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Palestine       Local Goverment in Palestine

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Language:

Common Official language is Arabic, however many people speak other languages, such as Hebrew and English.

Currency:

Common currency in the Palestinian National Authority is: ( Shekel, American Dollar and Jordanian Dinar)

Location and Space:

Palestine is located on Asia; it is considered the linking point between Asia and Africa, where it’s considered a center for strategies, emperor's accounts and successive historical eras. It takes an additional importance, as it includes many religious places. Concerning the area, it reaches 27 thousand Km 2. Whereas, West bank area is approximately 5655 Km 2, Gaza Strip 365 Km 2, according to Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, while West Bank area, in relation to the total area, is approximately 22.

Climate:


Palestine is mainly liable to Mediterranean region climate, which is generally temperate, where it’s cold and rainy on winter, hot and dry on summer. The highest level of air temperature is 42.8 C in Jericho, whereas the lowest is -3.5 in Mithlon. July is the hottest, while February is the coldest, relative moisture increases on semi coastal areas to reach 70% in Tulkarem, and decreases on Jordan Valley to 57% in Jericho. Concerning annual rains, it ranges from 1.6-25.8 Km/ hour, while most amount of monthly evaporates is 295 Mm on July, which is considered the hottest month.

Tourism in Palestine:

A. Religious places:

1. Ibrahimi Mosque- Hebron
2. Church of the Nativity- Bethlehem
3. Milk Grotto Church- Bethlehem
4. Al Khadir Church- Al Khadir Village/ Bethlehem
5. Shepherds Field- Beit Sahour
6. Al Aqsa Mosque – Jerusalem
7. Dome of the Rock- Jerusalem
8. Church of the Holy Sepulchre- Jerusalem
9. Church of Gethsemane- Jerusalem
10. Via Dolorosa- Jerusalem
11. Tomb of Lazarus- Bethany/ Jerusalem
12. Barbara Church- Aboud/ Ramallah
13. Al Tajroba Mountain/ Qruntol Abbey- Jericho
14. Al Qelt Valley- Jericho
15. Hejla Abbey- Jericho
16. Ghattas Christ- Jericho
17. Nabi Musa Shrine- Jericho
18. Nabi Thu Al Qefl Shrine- Qofl Hares/ Salfeit
19. Nabi Ya'Qoub Church- Nablus
20. John Baptist Imprisonment- Sabastia/ Nablus
21. Nabi Yousef Tomb- Nablus
22. Prophet Junied Shrine- Juneid/ Nablus
23. St George Church- Burqein/ Jenin

B. Nature and Archeological Places:
 
1. Herod Castle- Al Fardeis/ Bethlehem
2. Suleiman Pools- Al Khadir- Bethlehem
3. Ancient City with its Seven- Gates Wall- Jerusalem
4. Isratin- Jerusalem
5. Tal Al Sultan( First historical city) – Jericho
6. Hisham's Palace- Jericho
7. The Dead Sea- Jericho
8. Jordan River- Valley
9. Ein Al Sultan- Jericho
10. The Ancient City- Nablus
11. Shkeim( Tal Balata) – Nablus
12. The Roman Cemetery- Yaffa St/ Nablus
13. Sabastia Remains- Sabastia/ Nablus
14. Al Bathan Falls- Al Bathan/ Nablus
15. Kour Village, Castle- Kour/ Tulkarem
16. Samara ruins, Al A'amoud and Al Dweir ruins – Beit Leid/ Tulkarem
17. Baten Al Hamam- Beit Leid/ Tulkarem
18. Roman Pools, The Shrine and town – Beit Leid/ Tulkarem
19. Tal Al Hufeireh( Tal Dothan) – Jenin
20. Tal Ta'nak- Ta'nak/ Jenin
21. Bal'ameh ruins- Jenin
22. Sanour Castle- Sanour/ Jenin
23. Barqouk Castle- KhanYounis/ Gaza
24. The Mediterranean- Gaza
25. Hebron Woods- Hebron
26. Ya'bad Woods- Ya'bad/ Jenin
27. The Cable Car and Valley- Jericho
28. Al Maleh- Tubas

Agriculture:


Agriculture:

Agricultural Production:

In the Palestinian lands and during agricultural year (2006-2007), The total amount of area planted with crops, fruit and vegetables has reached 1000 Acres, 90.1 in West Bank and 9.9 in Gaza Strip. Concerning the number of cattle, 34.255 of which are Cows, while 1.083.380 is for Sheep and Goats. However, the number of cattle has reached 26.581 of broiler.



