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Palestine (Arabic: فلسطين‎ Filasṭīn, Falasṭīn, Filisṭīn; Greek: Παλαιστίνη, Palaistinē; Latin: Palaestina; Hebrew: פלשתינה Palestina) is a conventional name, among others, for the geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the ByzantinePalaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. The region is also known as the Land of Israel (Hebrew: ארץ־ישראל Eretz-Yisra'el),[7] the Holy Land, the Southern Levant,[8] Cisjordan, and historically has been known by other names including Canaan, Southern Syria andJerusalem. Situated at a strategic location between Egypt, Syria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history


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Palestine (Arabicفلسطين‎ FilasṭīnFalasṭīnFilisṭīnGreekΠαλαιστίνηPalaistinēLatinPalaestinaHebrew: פלשתינה Palestina) is a conventional name, among others, for the geographic region in Western Asia between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, and various adjoining lands.[1][2][3][4][5][6] The name was used by Ancient Greek writers, and was later used for the Roman province Syria Palaestina, the ByzantinePalaestina Prima and the Umayyad and Abbasid province of Jund Filastin. The region is also known as the Land of Israel (Hebrew: ארץ־ישראל Eretz-Yisra'el),[7] the Holy Land, the Southern Levant,[8] Cisjordan, and historically has been known by other names including CanaanSouthern Syria andJerusalem.



Situated at a strategic location between EgyptSyria and Arabia, and the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the region has a long and tumultuous history as a crossroads for religion, culture, commerce, and politics. The region has been controlled by numerous different peoples, including Ancient EgyptiansCanaanitesIsraelitesAssyriansBabyloniansPersiansAncient GreeksRomansByzantines, the Sunni Arab Caliphates, the Shia Fatimid CaliphateCrusadersAyyubidsMameluksOttomans, the British and modern Israelis and Palestinians.



Boundaries of the region have changed throughout history, and were last defined in modern times by the Franco-British boundary agreement (1920)and the Transjordan memorandum of 16 September 1922, during the mandate period.[9] Today, the region comprises the State of Israel and thePalestinian territories.[9]

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