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Arafat Renames Palestinian Areas

March 18, 1996
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Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat has announced that areas under his control should from now on be referred to in official documents as “Palestine.”

Arafat’s office said this week in a statement that the West Bank would be called the Northern District and the Gaza Strip would be referred to as the Gaza District.

The terms “Gaza Strip” and “West Bank” are remnants from British control of the region, the statement said, adding that the new names would reflect the realities of Palestinian self-rule.

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