Ramallah

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Ramallah
Bank Of Palestine - Ramallah.jpg
Bank of Palestine, in Ramallah
Arabic رام الله
Governorate Ramallah & al-Bireh
Government City (from 1995)
Also spelled Ramallah (officially)
Coordinates 31°54′N 35°12′E / 31.9°N 35.2°E / 31.9; 35.2Coordinates: 31°54′N 35°12′E / 31.9°N 35.2°E / 31.9; 35.2
Population 27,092 (2007)
Jurisdiction

16,344  dunams (16.3 km²)

Founded in 16th century
Head of Municipality Janet Mikhail
Website www.ramallah.ps

Ramallah (Arabic: رام الله Rāmallāh Loudspeaker.png   (info • help) is a Palestinian city, located in the West Bank. It is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Jerusalem. It currently serves as the de facto capital of the the State of Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian National Authority. The constitutional capital is Jerusalem. Ramallah has over 27,000 people living there.[1] Ramallah was historically a Christian town, but today Muslims form the majority of the population, with about 25% of the people Christians.[2][3]

The name of the city is made of "Ram", an Aramaic word that means "high place or mountain", and "Allah", the Arabic word for God. It translates as "Height of God".[4]


References[change | edit source]

  1. 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.114. (Arabic)
  2. Hall, Andy. Quaker Meeting in Ramallah Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
  3. Keulemans, Chris. Imagination Behind the Wall: Cultural Life in Ramallah p.2. April 2005.
  4. "Ramallah.ps". Ramallah.ps. http://www.ramallah.ps/etemplate.aspx?id=81. Retrieved November 13, 2011.

Other websites[change | edit source]

Ramallah travel guide from Wikivoyage