State of Palestine

State of Palestine[i]

دولة فلسطين (Arabic)
Dawlat Filasṭīn
Anthem: "فدائي"
"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)
StatusPartially recognized state, UN observer state
Recognized by 136 UN member states
  • Proclaimed capital
  • Administrative
Largest cityGaza City
Official languagesArabic
GovernmentUnitary semi-presidential republic[6]
• President
Mahmoud Abbasb
Rami Hamdallah
Salim Zanoun
LegislatureNational Council
15 November 1988
29 November 2012
• Sovereignty dispute with Israel
• Total
6,020[9] km2 (2,320 sq mi) (163rd)
• Water (%)
5,860 km2
360 km2[11]
• 2016 estimate
4,816,503[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 zoneUTC+2 (Palestine Standard Time)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+3 (Palestine Summer Time)
Date formatdd/mm/yyyy
Driving sideright
Calling code+970
ISO 3166 codePS
  1. Population and economy statistics and rankings are based on data from 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 Western Asia claiming the West Bank (bordering Israel and Jordan) and Gaza Strip (bordering Israel and Egypt)[3] with Jerusalem as the designated capital, although its administrative center is currently located in Ramallah.[ii][4][5] The entirety of territory claimed by the State of Palestine has been occupied by Israel since the Six-Day War in 1967.[8][not in citation given] Palestine has a population of 4,816,503 as of 2016, 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.

On 15 November 1988, Yasser Arafat, Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), in Algiers proclaimed the establishment of the State of Palestine. A year after the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993, the Palestinian National Authority was formed to govern the areas A and B in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Gaza would later be ruled by Hamas in 2007, two years after the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza.

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 implies recognition of statehood.[25][26][27] It is a member of the Arab League, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, G77, and the International Olympic Committee and other international bodies.


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
Avañe'ẽ: Paletína
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
Kabɩyɛ: Palɛstiinii
Kinyarwanda: Palestine
Kiswahili: Palestina
Kongo: Palestine
лезги: Палестина
Lingua Franca Nova: Filastin
Bahasa Melayu: Negara Palestin
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Palestine Guók
монгол: Палестин
Nederlands: Palestina (staat)
Nordfriisk: Palestiina
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Falastin
Ποντιακά: Παλαιστίνη
qırımtatarca: Filistin
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱯᱮᱞᱮᱥᱴᱟᱭᱤᱱ
SiSwati: IPhalestina
српски / srpski: Држава Палестина
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Palestina (država)
tetun: Palestina
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: پەلەستىن
Tiếng Việt: Nhà nước Palestine
文言: 巴勒斯坦
Zazaki: Fılıstin
中文: 巴勒斯坦