink">weblink 1 August 2014, dmy-all,

Consequences of occupation

Economic consequences

According to a 2013 World Bank report, Israeli restrictions hinder Palestinian economic development in Area C of the West Bank.WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, 2, 2 October 2013, World Bank, While internal Palestinian political divisions have contributed to investor aversion to the Palestinian territories, Israeli restrictions on trade, movement and access are clearly the binding constraint to investment: these restrictions substantially increase the cost of trade and make it impossible to import many production inputs into the Palestinian territories, as illustrated, for instance, on the example of the telecommunications sector. For Gaza, the restrictions on import and export are in particular severe. In addition to the restrictions on labor movement between the Palestinian territories, the restrictions on movement of labor within the West Bank have been shown to have a strong impact on employability, wages, and economic growth. Israeli restrictions render much economic activity very difficult or impossible to conduct on about 61 percent of the West Bank territory, called Area C. Restrictions on movement and access, and the stunted potential of Area C., no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140801210703weblink">weblink 1 August 2014, dmy-all, A 2013 World Bank report calculates that, if the Interim Agreement was respected and restrictions lifted, a few key industries alone would produce USD 2.2 billion per annum more (or 23% of 2011 Palestinian GDP) and reduce by some USD 800 million (50%) the Palestinian Authority's deficit; the employment would increase by 35%.WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, viii, 2 October 2013, World Bank, [...] assumed that the various physical, legal, regulatory and bureaucratic constraints that currently prevent investors from obtaining construction permits, and accessing land and water resources are lifted, as envisaged under the Interim Agreement. [...] It is understood that realizing the full potential of such investments requires other changes as well – first, the rolling back of the movement and access restrictions in force outside Area C, which prevent the easy export of Palestinian products and inhibit tourists and investors from accessing Area C; and second, further reforms by the Palestinian Authority to better enable potential investors to register businesses, enforce contracts, and acquire finance. [...] Neglecting indirect positive effects, we estimate that the potential additional output from the sectors evaluated in this report alone would amount to at least USD 2.2 billion per annum in valued added terms – a sum equivalent to 23 percent of 2011 Palestinian GDP. The bulk of this would come from agriculture and Dead Sea minerals exploitation. [...] x. Tapping this potential output could dramatically improve the PA's fiscal position. Even without any improvements in the efficiency of tax collection, at the current rate of tax/GDP of 20 percent the additional tax revenues associated with such an increase in GDP would amount to some USD 800 million. Assuming that expenditures remain at the same level, this extra resource would notionally cut the fiscal deficit by half – significantly reducing the need for donor recurrent budget support. This major improvement in fiscal sustainability would in turn generate significant positive reputational benefits for the PA and would considerably enhance investor confidence. xi. The impact on Palestinian livelihoods would be impressive. An increase in GDP equivalent to 35 percent would be expected to create substantial employment, sufficient to put a significant dent in the currently high rate of unemployment. If an earlier estimated one-to-one relationship between growth and employment was to hold, this increase in GDP would lead to a 35 percent increase in employment. This level of growth in employment would also put a large dent in poverty, as recent estimates show that unemployed Palestinians are twice as likely to be poor as their employed counterparts., no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140801210703weblink">weblink 1 August 2014, dmy-all,

Water supply

Amnesty International has criticized the way that the Israeli state is dealing with the regional water resources:, p. 2, Retrieved 03.15.2017}}

