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 • Arabicرام الله
 • Also spelledRamallah (official)
Bank of Palestine, in Ramallah
Bank of Palestine, in Ramallah
GovernorateRamallah & al-Bireh
Founded16th century
 • TypeCity (from 1995)
 • Head of MunicipalityJanet Mikhail
 • Jurisdiction16,344 dunams (16.3 km2 or 6.3 sq mi)
 • Jurisdiction27,092

Ramallah (Arabic: رام الله Rāmallāh audio speaker icon   is a Palestinian city, in the West Bank. It is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Jerusalem. It currently serves as the de facto capital of 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.[2] Ramallah was historically a Christian town, but today Muslims form the majority of the population, with 25% of the people Christians.[3][4]

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".[5]

Palestinian PLO leader (1969-2004) Yasser Arafat is entombed here in mausoleum.


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  1. 2007 PCBS Population Archived 2017-11-21 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.53. (Arabic)
  2. 2007 PCBS Census Archived 2019-04-09 at the Wayback Machine. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.114. (Arabic)
  3. Hall, Andy. Quaker Meeting in Ramallah Archived 2011-02-25 at the Wayback Machine Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
  4. Keulemans, Chris. Imagination Behind the Wall: Cultural Life in Ramallah Archived 2011-10-06 at the Wayback Machine p.2. April 2005.
  5. "Ramallah.ps". Ramallah.ps. Archived from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved November 13, 2011.

Other websites

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Ramallah travel guide from Wikivoyage