132. Mideast geography

How come the area known as the West Bank of the Jordan river is always prefaced by "Israeli-occupied"? Jordan took over the area, by force, in 1948. Its control of the region was not approved of by other Arab states. Between 1948 and 1967, Jordan had a program of de-Judaizing the cities of the West Bank. Jews were killed or forced out. The synagogues, yeshivas and cemeteries were destroyed. And yet the area was never called "Jordanian-occupied." I believe the description of the region should be "Israeli-liberated."

David Gitel, Manhattan

November 18, 1994

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