Ten fun facts about Palestinian territories

Fact 1
The word “Palestine” actually originates from “Phillistia”. The land of the Philistines was given this name by the Greeks.

Fact 2
Both the Palestinians and the Israelis claim that Jerusalem is their capital city. Most of eastern Jerusalem is part of the Palestinian territories.

Fact 3
This country was originally called “Peleset”. There is mention of this in numerous Egyptian hieroglyphs.

Fact 4
In the past, the country has been ruled by the ancient Egyptians, Canaanites, Israelites, Babylonians, Assyrians, the Greeks and the Persians.

Fact 5
Christmas is celebrated three times a year in the Palestinian territories. As per the western tradition, on December 25th, the Greek Orthodox Christmas date-January 6th and as per the Armenians, on the 8th of January.

Fact 6
Olives are ingrained in Palestinian tradition and culture and 45percent of land in the country is dedicated to its production. A large segment of this land lies in the West Bank region.

Fact 7
Homosexuality is not accepted by Palestinian culture.

Fact 8
The Dead Sea which is the lowest point on the earth is part of the Palestinian territories.

Fact 9
Jesus Christ was Palestinian by birth but hardy anyone ever wants to acknowledge that he was non-European.

Fact 10
One of the world’s oldest churches, the Church of Nativity which is a mark of Jesus Christ’s birthplace is considered to be a sacred spot by Christians and Muslims alike.

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Short about Palestinian territories
Is also called the occupied Palestinian territories and comprises of Gaza strip and the West Bank.

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