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State of Palestine
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Location  Middle East
Capital  Jerusalem
Area  14,270 sq km
Population  4,260,636
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  • Chile formally recognized an independent state of Palestine on 7 January 2011, becoming the seventh South American country to recognize the State of Palestine.[1]

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  • Palestinian football team made its debut to the Asian Cup football tournament on 12 January 2015 in Australia. Palestine, who qualified to play in the Asian Cup for the first time despite the restrictions placed on them, lost their match 4-0 against Japan.[2]

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  • Palestinian film Omar was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film award at the 86th Academy Awards on 16 January 2014. With this film the academy listed Palestine as the country of origin for the first time.[3]

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  • Palestinian government in the Israeli-occupied West Bank secured $100m from Saudi Arabia to help alleviate a worsening budget crisis, the Palestinian president's office announced on 17 January 2013.[4]

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  • On 19 January 2012 Thailand officially recognized Palestine as an independent state.

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  • Peru recognized State of Palestine "as a free and sovereign state" on January 24, 2011.[5]

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  • Palestinian photojournalist Shadi Hatem won the Special Prize by Jury at the 2016 Days Japan photo contest for his image series named Palestinian Unrest 2015.[6]

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  • Yacoub Shaheen became the second Palestinian to win the popular Arab Idol television song contest on 25 February 2017.
  • Public screenings of movies was resumed in Gaza on 25 February 2016 since political tensions led to the torching of cinemas in the region 20 years ago.

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  • Gaza farmers exported fruits and vegetables to Israel on 12 March 2015 for the first time in almost eight years since the Jewish state imposed its blockade on Palestinian, a move that is expected to help the Palestinian economy.

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  • Palestinian teacher Hanan Al Hroub won the Global Teacher Prize on 13 March 2016, a 1 million dollar award that recognizes a teacher who has made outstanding contributions to their community.[7]

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  • Palestine became member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA), an international organization based in the Peace Palace, the Netherlands, that assists to resolve disputes among states, on 14 March 2016.[8]

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  • Palestinian passport holders will no longer require a visa to enter Indonesia, according to an official announcement by the Palestinian foreign ministry on 22 March 2016.

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  • Arab League foreign ministers on 9 April 2014 renewed their commitment to give $100m in monthly aid to Palestine.[9]

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  • Kuwait on 13 April 2015 announced its contribution of US$15 million to the World Bank administered Palestinian Reform and Development Plan (PRDP) multi-donor Trust Fund. The contribution will help support urgent budgetary needs of Palestine and provide support for ongoing economic reforms.[10]

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  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas attended a ceremony on 15 April 2013 to open a Palestinian Embassy in Kuwait City. It was for the first time Kuwait hosted a Palestinian leader in more than 20 years after ties were broken over the 1990 Iraq invasion of the Gulf state.[11]

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  • Palestine radio and TV won seven awards at the Arab State Broadcasting Union’s 18th Arab Radio and TV Festival held in Tunis on 28 April 2017.

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  • Internet giant Google has recognized the Palestinians’ upgraded U.N. status (non-member observer state), placing the name “Palestine” on its search engine instead of “Palestinian Territories,” according to an official announcement on 3 May 2013.

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  • The Vatican on 13 may 2015 concluded its first treaty that formally recognized the State of Palestine, with an agreement on Catholic Church activities in areas controlled by Palestine.

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  • Two 19th-century nuns - Mariam Bawardy and Marie Alphonsine Ghattas - on 17 May 2015 became the first Palestinians to gain sainthood, canonized by Pope Francis in St Peter's Square in presence of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

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  • Raed Zidan became the first Palestinian man to summit Mount Everest on 18 May 2013.[12]

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  • Hundreds of Palestinian residents of the Gaza Strip crossed the reopened border of Egypt on May 28, 2011, taking a tangible step out of a four-year blockade.[13]

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  • The United Nations Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations on 1 June 2015 recommended London-based Palestinian non-governmental organization The Palestinian Return Centre for special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council.[14]

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  • Palestine on 2 June 2014 announced a unity government containing members of both Fatah and Hamas after years of harsh political and social division between the two groups. The government is a temporary one and its duty is to prepare for elections soon.[15]

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  • Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf on 22 June 2013 won the TV talent show Arab Idol in Beirut, Lebanon and became the first Palestinian to win the talent show.[16]