Israeli garbage disposal

Israel ratified the international Basel Convention treaty on Israel on 14 December 1994, according to which, any transfer of waste must be performed with an awareness of the dangers posed to the disempowered occupied people. It forbids the creation among them of "environmental sacrifice zones."{{sfn|Aloni|2017|p=16}} Israel, it is argued, uses the West Bank as a "sacrifice" zone for placing 15 waste treatment plants, which are there under less stringent rules that those required in Israel because a different legal system has been organized regarding hazardous materials that can be noxious to local people and the environment. The military authorities do not render public the details of these operations. These materials consist of such things as sewage sludge, infectious medical waste, used oils, solvents, metals, electronic waste and batteries.{{sfn|Aloni|2017|pp=5–6}}In 2007 it was estimated that 38% (35 mcm a year) of all wastewater flowing into the West Bank derived from settlements and Jerusalem.{{sfn|Hareuveni|2009|p=7}} Of the 121 settlements surveyed, 81 had wastewater treatrment plant, much of it inadequate or subject to breakdown, with much sewage flowing into lowland streams and terrain where Palestinian villages are located. Only 4 of 53 indictments for waste pollution were made over the years from 2000 to 2008, whereas in Israel the laws are strictly applied and, in 2006 alone, 230 enforcements for the same abuse were enforced.{{sfn|Hareuveni|2009|pp=8–12}} At the same time 90–95% of Palestinian wastewater was not treated, with only 1 of 4 Israeli plants built in the 1970s to that purpose functioning, and the neglect to improve the infrastructure is attributed to Israeli budgetry problems.{{sfn|Hareuveni|2009|pp=19–21}} After the Oslo Accords, the global community earmarked $250,000,000 for West Bank wastewater infrastructure. Israel at times insisted its approval was conditional on linking the grid to Israeli settlements, which neither the donors nor Palestinians accepted. Most the infrastructure was subsequently destroyed by IDF military operations.{{sfn|Weizman|2012|p=273,n.11}} The PA did raise funds from Germany for 15 plants, but only managed to build one, at al-Bireh, within Area B, though even there Israel insisted the plant process waste from the settlement of Psagot, though refusing to pay fees for the treatment.{{sfn|Hareuveni|2009|pp=19–21}} Palestinian towns like Salfit have been deeply affected by sewage overflow channeled past the town from the settlement of Ariel.{{sfn|Ashly|2017}}{{sfn|Weizman|2012|p=273,n.14}}Unlike the data available for sewage treatment within Israel, the Israeli Water Commission refuses to provide public reports on 15 million cubic metres of sewage flowing from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. It claims 75% is treated adequately but independent Israeli studies (2000) suggest that only 6% met Israeli treatment standards, while 48% was either not treated adequastely or discharged raw. Since then some improvements have been implemented.{{sfn|Tagar|Keinen|Bromberg|2007|pp=419–420}}The landfill near Al-Jiftlik in the Jericho Governorate, built on absentee Palestinian property without planning or an environment impact analysis, is for the exclusive use of waste, 1,000 tons per day, produced by Israeli settlements and cities within Israel.{{sfn|HRW|2016}} Palestinians are restricted to 3 landfills, and permits for more have been denied unless the sites can be used to dump settlement garbage. Even if a permit is given without this agreement, settler waste under military escort is still dumped there.{{sfn|HRW|2016}}Israel has been accused of engaging in ‘warfare ecology’ in the West Bank.M. Mason, 'The Application of Warfare Ecoloogy to Belligerent Occupations,' {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20180216025507weblink |date=16 February 2018 }} in Gary E. Machlis, Thor Hanson, Zdravko Å pirić, Jean McKendry Warfare Ecology: A New Synthesis for Peace and Security, Springer 2011 pp155-176 p.164. In response to local opposition in Israel to waste treatment plants and the high cost of meeting stringent environment laws in that country. It has been argued that Israel had used the area of the West Bank as a ‘sacrifice zone’ where its waste can be dumped.." {{efn|'sacrifice zone is a geographic area that has become irrevocably impaired by environmental damage or economic neglect.'{{sfn|Aloni|2017|p=17}}}}Many waste treatment facilities in the West Bank were built for processing waste generated inside Israeli sovereign territory, according to B'Tselem, Israel's leading human rights organization for monitoring the West Bank.Al Jazeera, 5 Dec. 2017, "Israel Turns West Bank into a 'Garbage Dump,'" WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2018-02-15, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20180215144124weblink">weblink 15 February 2018, dmy-all, +972 Magazine, 5 Dec. 2017, "How Israel Turned the West Bank into Its 'Garbage Dump:' A New Report from B’Tselem Details How Israel Has Exploited the Legal Regime in the West Bank, Trucking in Hazardous Waste to Be Processed in the Occupied Territory," WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2018-02-15, no,weblink 16 February 2018, dmy-all, {{sfn|Aloni|2017|p=?}} At least 15 waste treatment plants operate in the West Bank and most of the waste they process is brought over from within the Green line inside Israel proper.{{citation needed|date=December 2018}} Of these 15 facilities, six process hazardous waste, including infectious medical waste, used oils and solvents, metals, batteries and electronic industry byproducts, and one facility that processes sewage sludge.{{citation needed|date=December 2018}} The Israel government requires no reporting by these West Bank facilities of the amount of waste they process or the risks they pose to the local population, and applies less rigorous regulatory standards to these facilities than it does to solid waste treatment facilities in Israel.{{citation needed|date=December 2018}} B'Tselem, Israel's leading independent human rights organization for monitoring human rights in the West Bank, has observed that "any transfer of waste to the West Bank is a breach of international law which Israel is dutybound to uphold" because according to international law "an occupied territory or its resources may not be used for the benefit of the occupying power’s own needs." {{sfn|Aloni|2017|p=?}} {{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=8}}{{sfn|Weizman|2007|p=20}} Experts have also warned that some of these facilities are garbage dumps that endanger the purity of the mountain aquifer, which is one of the largest sources of water in the region.{{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=8}}

