Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Biblical and Modern

In the New York Times:

“In general, in Judea and Samaria,” [Major-General Gadi Shamni] said, using the biblical term for the West Bank

Indeed, Judea and Samaria are Biblical.

But in the United Nations' 1947 Partition recommendation, as I have noted before, one reads in the section defining borders:

The boundary of the hill country of Samaria and Judea starts on the Jordan River at the Wadi Malih south-east of Beisan and runs due west to meet the Beisan-Jericho road and then follows the western side of that road in a north-westerly direction to the junction of the boundaries of the Sub-Districts of Beisan, Nablus, and Jenin...From here the boundary runs southwestwards, including the built-up area and some of the land of the village of Kh. Lid in the Arab State to cross the Haifa-Jenin road at a point on the district boundary between Haifa and Samaria west of El- Mansi. It follows this boundary to the southernmost point of the village of El-Buteimat. From here it follows the northern and eastern boundaries of the village of Ar'ara rejoining the Haifa-Samaria district boundary at Wadi 'Ara...

Biblical in origin, yes, but very modern, too.

Oh, and  the "West Bank" is a name created by Jordan in April 1950.


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