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Ramallah

(rämä`lä), city (2007 pop. 27,4000), in the West BankWest Bank,
territory, formerly part of Palestine, after 1949 administered by Jordan, since 1967 largely occupied by Israel (2005 est. pop. 2,386,000), 2,165 sq mi (5,607 sq km), west of the Jordan River, incorporating the northwest quadrant of the Dead Sea.
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, N of Jerusalem. The administrative center for the Palestinian AuthorityPalestinian Authority
(PA) or Palestinian National Authority,
interim self-government body responsible for areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Palestinian control.
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, it lies in a fertile farming region where olives, figs, and grapes are grown. Ramallah is inhabited mainly by Christian Arabs. It was occupied by Israeli forces after the Arab-Israeli war of 1967. It is the seat of Bir Zeit Univ. (1924), which became a focal point of Palestinian Arab unrest; the institution was forced to close numerous times. A number of Arab refugee camps were established in the area, and the environs were often a scene of unrest and violence during the IntifadaIntifada
[Arab.,=uprising, shaking off], the Palestinian uprising during the late 1980s and early 90s in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, areas that had been occupied by Israel since 1967. A vehicular accident that killed four Palestinians in the Gaza Strip in Dec.
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 in the late 1980s and early 90s. Israeli forces withdrew from Ramallah in Dec., 1995, as a prelude to the establishment of Palestinian self-rule. In the renewed violence beginning in 2000, Ramallah was again the scene of fighting between Palestinians and Israelis, but the city has since experienced significant growth.
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RAMALLAH, Palestine: The Palestinian city of Ramallah Sunday canceled the planned screening of Lebanese film "The Insult" after activists called for a boycott of themovie over its director's "normalization" with Israel.
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But before her concert started, Salma had a little time to go on a tour around the city of Ramallah and the chance to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Yasser Arafat died in a military hospital in Paris in 2004 after suddenly being taken ill at his presidential compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Ramallah, September 15 (BNA) - Israeli occupation forces closed last night the road between the city of Ramallah and Jalazone Camp north of the city in the West Bank.
The remains were taken from the massive mausoleum in the West Bank city of Ramallah where Arafat was buried and moved to a nearby mosque so Palestinian doctors could take samples from his bones.
On Wednesday, an Israeli court ruled to expel Mohammed Abu Tair from Jerusalem, who was later sent to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Palestinian children pray during Mass at Holy Family Church in the West Bank city of Ramallah in 2008.
On a visit to the West Bank city of Ramallah, he said: "I am confident that with proper help the state of Palestine will emerge.
Birmingham City Council yesterday said it had no plans to twin with the Palestinian city of Ramallah, despite efforts by its mayor.
THE campaign to twin Birmingham with the troubled Middle Eastern city of Ramallah was bolstered with a visit from a Palestinian mayor.