Palestinian garbage and sewage

In 1995, the Palestinian Water Authority (PWA) was established by a presidential decree. One year later, its functions, objectives and responsibilities were defined through a by-law, giving the PWA the mandate to manage water resources and execute the water policy.BOOK, Husseini, Hiba, The Palestinian Water Authority: Developments and Challenges involving the Legal Framework and the Capacity of the PWA, 301–308, n.d., 10.1007/978-3-540-69509-7_31, Palestinian Water Authority: Developments and Challenges — Legal Framework and Capacity, 978-3-540-69508-0, About 90% of the Palestinians in the Territories had access to improved sanitation in 2008.A Snapshot of Drinking-water and Sanitation in the Arab States – 2010 Update {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20150513035105weblink |date=13 May 2015 }}, p. 5. WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Program for Water Supply and Sanitation, November 2011. On wssinfo.org, Joint Monitoring Programme (see: Regional snapshots) {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140225205449weblink |date=25 February 2014 }} Cesspits were used by 39% of households, while access to the sewer network increased to 55% in 2011, up from 39% in 1999.Household Environmental Survey, 2011—Main Findings, p. [13] (English section). Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, December 2011 In the West Bank, only 13,000 out of 85,000 m³ of wastewater were treated in five municipal wastewater treatment plants in Hebron, Jenin, Ramallah, Tulkarem and Al-Bireh.JOURNAL
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Resource extraction

Based on the number of quarries per km2 in Areas A and B, it is calculated that, were Israel to lift restrictions, a further 275 quarries could be opened in Area C. The World Bank estimates that Israel's virtual ban on issuing Palestinians permits for quarries there costs the Palestinian economy at least US$241 million per year.{{sfn|Niksic|Eddin|Cali|2014|p=58}}In International law drawing on the Hague Conventions (Article 55), it is established that an occupying power may reap some value from the resources of the country occupied but not deplete its assets, and that the usufruct must benefit the people under occupation. The Oslo Accords agreed to hand over mining rights to the Palestinian Authority. Israel licenses eleven settlement quarries in the West Bank and they sell 94% of their material to Israel, which arguably constitutes "depletion" and pays royalties to its West Bank military government and settlement municipalities.{{sfn|HRW|2016}} Thus the German cement firm quarrying at Nahal Raba paid out €430,000 ($479,000) in taxes to the Samaria Regional Council in 2014 alone.{{sfn|HRW|2016}} The Israeli High Court rejected a petition that such quarrying was a violation by stating that after 4 decades Israeli law must adapt to "the realities on the ground". The state did undertake not to open more quarries.{{sfn|Gross|2011}} As an illustrative example, a Human Rights Watch report contrasts the difference between a Palestinian-owned quarry company in Beit Fajar and that of a European one working on what Israeli considers its state land. The European company obtained a concession and license to harvest stone, whereas Israel refuses permits for most of the roughly 40 Beit Fajar quarries, or nearly any other Palestinian-owned quarry in the West Bank under Israeli administration.{{sfn|HRW|2016}}Israel had denied Palestinians permits to process minerals in that area of the West Bank.{{sfn|Niksic|Eddin|Cali|2014|p=58}} The products of the Israeli cosmetics firm Ahava, established in 1988, were developed in laboratories at the West Bank Dead Sea settlements of Mitzpe Shalem and Kalya. 60% of their production is sold in the EU market.{{sfn|Nicoletti|Hearne|2012|pp=21–22}} In 2018 The UN, stating that the violations were both "pervasive and devastating" to the local Palestinian population, identified some 206 companies which do business with Israeli settlements in the West Bank.{{sfn|Nebehay|2018}}Roughly 73 percent of global bromine production comes from Israeli and Jordanian exploitation of the Dead Sea. The potential incremental value that could accrue to the Palestinian economy from the production and sales of potash, bromine and magnesium has been conservatively estimated at US$918 million per annum, or 9 percent of GDP.{{sfn|World Bank|2013|pp=12–13}}{{sfn|Beckouche|2017|p=156}} The lost earnings from not being allowed to process Dead Sea minerals such as potash, and for making bromide-based flame retardants, based on calculations of comparable use by Israel and Jordan, suggest a figure of $642 million.{{sfn|Niksic|Eddin|Cali|2014|pp=58–60}}

