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Judea-Samaria did not come into existence as 'West Bank'

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Submitted by jerome verlin (United States), Feb 7, 2014 at 23:52

The region did not "come into political existence" as "the West Bank," The UN in 1947 partition resolution called it "the hill country of Samaria and Judea." Ettinger (Israel Hayom, 12/16/11) wrote Jordan invented West Bank in 1950, that until then even the Turks and British used "Judea and Samaria." Philologus (Forward, Oct 2010) agreed with Ettinger. Christian pilgrim Saewulf 1102: "on this side of the Jordan is the region called Judea as far as the Sea."

All summarized in Bender's and my book "Pressing Israel: Media Bias Exposed From A-to-Z," under "W - West Bank, Not Its Name for 3000 Years." Jordan renamed as West Bank for the same reason the Romans renamed all of Judaea as Palestine - to disassociate it from Jews.

By calling Judea and Samaria West Bank we are playing into Arab hands.

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Yes, UNSC Resolution 181 does indeed use the term that you quote, "the hill country of Samaria and Judea," but you forgot the rest of that 579-word paragraph, which I will supply for you here:

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 that point it follows the Nablus-Jenin sub-district boundary westwards for a distance of about three kilometres and then turns north-westwards, passing to the east of the built-up areas of the villages of Jalbun and Faqqu'a, to the boundary of the sub-districts of Jenin and Beisan at a point north-east of Nuris. Thence it proceeds first north-westwards to a point due north of the built-up area of Zir'in and then westwards to the Afula-Jenin railway, thence north-westwards along the district boundary line to the point of intersection on the Hejaz railway. From here the boundary runs south-westwards, 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, and thence proceeding south-south-westwards in an approximately straight line joining up with the western boundary of Qaqun to a point east of the railway line on the eastern boundary of Qaqun village. From here it runs along the railway line some distance to the east of it to a point just east of the Tulkarm railway station. Thence the boundary follows a line half-way between the railway and the Tulkarm-Qalqiliya-Jaljuliya and Ras el Ein road to a point just east of Ras el Ein station, whence it proceeds along the railway some distance to the east of it to the point on the railway line south of the junction of the Haifa-Lydda and Beit Nabala lines, whence it proceeds along the southern border of Lydda airport to its south-west corner, thence in a south-westerly direction to a point just west of the built-up area of Sarafand el'Amar, whence it turns south, passing just to the west of the built-up area of Abu el Fadil to the north-east corner of the lands of Beer Ya'Aqov. (The boundary line should be so demarcated as to allow direct access from the Arab State to the airport.) Thence the boundary line follows the western and southern boundaries of Ramle village, to the north-east corner of El Na'ana village, thence in a straight line to the southernmost point of El Barriya, along the eastern boundary of that village and the southern boundary of 'Innaba village. Thence it turns north to follow the southern side of the Jaffa-Jerusalem road until El Qubab, whence it follows the road to the boundary of Abu Shusha. It runs along the eastern boundaries of Abu Shusha, Seidun, Hulda to the southernmost point of Hulda, thence westwards in a straight line to the north-eastern corner of Umm Kalkha, thence following the northern boundaries of Umm Kalkha, Qazaza and the northern and western boundaries of Mukhezin to the Gaza District boundary and thence runs across the village lands of El Mismiya, El Kabira, and Yasur to the southern point of intersection, which is midway between the built-up areas of Yasur and Batani Sharqi.

I hope we can agree on two points: (1) That "West Bank" trips off the tongue a bit more easily than this huge paragraph. (2) And that "the hill country of Judea and Samaria" only defines a microscopic part of the geographic definition of the West Bank.

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