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  • The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, along with the Pilgrimage Route, was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List on 29 June 2012.[17]

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  • The UNESCO World Heritage Committee on 7 July 2017 inscribed Hebron / Al Khalil Old town in Palestine as the World Heritage site, a site of pilgrimage for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.[18]

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  • On 15 July 2012 Palestinian officials acknowledged and welcomed Saudi Arabia's decision to donate $100 million to the Palestinian Authority to help it overcome its financial crisis after President Mahmoud Abbas's recent visit to the kingdom.[19]

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  • Palestine on 24 July 2018 was elected to head Group of 77, the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations which promotes economic interests and represents 80 percent of world population.

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  • More than 6,200 children in Gaza took part in a summer programme, organised by the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), on a beach to fly a kite each on July 29, 2010. It appears to have broken their own world record for the number of kites flown at the same time. The achievement had lifted the spirits of the entire population of Gaza.[20]

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  • Colombia recognised Palestine as a sovereign state, according to an official announcement by the Colombian foreign ministry on 3 August 2018.

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  • Israel released 26 Palestinian prisoners on 14 August 2013 as part of a deal that is aimed to see direct peace talks between the two countries resume after a three-year hiatus.[21]

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  • The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) laid foundation for its biggest logistics base in Gaza on 25 August 2016. The base will serve as UNRWA’s main warehouse for the storage of basic food and non-food items.[22]

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  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines recognized the Palestinian state within 1967 borders and East Jerusalem as its capital on 29 August 2011.

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  • Belize officially recognized Palestine as a sovereign and independent state on 9 September 2011 within its pre-1967 borders.
  • Palestine joined the Arab League, a regional organization of Arab states for creating a closer relation among its members, on 9 September 1976.[23]

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  • The U.N. General Assembly on 10 September 2015 voted to allow the Palestinians to raise their flag at its headquarters.

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  • Heba Al-Farra of Palestine won the 2018 UN Young Champions of the Earth Prize for her support to female environmental professionals in the green industry across the Middle East and North Africa.[24]
  • On September 13, 1993 representatives from Palestine and Israel signed the “Declaration of Principles On Interim Self-Government Arrangements”, a document also known as the “Oslo Accords”. Despite continuous limitations and ambiguities this signing of the first peace accord between Israel and Palestine at the White House in Washington gave Palestine limited self-government on the Gaza and in Jericho.[25]

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  • Palestine and Kuwait on 14 September 2014 inked an agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political cooperation between the two Arab countries. The agreement stipulates for the creation of a joint committee for political cooperation between the two governments and the MoU stipulates for the political consultation between Kuwaiti and Palestinian foreign ministries.[26]

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  • Antigua and Barbuda, as of 21 September 2011, recognized Palestine as an independent and sovereign state.

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  • The World Bank on 23 September 2013 approved a $10 million grant that will scale up a current Cash Transfer Project and benefit 5,000 Palestinian households living in extreme poverty in the Palestinian territories. Cash transfer programs have been key in providing timely emergency assistance to Palestinian families suffering from economic hardships.[27]

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  • Palestinian lawyer Raji Sourani was named as one of the winners of the 2013 Right Livelihood Awards for his unwavering dedication to the rule of law and human rights under exceptionally difficult circumstances in Palestine and the Arab world. It is the first time that a Right Livelihood Award, honoring those who work to improve the lives of others, goes to a Palestinian.[28]

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  • The Interpol General Assembly on 27 September 2017 voted to admit the State of Palestine as a new member country.[29]

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  • Swedish government announced to recognize the state of Palestine in a move that will make it the first major European country to take the step, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said on 3 October 2014.[30]

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  • Palestine for the first time clinched the title of Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament beating Tajikistan 4-3 in a penalty shootout after a goalless play in the stipulated and extra time in Dhaka on 12 October 2018.
  • Israel and Hamas from Palestine agreed to one of the largest prisoner swaps in modern history on October 12, 2011. Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been held in captivity in the Gaza Strip for five years, is set to be freed in coming days in return for the release of up to 1000 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. The news was greeted with exultation by both Palestinians and Jews.[31]

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  • The British Parliament on 13 October 2014 passed a non-binding motion recognizing Palestine as a state with a majority of 274 to 12 votes.[32]
  • Palestine was announced as the winner of the 2011 Vettor Giusti Tourism Poster Competition under the Middle East region category at the 19th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO). The winning poster depicts Jericho's St. George Orthodox Monastery in Wadi Qelt, a West Bank oasis that is also home to one of the oldest synagogues.[33]