Loss of cultural property

Albert Glock argued that Israel is responsible for the disappearance of significant parts of the Palestinian cultural patrimony, by confiscating Arab cultural resources. In 1967 it appropriated the Palestine Archaeological Museum{{efn|"The one center of archaeological activity that might have provided a base for Palestinian archaeologists was the Palestine Archaeological Museum in Jerusalem, which was under the control not of Jordan but of trustees made up of the directors of the several foreign schools of archaeology in the city. It is therefore not clear why persons like Dimitri Baramki did not continue their work as archaeologists employed by the Palestine Museum. In any event, Jordan nationalized the museum only months before the June 1967 war, enabling the Israelis to claim it as theirs by right of conquest,"{{sfn|Glock|1994|p=77}}}} and its library in East Jerusalem.{{efn|"Fourth, the disappearance of the Palestinian patrimony (material evidence) through the deliberate confiscation of Arab cultural resources by Israelis (such as the large library of Dr. Tawfiq Canaan in 1948, the Palestine Archaeological Museum and its library in Jerusalem in 1967, and the library of the Palestine Research Center in Beirut in 1982), as well as the destruction of cultural property in the form of entire villages in 1948–49. This last is particularly crucial, since the Palestinians' link to their past is largely through the villages, few towns, and fewer cities that predominated in their land during the last thirteen centuries."{{sfn|Glock|1994|p=71}}}} Often these losses are personal, as when homes are ransacked and looted of their valuables. The journalist Hamdi Faraj, gaoled for endangering public order, had his 500-volume library confiscated, including copies of the Bible and Qur'an and, when he applied for their restitution, was told all the books had been accidentally burnt.{{sfn|Friedman|1983|p=96}}The Israeli occupation has wrought a profound change in Palestinian identity, which clings to a sense of a "paradise lost" before the changes brought out by the 1967 conquest.{{sfn|Kamrava|2016|p=116}}{{efn|Israeli settlers forced to evacuate their settlements have also called their prior state as one of a "lost paradise".{{sfn|Perugini|2014|p=55}}}}

Tourism

The Palestinian territories contain several of the most significant sites for Muslims, Christians and Jews, and are endowed with a world-class heritage highly attractive to tourists and pilgrims.{{sfn|World Bank|2013|p=20}} The West Bank Palestinians themselves have difficulties in accessing the territory for recreation.Based on 1967 figures, the Palestinian Dead Sea Coastline is roughly 40 km in length, of which 15% (6 kilometres) could lend itself to the same tourist infrastructure developed by Jordan and Israel in their respective areas. Were Israel to permit a parallel development of this Palestinian sector, the World Bank estimates that 2,900 jobs would be added, allowing the Palestinian economy a potential value-added input of something like $126 million annually.{{sfn|Niksic|Eddin|Cali|2014|pp=65–66}} It is also the only maritime recreational outlet for West Bankers, but according to an Acri complaint to the Israeli Supreme Court in 2008 Palestinians are often barred or turned away from the beaches at their only access point, the Beit Ha'arava checkpoint on Route 90. Acri claimed the ban responds to fears by settlers who operate tourist concessions in this West Bank area that they will lose Jewish customers if there are too many West Bank Palestinians on the beaches.{{efn|'The ban came to light after the testimony of two Israeli army reservists who said that at the beginning of their tour of duty in May they were told that the purpose of the checkpoint was to "prevent Palestinians coming from the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea beaches".. One of the reservists, Doron Karbel, testified that as a "side note", the Jordan Valley Brigade Commander, Colonel Yigal Slovik, had said the reason for the checkpoint was that "when Jews and Palestinian vacationers were sitting on the beaches side by side it hurt the business of the surrounding yishuvim (Jewish communities)." {{sfn|Macintyre|2008}} }}The key Palestinian towns in the West Bank for tourism are East Jerusalem, Bethlehem and Jericho. All access points are controlled by Israel and the road system, checkpoints and obstacles in place for visitors desiring to visit Palestinian towns leaves their hotels half-empty.{{sfn|Isaac|2013|p=147}} From 92 to 94 cents in every dollar of the tourist trade goes to Israel.{{sfn|Isaac|2013|p=144}} The general itineraries under Israeli management focus predominantly on Jewish history. Obstacles placed in the way of Palestinian-managed tourism down to 1995 included withholding licenses from tour guides, and hotels, for construction or renovation, and control of airports and highways, enabling Israel to develop a virtual monopoly on tourism.{{sfn|Isaac|2013|p=144}}

