Bethlehem and the West Bank

Bethlehem and the West Bank, Bethlehem, Palestinian Authority (B)

In order to get to Bethlehem, visitors must travel through the West Bank. For tourists, passing through the Israeli check point is generally problem free, but it is best to carry identification in case of a search.

While the West Bank is located on the east side of Israel, before the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, it was under Jordanian control. As a result, it’s name refers to being located on the West Bank of the Jordan River. Now the West Bank territory is part of the Palestinian National Authority but it is occupied by Israel, meaning the Israeli government controls the borders and supplies water and other utilities. This is the result of multiple events which include:

3. 1987-1991 – the First Intifada, a Palestinian rebellion in opposition of the Israeli military which led to the 1993 Oslo Accords.

4. 1993 – the Oslo Accords which established the Palestinian National Authority in an effort to create a peaceful two state option.

5. 2000-2005 – the Second Intifada, filled with many suicide bombings, which led to the construction of the Israeli West Bank barrier and Israeli occupation. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Bethlehem and the West Bank
Guide Location: Palestinian Authority » Bethlehem
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Author: Elizabeth Bankhead
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Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Church of the Nativity
  • St. Catherine’s Church
  • Palestinian refugee camp
  • Noor WEG
  • Israeli West Bank barrier
  • Walled Off Hotel