The map of Palestine (Palestinian Territories Gaza Strip West Bank) shows the international boundaries, provincial boundaries, national capital along with the provincial capitals.
Geography of Palestine
The name Palestine is extracted from the Greek word Palaestina means the ‘Philistines’ Land’ an oceangoing people that established a tiny coastline region in the northeastern part of Egypt and near the current Gaza, nearly the 12th century BCE.
Situated in the eastern coastline of the Mediterranean Sea, Palestine’s geography comprises four regions in the nation, including the Ghawr and Jordan valley; inner and coastal plains, Hills and Mountains, and the Desert in the Southern region. Also known as the Gaza strip, Palestine is located in the western part of Jordan and to the Southern part of Lebanon. Palestine is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea (in the West); Egypt (in the South), and Israel (in the East and North). The shoreline plains of the Gaza Strip are divided by Mount Carmel plain, the Acre plain, and the Saruunah plain. In the category of the geography of Palestine the location of Jordan Valley is below the sea level and Ghawr. It results in the quality of the soil being of a very high standard but the resource of water is very limited.
Demography of Palestine
The total population of Palestine, as per the UN data is 5,135, 132 as of Oct 2020, which is equal to 0.07% of the overall population of the world. Palestine’s population density is 847/SqKm on the overall landmass of 6,020 SqKm and approx. 80.0% of the entire Palestinian population is urban. Life expectancy in the country is 74.62 years for both females and males. The infant mortality rate 15.8 deaths/1000 births and the death rate under age five is 18.3 deaths/1000 births.
Culture of Palestine
Palestine is popularly called the Holy Land and it holds great sacred and significance amongst the Christians, Muslims and Jews. The social traditions and customs of Palestine match the traditions of the Arab countries and it dates back to the era when the country was an agricultural and rural society and the people’s life was centered on the farming cultures. Children in Palestine are nurtured with a deep sense of care and accountability to their family members. People in Palestine are highly generous and hospitable as that of Arab culture; they willingly welcome an unexpected guest with sweets, food and Turkish or Arabic coffee. Dabke is the popular form of dance in Palestine; several dancing troupes perform this dance across the world. Dabke is signified by synchronized stomping, movement, jumping similar to the tap dancing
Best places to visit in Palestine
Jerusalem (Haram ash-Sharif,)
Jerusalem, the heart of Palestine has faced several difficulties but is still standing with pride. Jerusalem is significant to both Muslims and Christian. Every mosque, path, churches, and other constructions represent the histories of the leaders and Prophets. The Haram ash-Sharif is one of the most mesmerizing and faithful holy places.
The church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Bethlehem is a small and beautiful place that holds great significance for Christians. The place of birth of Jesus, Bethlehem is visited by several followers of Christianity; mainly to alter their lives and come closer to the almighty. The Church of Nativity, one of the older most, and most visited Churches across the world represents the Christian deference.
Abraham Mosque, Hebron
Abraham Mosque is the 4th holiest abode for Muslims. As per the Arabian folktale, the enormous stone of the Mosque’s walls is laid by the Pbuh (Prophet Solomon) with the genies’ assistance. Surprisingly the walls of the Mosque stand without any support of mortar.
What is the best ideal time to visit Palestine?
The most ideal time to visit Palestine is from March-May and September – November; the weather is sunny, warm, and primarily dry.