Demographics

File:Nablus Children Victor Grigas 2011 -1-84.jpg|thumb|Palestinian girl in NablusNablusIn December 2007, an official census conducted by the Palestinian Authority found that the Palestinian Arab population of the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) was 2,345,000.NEWS
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,weblink {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20140506164505weblink |date=6 May 2014 }} CIA Factbook| West Bank| People However, the World Bank and American-Israeli Demographic Research Group identified a 32% discrepancy between first-grade enrollment statistics documented by the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS)’ 2007 projections,THE PALESTINIAN CENSUS – SMOKE & MIRRORS {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20110621231400weblink |date=21 June 2011 }}, Independent Media Review Analysis, 11 February 2008 with questions also raised about the PCBS’ growth assumptions for the period 1997–2003.The Million Person Gap: The Arab Population in the West Bank and Gaza {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20070202061847weblink |date=2 February 2007 }}, Mideast Security and Policy Studies No. 65, February 2006 The Israeli Civil Administration put the number of Palestinians in the West Bank at 2,657,029 as of May 2012.WEB,weblink Molad Analysis – Wrong Number, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140924041400weblink">weblink 24 September 2014, dmy-all, WEB,weblink Demographic Debate Continues – How Many Palestinians Actually Live in the West Bank?, Nir, Hasson, 30 June 2013, Haaretz, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141101200545weblink">weblink 1 November 2014, dmy-all, File:Tal Menashe - students in the garden.JPG|thumb|Jewish children in Tal MenasheTal MenasheThere are 389,250 Israeli settlers living in the West Bank excluding East Jerusalem,15,000 More Jews in Judea-Samaria in 2014 {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160309223147weblink |date=9 March 2016 }}, Arutz Sheva as well as around 375,000 living in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem. There are also small ethnic groups, such as the Samaritans living in and around Nablus, numbering in the hundreds.The Samaritan Update {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170914114057weblink |date=14 September 2017 }} Retrieved 8 January 2013.As of October 2007, around 23,000 Palestinians in the West Bank worked in Israel every day, while another 9,200 worked in Israeli settlements. In addition, around 10,000 Palestinian traders from the West Bank were allowed to travel every day into Israel.WEB,weblink Israel labour laws apply to Palestinian workers, 10 October 2007, 3 October 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090109054713weblink">weblink 9 January 2009, By 2014, 92,000 Palestinians worked in Israel legally or illegally, twice as many as in 2010.NEWS, Number of Palestinians Working in Israel Doubled Over Four Years, Central Bank Says,weblink Haaretz, 4 March 2015, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150926043952weblink">weblink 26 September 2015, dmy-all, In 2008, approximately 30% of Palestinians or 754,263 persons living in the West Bank were refugees or descendants of refugees from villages and towns located in what became Israel during the 1948 Arab–Israeli War, according to UNRWA statistics.WEB, UNRWA in Figures: Figures as of 31 December 2004, United Nations, April 2005,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20060928061448weblink">weblink 28 September 2006, 27 September 2006, WEB
, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
, Palestinian National Authority Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics
, 2007
,weblink
, 27 September 2006
, no
,weblink
, 24 February 2011
, dmy-all
, NEWS
, Can trust be rebuilt?
, Ksenia Svetlova
, The Jerusalem Post
, 1 December 2005
,weblink
,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110511130927weblink">weblink
, yes
, 11 May 2011
, 27 September 2006
, A 2011 EU report titled "Area C and Palestinian State Building" reported that before the Israeli occupation in 1967, between 200,000 and 320,000 Palestinians used to live in the Jordan Valley, 90% which is in Area C, but demolition of Palestinian homes and prevention of new buildings has seen the number drop to 56,000, 70% of which live in Area A, in Jericho.NEWS,weblink EU ministers look to Israeli grab of Palestinian farmland, Andrew Rettman, 13 January 2012, EUobserver, 29 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120129075528weblink">weblink 29 January 2012, dmy-all, NEWS, Amira Hass, EU report: Israel policy in West Bank endangers two-state solution,weblink Haaretz, 12 January 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140814195358weblink">weblink 14 August 2014, dmy-all, JOURNAL, A2. European Union, Internal Report on "Area C and Palestinian State Building," Brussels, January 2012 (excerpts), Journal of Palestine Studies, 2012, 41, 3, 220–223, 10.1525/jps.2012.XLI.3.220, In a similar period, the Jewish population in Area C has grown from 1,200 to 310,000.

Major population centers

File:Ariel085.jpg|1.25 MBpx|thumb|right|Settlement of Ariel ]]File:Ramallah Residential.JPG|thumb|right|250px|Residential neighborhood of RamallahRamallah{| class="wikitable" style="float:right; margin-left:1em;"|+Significant population centers! Center !! Population! style="text-align: left"|Hebron (al-Khalil)163,146! style="text-align: left"|Nablus136,132! style="text-align: left"|Jenin90,0042007 Locality Population Statistics {{webarchiveweblink >date=10 December 2010 }}. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).! style="text-align: left"|Tulkarm51,300! style="text-align: left"|Yattah48,672! style="text-align: left"|Modi'in Illit48,6002010 Locality Population Statistics {{webarchiveweblink >date=10 October 2011 }}. Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS).! style="text-align: left"|Qalqilyah41,739! style="text-align: left"|Al-Bireh38,202! style="text-align: left"|Beitar Illit37,600! style="text-align: left"|Ma'ale Adummim33,259! style="text-align: left"|Ramallah27,460! style="text-align: left"|Bethlehem25,266! style="text-align: left"|Jericho18,346! style="text-align: left"|Ariel17,700The 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, Ma'ale Adumim and Beitar 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'. {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20111210190439weblink |date=10 December 2011 }} Jerusalem Post, 11 May 2011UN chief says time running out for peace deal. Atlanta Journal, 2 February 2012 Jenin in the extreme north and is the capital of north of the West Bank and is on the southern edge of the Jezreel Valley. Modi'in Illit, Qalqilyah and Tulkarm are in the low foothills adjacent to the Israeli Coastal Plain, and Jericho and Tubas are situated in the Jordan Valley, north of the Dead Sea.

