Palestine Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the region known as Palestine?
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Last updated: June 25, 2020
First submittedMay 7, 2014
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The two territories of the area commonly referred to as Palestine today
West Bank
Gaza
Party which leads the government of territory #1
Fatah
Party which rules territory #2
Hamas
Countries which border these territories
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Current de-facto capital of Palestine
Ramallah
Proposed capital of a future Palestinian state
East Jerusalem
Country which had a "mandate" to rule Palestine from 1922–1947
United Kingdom
Empire which controlled Palestine from 1516–1922
Ottoman Empire
Ancient kingdom in the area ruled by King Herod
Judea
Name for the area during the Bronze Age (starts with C)
Canaan
Birthplace of Jesus according to the Bible
Bethlehem
Name of the mosque built on the Temple Mount around 700 A.D.
Al Aqsa
Chairman of the PLO from 1969–2004
Yasser Arafat
Current President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)
Mahmoud Abbas
Most populous city in the territory controlled by the PNA
Hebron
Biblical patriarch said to be buried in the above city
Abraham
Term for the violent Palestinian uprisings which occured in 1987–1993 and 2000–2005
Intifada
Oldest city in Palestine, and possibly the entire world
Jericho
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Level 73
Mar 7, 2018
Very interesting quiz, I like it. Don't mind in the least that it's not eligible for points, because I doubt I'd have scored any.
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Level 35
Mar 12, 2018
Well done Kalbahamut! Stand up for Israel! THE greatest country on Earth.
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Level 80
Mar 13, 2018
I'm not trying to stand up for anyone, really. I'm not a nationalist. But.. there is historical fact... and then there are the myths woven by all sides about this region that often cloud historical fact.
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Level 51
Jul 2, 2020
As an Israeli we are NOT the greatest country on earth the title would probably go to Switzerland or one in Scandinavia we have a lot of problems that we need to solve and as Jewish people, we are pretty split on everything
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Level 70
Jul 17, 2020
yeeah it's kinda big on them war crimes for a "greatest country"
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Level 67
Aug 14, 2020
The very existence of the state of Israel in Palestine is a crime against humanity!
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Level 80
Aug 14, 2020
Do you feel the same way about other ethno-states like Germany or Pakistan? If not, why not?
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Level 50
Jun 25, 2020
Congratulations on the feature, Kalbahamut!
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Level 80
Jun 25, 2020
Thanks. QM seems to have wiped out most of the comments here, which referred to the original much longer version of this quiz and included questions on the various Arab-Israeli wars, the Skyes-Picot agreement, Grand Mufti Husayni, Umar bin-Khatib, the Hasmoneans, Hadrian, and the long list of empires who have conquered and controlled this region at various times. Always been fascinated with this place. Glad I got to live there for a while.
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Level 82
Jun 25, 2020
Goodness... it sounds as if your original was a bit more meaty than some other area quizzes for which the answers are mostly "agriculture" and the name of the place itself.
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Level 80
Jun 25, 2020
QM likes the featured quizzes to for the most part be brisk and accessible.
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Level 61
Jul 21, 2020
I'm on a documentary kick. Any recommendations?
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Level 80
Jul 22, 2020
About Jersualem and Palestine? Or just in general?

I can't think of any documentaries on the region that I would particularly recommend. I highly recommend the book Jerusalem: A Biography by Simon Montefiore, if you want something to read. Would love to see a 10-part Ken Burns documentary produced from that.

As for documentaries in general... um... some of my favorites include:
The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters
Precious Life (which does take place in Israel/Palestine)
Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?
April 1865: The Month That Saved America
March of the Penguins
White Light/Black Rain
The Fog of War
and Idiocracy

those are the first ones that come to mind.
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Level 80
Jul 22, 2020
Recently have watched a lot on serial killers. But none that were particularly memorable. Maybe the Unabomber in his own words one...

Ken Burns' Vietnam was also good.
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Level 66
Jun 25, 2020
Please change the title. Palestine is not a country and I recommend it be renamed "Palestine Quiz".
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Level 80
Jun 25, 2020
That was the original title, and the original quiz was intended to be about both the historical region and the modern-day loosely defined semi-sovereign nation state that go by the same name. Dan wanted to use this in a series of countries quizzes, though, so I guess he wanted the titles to be consistent. Get over it.
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Level 75
Jun 26, 2020
Can you please give me a definition of a "country" that excludes Palestine, but includes Taiwan, Kosovo and the Vatican?
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2020
sovereign
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Level 26
Jun 26, 2020
Somaliland is much more sovereign than vatican.
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2020
What part of the Vatican's territory do they not control or is in dispute?
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Level 65
Jun 26, 2020
You say that those countries do not have disputes, but both Taiwan and Kosovo are entirely disputed. Palestine is more of a country than both as it has UN observer status, which the others don't.
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Level 80
Jun 26, 2020
I said no such thing. I asked which part of the Vatican's territory was not under the Vatican's control or disputed?

As to Kosovo and Taiwan, which I didn't mention in the last comment, what are the validity of those disputes? How much territory in Kosovo does Serbia exert control over? How much of Taiwan does the PRC control?
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Level 66
Jun 27, 2020
Sovereign is indeed a good definition (take this, England! :-D ). And according to that very definition Palestine is a country, right?
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Level 80
Jun 28, 2020
It is not.
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Level 89
Jun 25, 2020
Would you remove the "Country" word?
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Level 80
Jun 25, 2020
see above
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Level 49
Jun 25, 2020
I don't think this quiz could have been less non-controversial, given the subject
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Level ∞
Jun 25, 2020
I don't think that never using double-negatives is always a bad idea.
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Level 80
Jun 25, 2020
some thanks to QM for that. In the original I couldn't help myself but put in a few clues I knew would trigger people. At the same time I did endeavor to make it completely fact-based and not take a hard position toward or against any particular narrative.
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Level 77
Jun 26, 2020
Jacob and Isaac are also correct answers to the patriarch question.
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Level 46
Jun 26, 2020
For the Bethlehem clue, birthplace is misspelled. Great quiz!
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Level 74
Jun 26, 2020
Fun fact about Mahmoud Abbas's presidency: he's currently in the 16th year of his 4-year term.
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2020
With Trump it only SEEMS like that.
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Level 67
Jun 27, 2020
I think you should accept Abu Mazen as an alternative for Abbas. It's how he's referred to most often there.
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Level 50
Jun 30, 2020
By the way, birthplace isn't spelled correctly in the Bethlehem question.
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Level ∞
Jun 30, 2020
Fixed
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Level 70
Jul 3, 2020
Could you accept Abu Mazen? Actually, thinking about it, Hamas have never accepted Abu Mazen so I don't see why you should.
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Level 75
Aug 15, 2020
Fantastic country quiz, thank you!
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Level 67
Aug 26, 2020
From the river to the sea, Falasteen will be free
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2020
Free from? Jews?
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Level 80
Aug 26, 2020
and what about the west bank of the river? Under Jordanian occupation again?