State of Palestine

State of Palestine [i]
دولة فلسطين ( Arabic)
Dawlat Filasṭīn
Anthem: "فدائي"
" Fida'i" [1] [2]
"My Redemption"
Territory claimed by the State of Palestine (green)[3]Territory also claimed by Israel (light green)
Territory claimed by the State of Palestine (green) [3]
Territory also claimed by Israel (light green)
Status Partially recognized state, UN observer state
Recognized by 136 UN member states
  • Proclaimed capital
  • Administrative
Largest city Gaza City
Official languages Arabic
Demonym Palestinian
Government Unitary semi-presidential republic [6]
•  President
Mahmoud Abbasb
Rami Hamdallah
Salim Zanoun
Legislature National Council
15 November 1988
29 November 2012
• Sovereignty dispute with Israel
Ongoingc [iii] [7] [8]
• Total
6,020 [9] km2 (2,320 sq mi) ( 163rd)
• Water (%)
3.5 [10]
•  West Bank
5,860 km2
360 km2 [11]
• 2014 estimate
4,550,368 [12] ( 123rd)
• Density
731/km2 (1,893.3/sq mi)
GDP ( PPP) 2008a estimate
• Total
$11.95 billiona ( )
• Per capita
$2,900a ( )
Gini (2009) 35.5 [13]
HDI (2014) Increase 0.677 [14]
medium ·  113th
Time zone Palestine Standard Time ( UTC+2)
• Summer ( DST)
Palestine Summer Time ( UTC+3)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Drives on the right
Calling code +970
ISO 3166 code PS
Internet TLD .ps
  1. Population and economy statistics and rankings are based data of the PCBS.
  2. Also the leader of the state's government. [iv]
  3. The territories claimed are under Israeli occupation.

Palestine ( Arabic: فلسطينFilasṭīn), officially the State of Palestine [i] ( Arabic: دولة فلسطينDawlat Filasṭīn), is a de jure sovereign state [16] [17] in the Middle East claiming the West Bank (bordering Israel and Jordan) and Gaza Strip (bordering Israel and Egypt) [3] with East Jerusalem as the designated capital although its administrative center is located in Ramallah. [ii] [4] [5] Most of the areas claimed by the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since 1967 in the consequence of the Six-Day War. [8] The population is 4,550,368 as of 2014, ranked 123rd in the world.

After World War II, in 1947, the United Nations adopted a Partition Plan for Mandatory Palestine recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish states and an internationalized Jerusalem. [18] After the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel on 14 May 1948, [19] [20] [21] neighboring Arab armies invaded the former British mandate on the next day and fought the Israeli forces. [22] [23] Later, the All-Palestine Government was established by the Arab League on 22 September 1948 to govern the Egyptian-controlled enclave in Gaza. It was soon recognized by all Arab League members except Transjordan. Though jurisdiction of the Government was declared to cover the whole of the former Mandatory Palestine, its effective jurisdiction was limited to the Gaza Strip. [24] Israel later captured the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria in June 1967 following the Six-Day War.

Following the withdrawals of Egypt from Sinai and Gaza (1982) and Jordan from the West Bank (1988), the State of Palestine proclaimed its independence on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Algiers as a government-in-exile. Since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinian National Authority was formed the following year to govern the areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Gaza would later be ruled by Hamas in 2007 after Israel withdrawal from Gaza two years prior.

The State of Palestine is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state in the United Nations – which amounts to a de facto, or implicit, recognition of statehood. [25] [26] [27] It is a member of the Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, G77, and the International Olympic Committee.


Since the British Mandate, the term " Palestine" has been associated with the geographical area that currently covers the State of Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. [28] General use of the term "Palestine" or related terms to the area at the southeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea beside Syria has historically been taking place since the times of Ancient Greece, with Herodotus writing of a "district of Syria, called Palaistine" in which Phoenicians interacted with other maritime peoples in The Histories. [29][ non-primary source needed]

Some other terms that have been used to refer to all or part of the geographical region of "Palestine" include Canaan, Land of Israel (Eretz Yisrael or Ha'aretz), [30] [v] Greater Syria, the Holy Land, Iudaea Province, Judea, Coele-Syria, [vi] "Israel HaShlema", Kingdom of Israel, Kingdom of Jerusalem, Zion, Retenu (Ancient Egyptian), Southern Syria, Southern Levant and Syria Palaestina.

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Staat Palestina
العربية: دولة فلسطين
azərbaycanca: Fələstin Dövləti
Bân-lâm-gú: Palestine Kok
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Дзяржава Палестына
Cebuano: Palestina
čeština: Stát Palestina
chiShona: Palestine
eesti: Palestiina
Gagauz: Palestina
Gĩkũyũ: Palestine
한국어: 팔레스타인
Հայերեն: Պաղեստին
hornjoserbsce: Palestina
Bahasa Indonesia: Negara Palestina
íslenska: Palestínuríki
Kinyarwanda: Palestine
Kiswahili: Palestina
Kongo: Palestine
лезги: Палестина
Bahasa Melayu: Negara Palestin
монгол: Палестин
Nederlands: Palestina (staat)
Nordfriisk: Palestiina
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Falastin
Ποντιακά: Παλαιστίνη
qırımtatarca: Filistin
SiSwati: IPhalestina
српски / srpski: Палестина (држава)
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Palestina (država)
tetun: Palestina
Tiếng Việt: Nhà nước Palestine
文言: 巴勒斯坦
Zazaki: Fılıstin
中文: 巴勒斯坦
Kabɩyɛ: Palɛstiinii