Religion

The population of the West Bank is 80–85% Muslim (mostly Sunni) and 12–14% Jewish. The remainder are Christian (mostly Greek Orthodox) and others.WEB,weblink The World Factbook, Central Intelligence Agency, 14 January 2015, no,weblink 6 May 2014, dmy-all,

Transportation and communications

Road system

(File:Road 5066 A.JPG|thumb|250px|Road in the West Bank)In 2010, the West Bank and Gaza Strip together had {{convert|4686|km|mi|-0|abbr=on}} of roadways.It has been said that for "Jewish settlers, roads connect; for Palestinians, they separate."{{sfn|Kamrava|2016|p=86}} Between 1994 and 1997, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) built 180 miles of bypass roads in the territories, on appropriated land because they ran close to Palestinian villages.{{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=85}} The given aim was said to be to afford protection to settlers from Palestinian sniping, bombing, and drive-by shootings.{{sfn|Galchinsky|2004|p=117}} For TAU emeritus professor of geography Elisha Efrat, they ignored the historical topography, road systems and environmental characteristics of the West Bank, and simply formed an apartheid network of "octopus arms which hold a grip on Palestinian population centres".{{efn|"This imposed network of roads could be characterized by lack of consideration for the existing historical road network in the region; by inappropriateness of topography; by construction in marginal areas for a small population; by land confiscation of Arab villages; by lack of a logical hierarchy of roads with defined traffic functions; and above all by the development of a new road system as a means of territorial dominance of the region."{{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=85}}}}A large number of embankments, concrete slabs and barriers impeded movement on primary and secondary roads. The result was to cantonize and fragment Palestinian townships, and cause endless obstacles to Palestinians going to work, schools, markets and relatives.{{efn|" With Palestinian traffic banned from all the main and secondary roads, clusters of yellow group taxis gather at each such barrier, and groups of people trying to get to work, school, clinics, universities, relatives houses, or markets clamber up and down sand embankments or across ditches to circumvent concrete slabs and soldiers, who sometimes shoot at them."{{sfn|Hass|2002|p=6}}}} Ramallah was cut off from all of its feeder villages in 2000.{{sfn|Hass|2002|p=6}}Though prohibited by law, confiscation of Palestinian identity cards at checkpoints is a daily occurrence. At best drivers must wait for several hours for them to be returned, when, as can happen, the IDs themselves are lost as soldiers change shifts, in which case Palestinians are directed to some regional office the next day, and more checkpoints to get there.{{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=85}} Even before the Al Aqsa Intifada, UNFPA estimated that 20% of pregnant West Bank women were unable to access prenatal care because of the difficulties and delays caused by crossing checkpoints, and dozens were forced to deliver their children on the roadside.{{sfn|Aswad|2007}}Constant uncertainty and the inability to plan are the results for Palestinians of the Israeli military rules governing their movements. The World Bank noted that additional costs arising from longer travelling caused by restrictions on movement through three major routes in the West Bank alone ran to (2013) USD 185 million a year, adding that other, earlier calculations (2007) suggest restrictions on the Palestinian labour market cost the West Bank approximately US$229 million per annum. It concluded that such imposed restrictions had a major negative impact on the local economy, hindering stability and growth.{{sfn|World Bank|2013|p=30}} In 2007, official Israeli statistics indicated that there were 180,000 Palestinians on Israel's secret travel ban list. 561 roadblocks and checkpoints were in place (October), the number of Palestinians licensed to drive private cars was 46,166 and the annual cost of permits was $454.{{sfn|Makdisi|2010|pp=63–64}} These checkpoints, together with the separation wall and the restricted networks restructure the West Bank into "land cells", freezing the flow of normal everyday Palestinian lives.{{sfn|Handel|2010|pp=259,261}} Israel sets up flying checkpoints without notice. Some 2,941 flying checkpoints were rigged up along West Bank roads, averaging some 327 a month, in 2017. A further 476 unstaffed physical obstacles, such as dirt mounds, concrete blocks, gates and fenced sections had been placed on roads for Palestinian use. Of the gates erected at village entrances, 59 were always closed.{{sfn|B'Tselem|2017b}} The checkpoint system did not ease up after the Oslo Accords, but was strengthened after them, which has been interpreted as suggesting their function is to assert control over Palestinians, and as a sign of an unwillingness to yield ground in the West Bank.{{sfn|Efrat|2006|p=86}} According to PA Health Ministry statistics relating to the period from 2000 to 2006, of 68 Palestinian women who gave birth to their children while held up at checkpoints, 35 miscarried and 5 died while delivering their child there.{{sfn|BBC|2008}} Machsom Watch accumulated over a mere five years (2001–2006) some 10,000 eyewitness reports and testimonies regarding the innumerable difficulties faced by Palestinians trying to negotiate West Bank checkpoints.