Vegetables Production :

Results indicates that area planted with fruit has covered the biggest total amount of planted areas, which is 36.5%, while areas planted with vegetables and crops was 10.2% and 26.3% respectively. Basically, rainfed Farming is concentrated in Gaza Strip. While in the West Bank, rainfed areas are almost 8.3 % of total planted areas in the West Bank, during Agricultural year of 2006/2007.



Tourism:


The total number of hotels in Palestine has reached 118 hotels. The number of hotels varies depending on the month, where there were 82 hotels working on December 2007, consisting of 4.124 rooms, 8.887 beds. These hotels are spread in the Palestine Territories as the following:

Northern area of the West Bank: 6 hotels, consisting of 107 rooms and 246 beds.
Middle area of the West Bank: 20 hotels, consisting of 879 rooms and 2.061 beds.
Jerusalem: 25 hotels, consisting of 1.1224 rooms and 2.770 beds.
West area of the West Bank: 19 hotels, consisting of 1.461 rooms and 3.077 beds.
Gaza Strip: 12 hotels, consisting of 423 rooms and 747 beds.

This chart shown below points out to the basic results of hotels activation for the fourth quarter of the year 1999. When comparing results of the fourth quarter of 2007 with that of the year 1999 which has witnessed a measurable increase on the number of guests.


Changing rate during the fourth quarter of the years 2001-2007,  compared with the fourth quarter of the year 1999


 

Index      

Index Value During the fourth quarter of 2007  

Change rate in comparison with the fourth quarter of  1999

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Hotels working at the during the quarter

82

-7.7

-20.9

-17.6

-12.1

-15.4

-13.2

-9.9

No of workers

1,238

-41.4

-33.4

-34.4

-32.6

-28.9

-29.8

-33.2

No of guests

88,912

-88.7

-86.3

-83.4

-75.5

-65.2

-62.7

-10.5

No of nights

199,132

-85.0

-84.6

-82.6

-78.2

-68.8

-71.6

-30.5

Rooms occupancy average

1,169.6

-83.3

-80.2

-77.6

-75.4

-63.0

-70.3

-28.6

beds occupancy average

2,164.5

-85.0

-84.6

-82.6

-78.2

-68.8

-71.6

-30.5

Rooms occupancy average %

28.0

-78.5

-74.4

0.-71

-73.4

-60.4

-71.5

-32.3

beds occupancy average %

23.8

-81.3

-79.9

-77.7

-76.1

-66.8

-73.4

-35.3






Number of settlements in the West Bank, according to the Governorate and Geographical spreading , 2008





Governorate

Geographical Spread

Total

Jerusalem

 West Hills

Mountains District

Eastern District

West Bank

37

48

31

28

144

Rest of West Bank

21

48

31

28

128

Jenin

-

5

-

-

5

Tubas

-

-

-

7

7

Tulkarem

-

3

-

-

3

Nablus

-

1

8

2

11

Qalqelia

-

6

1

-

7

Salfeit

-

11

1

-

12

Ramallah/ Al Bireh

1

17

6

-

24

Jericho and Valleys 

1

-

-

16

17

Jerusalem

25

-

-

1

26

Area J1

16

-

-

-

16

Area J2

9

-

-

1

10

Bethlehem

8

-

3

2

13

Hebron

2

5

12

-

19


 

Reference:

 Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Beitselim) 2002, lands extortion, Israeli Settlement policy in the West Bank, 2009 Settlement database and confiscation of lands (unpublished data) Ramallah- Palestine.

   
   

   
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