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Gaza and the West Bank

Gaza and the West Bank

Gaza and the West Bank


Slightly smaller than Delaware.

Main Languages
Arabic, Hebrew, and English

At 6:00 a.m. U.S. Central Standard Time, it is 2:00 p.m. in Gaza and the West Bank.

The United Nations divided the territory called “Palestine” into two parts in 1947. One part was given to the Jewish people. The other part was for “Palestinian” Arabs in the region. The Jewish part, Israel, became an independent country in 1948. Many of the Palestinians now live in Gaza and the West Bank. Israel gained control of Gaza and the West Bank in a 1967 war.
Mostly Muslim.

A violent group called Hamas took over Gaza in 2007. Hamas said they would protect Christians. But persecution against Christians increased, and most Christians have left Gaza. Many Christians have also left Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and other places in the West Bank.