{{sfn|Keshet|2013|p=viii}}Transportation infrastructure is particularly problematic as Palestinian use of roads in Area C is highly restricted, and travel times can be inordinate; the Palestinian Authority has also been unable to develop roads, airports or railways in or through Area C,WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, World Bank, World Bank, Washington DC, 18 January 2014, 2013, UNOCHA analysis suggests that less than one percent of the land in Area C is currently available to Palestinians for construction; permit data also shows that it is almost impossible to obtain permission to build in Area C. Less than 6 percent of all requests made between 2000 and 2007 secured approval. This situation applies not only to housing but to public economic infrastructure (roads, water reservoirs, waste treatment plants) and industrial plant, and to the access roads and utility lines needed to connect Areas A and B across Area C. [...] The outbreak of the second Intifada in 2000 interrupted this trend, bringing increased violence and uncertainty – and most significantly, the intensification by Israel of a complex set of security-related restrictions that impeded the movement of people and goods and fragmented the Palestinian territories into small enclaves lacking economic cohesion. [...] Transportation infrastructure is particularly problematic as Palestinian use of roads in Area C is highly restricted, and travel times can be inordinate; the Palestinian Authority has also been unable to develop roads, airports or railways in or through Area C., no,weblink 20 January 2014, dmy-all, while many other roads were restricted only to public transportation and to Palestinians who have special permits from Israeli authorities.WEB,weblink Westbank closure count and analysis, January 2006, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090326181004weblink">weblink 26 March 2009, dmy-all, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071013101735weblink">weblink 13 October 2007, A/57/366/Add.1 of 16 September 2002, United Nations, 9 October 2008, yes, WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071013101725weblink">weblink 13 October 2007, A/57/366 of 29 August 2002, United Nations, YESHA, 9 October 2008, yes, At certain times, Israel maintained more than 600 checkpoints or roadblocks in the region.NEWS,weblink 60 Minutes | Middle East | Time Running Out For A Two-State Solution?, cbsnews.com, 25 January 2009, 29 January 2009, no,weblink 29 January 2009, dmy-all, As such, movement restrictions were also placed on main roads traditionally used by Palestinians to travel between cities, and such restrictions are still blamed for poverty and economic depression in the West Bank.WEB,weblink Protection of Civilians – Weekly Briefing Notes, 20–26 April 2005, OCHA, 4 February 2012, yes,weblink 4 February 2012, dmy-all, Underpasses and bridges (28 of which have been constructed and 16 of which are planned) link Palestinian areas separated from each other by Israeli settlements and bypass roads"WEB,weblink Closure Count and Analysis, OCHA, August 2005, 3 March 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090326181017weblink">weblink 26 March 2009, File:Jericho checkpoint 2005.jpg|thumb|Checkpoint before entering JerichoJerichoIsraeli restrictions were tightened in 2007.WEB,weblink West Bank and Gaza – Area C and the future of the Palestinian economy, World Bank, World Bank, Washington DC, 18 January 2014, 2013, Exports from Gaza to the West Bank and Israeli markets, traditionally Gaza's main export destinations, are prohibited (according to Gisha, an Israeli non-profit organization founded in 2005 to protect the freedom of movement of Palestinians, especially Gaza residents, 85 percent of Gaza products were exported to Israel and the West Bank prior to 2007, at which point Israeli restrictions were tightened)., no,weblink 20 January 2014, dmy-all, {{As of|2007|8}}, a divided highway is currently under construction that will pass through the West Bank. The highway has a concrete wall dividing the two sides, one designated for Israeli vehicles, the other for Palestinian. The wall is designed to allow Palestinians to pass north-south through Israeli-held land and facilitate the building of additional Jewish settlements in the Jerusalem neighborhood.Erlanger, Steven. A Segregated Road in an Already Divided Land, The New York Times, (11 August 2007) Retrieved 11 August 2007{{As of|2012|2}}, a plan for 475-kilometer rail network, establishing 11 new rail lines in West Bank, was confirmed by Israeli Transportation Ministry. The West Bank network would include one line running through Jenin, Nablus, Ramallah, Jerusalem, Ma'aleh Adumim, Bethlehem and Hebron. Another would provide service along the Jordanian border from Eilat to the Dead Sea, Jericho and Beit She'an and from there toward Haifa in the west and in also in a northeasterly direction. The proposed scheme also calls for shorter routes, such as between Nablus and Tul Karm in the West Bank, and from Ramallah to the Allenby Bridge crossing into Jordan.NEWS,weblink Israel draws plan for 475-kilometer rail network in West Bank, haaretz, February 2012, 23 December 2012, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121103102753weblink">weblink 3 November 2012, dmy-all,

Airports

The only airport in the West Bank is the Atarot Airport near Ramallah, but it has been closed since 2001.

