About Palestine

Information about Palestine

Palestine is located at the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Palestine is to the south of Lebanon and to the west of Jordan. It shares borders with Syria from the north east and from the south west, it is bordered by Egyptat the beginning of the Israeli Occupation was 1948 , The following map displays the confiscation of Palestinian land and its transformation into Israel.

The population of Arab Palestine

750,000 Palestinians were expelled from their homes between 1947 and 1949. 418 Palestinian villages were completely depopulated, and half of all villages in Palestine were physically destroyed.By 1949, only 150,000 of the pre-1947 Palestinian population remained in Israel. Two thirds of the refugees who fled Israel went to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In 1967, 325,000 Palestinians, many of them refugees originally displaced in 1948, sought refuge in neighbouring Arab states. Today, there are more than 6 million Palestinians living outside of Palestine, mostly concentrated in other Arab countries. The West Bank covers 5,500 square kilometres with an estimated population of 1.8 million people. According to UNRWA’s 2002 figures, there are 626,532 registered refugees. Twenty two percent of all registered Palestinian refugees live in the Gaza Strip. In an area of only 360 square kilometres, three quarters of the current estimated population of 1.2 million people are refugees.

The Palestinian Flag

The flag consists of three equal horizontal stripes (black, white, and green from top to bottom) overlaid by a red triangle. In 1967, immediately following the Six Day War, the State of Israel banned the Palestinian flag in the occupied Gaza Strip and West Bank. Since the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords in 1993, the ban has been abolished. However, Israel bans use of the flag in East Jerusalem.Alph

Palestinian Economy

Throughout the years, Palestinian economy has suffered greatly and it mostly depends on foreign aid. According to the Palestinian Bureau of Statistics, WAFA news agency reported that the unemployment rate in Palestine reached 23.9% in first quarter 2012, bringing the total number of unemployed people to about 261,000, divided into 147,000 in the West Bank and 114,000 in Gaza Strip. The labour force participation rate in the West Bank was 45.4% and 39.9% in Gaza Strip. The gap in the participation rate between males and females was vast reaching 68.9% for males compared to 17.3% for females. In early September 2012, the World Bank warned about a massive fiscal crisis and urged donors to act quickly.

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