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  • The Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize jointly to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli politicians Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin for their efforts to create peace in the Middle East. By concluding the Oslo Accords, and subsequently following them up, Arafat, Peres and Rabin have made substantial contributions to a historic process through which peace and cooperation can replace war and hate.[34]

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  • A restaurant run and staffed by deaf people opened for business in the Gaza Strip on 16 October 2012, helped by Palestinians seeking to build a more inclusive society where people with disabilities can realize their full potential.[35]

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  • Olive trees in the Jerusalem garden revered by Christians as the place where Jesus Christ prayed before he was crucified have been dated to at least 900 years old, among the oldest in the world, according to a study released on 19 October 2012.[36]

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  • Qatar has agreed to provide $150 million in debt relief to the Palestinian Authority, according to an official announcement on 21 October 2013.[37]

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  • On 23 October 2012, the emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani became the first head of state to enter the blockaded Gaza Strip since 2007. He was officially visiting the Palestinian enclave to inaugurate reconstruction projects worth over $250 million.[38]

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  • Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on 30 October 2013, the second of four batches to be released as part of a deal that set in motion the current Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.[39]

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  • The United Nations' cultural agency granted the Palestinians full membership on 31 October 2011, a step forward in their long-running efforts to achieve recognition before the world as an independent state.[40]


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  • The United States of America on 6 November 2013 announced an additional $75 million in aid to create Palestinian jobs and help them improve roads, schools and other infrastructure.[41]

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  • Palestine cast a United Nations General Assembly vote for the first time on 18 November 2013, which its ambassador called a symbolic step toward full membership in the world body.[42]

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  • Palestine and South Africa on 26 November 2014 signed agreements aimed at strengthening bilateral relations between the two countries. The agreements include an accord for the establishment of a Joint Commission of Co-operation, a Memorandum of Understanding on political consultations that will see the two governments meeting regularly to exchange views on political matters of common concern, and an agreement on co-operation in higher education and training.[43]

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  • The United Nations General Assembly on 29 November 2012 overwhelmingly voted to grant Palestinians "non-member state" UN observer status, recognizing implicitly the sovereign state of Palestine.[44]

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December

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  • Brazil recognized the State of Palestine based on borders at the time of Israel's 1967 conquest of the West Bank. In a letter sent by Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the President of the Palestinian National Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, on 1 December 2010, the Brazilian Government recognized the Palestinian State.[45]

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  • French parliament on 2 December 2014 voted in favor of recognizing Palestine as a state. The vote in the French lower house of Parliament was approved with 339 votes to 151.

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  • In a rare display of regional cooperation, the State of Palestine, Israel and Jordan on 9 December 2013 signed a historic water-sharing initiative at the World Bank in Washington that is expected to protect water resources in the region amid rising demand. Initiatives under the agreement include the development of a desalination plant in Aqaba at the head of the Red Sea, where the water produced will be shared between Israel and Jordan; increased releases of water by Israel from Lake Tiberias for use in Jordan; and the sale of about 20-30 million m3/year of desalinated water from Mekorot (the Israeli water utility) to the Palestinian Water Authority for use in the West Bank.[46]

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  • Palestinian film Omar won the Best Feature Film Award at the seventh annual Asia Pacific Screen Awards, the region’s highest accolade in film, announced at a ceremony in Brisbane, Australia on 12 December 2013.[47]

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  • Iceland formally recognized Palestine as a state on 15 December 2011 during a ceremony in Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland became the first Western European country to formally recognize the Palestinian Territories as an independent state.

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  • Bolivia recognized the State of Palestine based on 1967 borders on 17 December 2010.[48]

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  • The Greek parliament on 22 December 2015 unanimously voted to recognize Palestine as an independent state. Both countries will continue to work toward further formal recognition beyond this symbolic vote.

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  • Ecuador recognized the State of Palestine as an independent and free state based on 1967 borders on 24 December 2010.

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  • Israel freed a group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on 31 December 2013 as part of a US-brokered agreement to resume direct peace talks between the two nations. The prisoners were the third batch of 104 detainees that Israel pledged to let go in four stages when the peace talks were revived in July.[49]


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