Telecom

The Palestinian Paltel telecommunication companies provide communication services such as landline, cellular network and Internet in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Dialling code +970 is used in the West Bank and all over the Palestinian territories. Until 2007, the Palestinian mobile market was monopolized by Jawwal. A new mobile operator for the territories launched in 2009 under the name of Wataniya Telecom. The number of Internet users increased from 35,000 in 2000 to 356,000 in 2010.WEB,weblink Palestine Internet Usage and Telecommunications Report, Internetworldstats.com, 4 February 2012, no,weblink 4 February 2012, dmy-all,

Radio and television

The Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation broadcasts from an AM station in Ramallah on 675 kHz; numerous local privately owned stations are also in operation. Most Palestinian households have a radio and TV, and satellite dishes for receiving international coverage are widespread. Recently, PalTel announced and has begun implementing an initiative to provide ADSL broadband internet service to all households and businesses. Israel's cable television company HOT, satellite television provider (DBS) Yes, AM and FM radio broadcast stations and public television broadcast stations all operate. Broadband internet service by Bezeq's ADSL and by the cable company are available as well.The Al-Aqsa Voice broadcasts from Dabas Mall in Tulkarem at 106.7 FM. The Al-Aqsa TV station shares these offices.

Higher education

Seven universities are operating in the West Bank:
  • Bethlehem University, a Roman Catholic institution of the Lasallian tradition partially funded by the Vatican,WEB, Alexánder González, Generalate – International Board of Regents of Bethlehem University Meets in Rome,weblink Bethlehem University in the Holy Land, Bethlehem University Foundation, 1 December 2018, opened its doors in 1973.WEB, Philip Daoud,weblink Bethlehem University – History, Bethlehem.edu, 3 October 1973, 3 October 2010, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20080119075900weblink">weblink 19 January 2008, dmy-all,
  • In 1975, Birzeit College (located in the town of Bir Zeit north of Ramallah) became Birzeit University after adding third- and fourth-year college-level programs.WEB,weblink Birzeit University History, Birzeit.edu, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20121010233509weblink">weblink 10 October 2012, dmy-all,
  • An-Najah College in Nablus likewise became An-Najah National University in 1977.WEB,weblink History of An-Najah National University, Najah.edu, 25 June 2000, 22 May 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110511103114weblink">weblink 11 May 2011, dmy-all,
  • Hebron University was established as College of Shari'a in 1971 and became Hebron University in 1980.WEB,weblink Hebron University facts and figures, Hebron.edu, 22 May 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110718143608weblink">weblink 18 July 2011, dmy-all,
  • Al-Quds University was founded in 1995, unifying several colleges and faculties in and around East Jerusalem.WEB, Al-Quds University :: Webmaster :: WDU,weblinkweblink" title="archive.today/20101105184751weblink">weblink yes, 5 November 2010, Al-Quds University, General Information, Old.alquds.edu, 22 May 2011,
  • In 2000, the Arab American University – the only private university in the West Bank – was founded outside of Zababdeh, with the purpose of providing courses according to the American system of education.WEB,weblink The Arab American University, Aauj.edu, 22 May 2011, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110524141551weblink">weblink 24 May 2011, dmy-all,
  • Ariel University is located in the Israeli settlement of Ariel and was granted full university status on 17 July 2012.WEB,weblink Israel's first settlement university stirs controversy, BBC, 17 July 2012, 12 January 2014, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20140328155414weblink">weblink 28 March 2014, dmy-all, It was established in 1982.
Most universities in the West Bank have politically active student bodies, and elections of student council officers are normally along party affiliations. Although the establishment of the universities was initially allowed by the Israeli authorities, some were sporadically ordered closed by the Israeli Civil Administration during the 1970s and 1980s to prevent political activities and violence against the IDF. Some universities remained closed by military order for extended periods during years immediately preceding and following the first Palestinian Intifada, but have largely remained open since the signing of the Oslo Accords despite the advent of the Al-Aqsa Intifada (Second Intifada) in 2000.The founding of Palestinian universities has greatly increased education levels among the population in the West Bank. According to a Birzeit University study, the percentage of Palestinians choosing local universities as opposed to foreign institutions has been steadily increasing; as of 1997, 41% of Palestinians with bachelor's degrees had obtained them from Palestinian institutions.WEB,weblink Education and Human Development, Birzeit University, 2002, 9 October 2008, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070926023114weblink">weblink 26 September 2007, dmy-all, According to UNESCO, Palestinians are one of the most highly educated groups in the Middle East "despite often difficult circumstances".WEB,weblinkweblink" title="wayback.archive-it.org/all/20050928211016weblink">weblink yes, 28 September 2005, UNESCO | Education – Palestinian Authority, Portal.unesco.org, 9 October 2008, dmy-all, The literacy rate among Palestinians in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) is 94.6% for 2009.WEB,weblink On the Eve of the International Illiteracy day, 8th of September, Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 7 September 2010, 3 March 2011, no,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110510022249weblink">weblink 10 May 2011, dmy-all,

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