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Semi-presidential; Parliamentary democracy state

  • Jews Population in Palestine in 1880 was about 3%. By 1946, Jewish population was almost entirely comprised of recent immigrants who had been in the country for less than 20 years.
  • Palestine derives its name from meaning "Philistines" or "Land of the Philistines"
  • The use of the name "Palestine" in English became more common after the Europe renaissance.
  • On 29 November 1947, the United Nations Organization General Assembly voted 33 to 13 with 10 abstentions, in favor of a plan to partition the territory into separate Jewish and Arab states.
  • During the course of Six Day War in June 1967, [Israel]] captured the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) from Jordan and the Gaza Strip from Egypt.
  • Only 7% of the available water in the Gaza Strip meets WHO standards.
  • The Palestine Liberation Organization's (PLO) National Council (PNC) adopted the unilateral Palestinian Declaration of Independence.
  • Gaza is the largest city in the State of Palestine.
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