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Isn't it a bit strange to have a picture of the wall? The West Bank has a lot more to offer, I suppose.


POV[edit]

Seems like the edits keep going back to a pro-Israeli/settler viewpoint? I was trying to keep the guide objective -we should not see this occuring over and over again... Think of the situation in kosovo - are we to only offer a pro-Serbian or Kosovar view? hope we can take out the pro-Israeli bias or at least offer more neutral language!.. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 69.215.158.15 (talkcontribs)

Hmm, can you provide some examples? Are you referring to the Understand section, or to something more systematic? I suppose striving for objectivity is useful for the historical background section, but for the most part, the information here should be subjective—from the perspective of what we think a traveler should know. --Peter Talk 20:18, 13 April 2008 (EDT)

Sure, first off the West Bank is home to Christian and Muslim areas of interest too. Secondly, to refer to parts of Israel as part of the West Bank?? (as it maybe geograpically as this is the only way I can make sense of this statement, but not in the political sense!) is plain wrong. The territory is officially not part of any nation. period. To not mention anything of the PNA aspirations of the West Bank to be part of a future Palestine but to talk at length about settler policy is strange and to refer to Jewish settlers in the West Bank as ones returning from exile is clearly showing bias any way you look at it. Thanks for your quick interest to my post! Hope we can make the article more neutral as it has a great start!

Switched back the statement regarding the "liberation" of the west bank by Israel to an apolitical statement regarding occupation- the official term used by the media. Loosing hope that this article will ever meet the goal of pro-settler bias with such events...

"Occupation" is not apolitical as, since there was no prior sovereign, the territory cannot be said to be occupied. A more neutral term would be "control/controlled", e.g. "under Israeli control"/"Israeli controlled areas", etc. Regarding the use of "settlements", why are Palestinian Arab cities referred to as "cities" while any Jewish community is called a "settlement"? Why not call the Jewish towns and cities "towns" and "cities" too? Is it to do with relative age? If the Arabs built a new city - which they are in the process of doing (Rawabi) - would that also be termed a "settlement"?

Population figures[edit]

the population number for the jewish settlements are wrong! Check the latest AP news reports.. if you combine both the regions including the E. Jer. area the total would amount much less than the stated 500,000 but this too is always switched back to appear to give the Israeli settlement more of pop. base than really exists in reality... very frustrating as I try to make all articles on the P.T. neutral as possible. the political agenda in this article must be removed! We need facts not pro-right wing Israeli statements. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 218.6.247.158 (talkcontribs)

First, please assume good faith. If someone challenges your edits, best to provide a reference (an AP report, I assume) for your figures here. Otherwise, plunge forward! --Peter Talk 22:48, 28 July 2009 (EDT)

F.Y.I.: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090824/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_israel_netanyahu;_ylt=AlM_86931HHTzvgC91iAxNFY24cA;_ylu=X3oDMTJtb3AwaTQyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwODI0L21sX2lzcmFlbF9uZXRhbnlhaHUEY3BvcwM0BHBvcwM0BHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcmllcwRzbGsDaXNyYWVsc25ldGFu

Palestinian Heritage Museum of Tulkarm[edit]

Spreading the word, if anyone's curious about the museum. --CurvyEthyl 16:03, 10 January 2013 (EST)

Thanks for sharing! IBAlex 21:44, 10 January 2013 (EST)

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