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Palestine Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the region known as Palestine?
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The two territories of the area commonly referred to as Palestine today
West Bank
Gaza
Party which leads the government of territory #1
Fatah
Party which rules territory #2
Hamas
Countries which border these territories
Egypt
Israel
Jordan
Current de-facto capital of Palestine
Ramallah
Proposed capital of a future Palestinian state
East Jerusalem
Country which had a "mandate" to rule Palestine from 1922–1947
United Kingdom
Empire which controlled Palestine from 1516–1922
Ottoman Empire
Ancient kingdom in the area ruled by King Herod
Judea
Name for the area during the Bronze Age (starts with C)
Canaan
Birthplace of Jesus according to the Bible
Bethlehem
Name of the mosque built on the Temple Mount around 700 A.D.
Al Aqsa
Chairman of the PLO from 1969–2004
Yasser Arafat
Current President of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA)
Mahmoud Abbas
Most populous city in the territory controlled by the PNA
Hebron
Biblical patriarch said to be buried in the above city
Abraham
Term for the violent Palestinian uprisings which occured in 1987–1993 and 2000–2005
Intifada
Oldest city in Palestine, and possibly the entire world
Jericho
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Level 83
Jan 13, 2021
This quiz may be of some use to some commenters below. Enjoy.
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Level 79
Mar 7, 2018
Very interesting quiz, I like it. Don't mind in the least that it's not eligible for points, because I doubt I'd have scored any.
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Level 43
Oct 2, 2020
Well, it has points now!
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Level 31
Mar 12, 2018
Well done Kalbahamut! Stand up for Israel! THE greatest country on Earth.
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Level 83
Mar 13, 2018
I'm not trying to stand up for anyone, really. I'm not a nationalist. But.. there is historical fact... and then there are the myths woven by all sides about this region that often cloud historical fact.
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Level 66
Jul 2, 2020
As an Israeli we are NOT the greatest country on earth the title would probably go to Switzerland or one in Scandinavia we have a lot of problems that we need to solve and as Jewish people, we are pretty split on everything
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2021
New Zealand would get my vote. Japan is great too, but the honor code seems to lead to a disproportionate number of suicides, which is...not great. South Korea seems pretty boss too, especially when compared what it could have been...
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Level 74
Aug 14, 2020
The very existence of the state of Israel in Palestine is a crime against humanity!
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Level 83
Aug 14, 2020
Do you feel the same way about other ethno-states like Germany or Pakistan? If not, why not?
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Level 77
Nov 3, 2020
Germany is an ethno-state?
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Level 83
Nov 3, 2020
Yes. Of course. A state founded on the idea of German nationhood, uniting many different kingdoms, principalities, etc that contained "Germanic" people, with the idea that these people form a cogent ethnic group that should be unified and self-governed on land they consider their ethnicity's historic homeland. Same as Italy. Similar to France, and Greece, and England, and Turkey, and China, and Egypt, and Syria, and Armenia, and Georgia, and Azerbaijan, and Iran, and Albania, and Macedonia, and Yugoslavia, and Serbia, and so on... same basic idea behind the creation of the ethno-nation-state of Israel.
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Level 41
Nov 23, 2020
Germany, nor many European states which were formed under a national unity, arent ethnostates. Ethnostates are selective and only allow the entrance of permitted ethnicities or nationalities, Germany was unified to provide them with strength against the French
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2020
Pretty much every country in Europe is an ethnostate, excluding San Marino, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Luxembourg, Cyprus, Monaco, Switzerland, Malta and the Vatican. (and maybe Montenegro, Kosovo, and Moldova... those are iffy. Plus the United Kingdom which is the union of four ethno-states) They are states formed around the idea of ethnic nationhood: that there exist "nations" (i.e. large groups) of people connected by common language, culture, or history that should be entitled to have their own country and be self-governed. You're using a peculiar definition.
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Level 83
Nov 23, 2020
And anyway if an ethnostate is a state where only one ethnicity is allowed to enter or gain citizenship, then there are zero such states in the world today. Certainly Israel does not fit that description.
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Level 41
Nov 30, 2020
If by weird definition you mean the first definition that comes up when you google to term. Germany can hardly be considered a country that restricted it citizenship based on ethnic grounds today, when it, and most European countries are some of the most welcoming places for immigrants today. Even by other definitions online, which argue that an ethnostate is a state which serves the purposes of only one ethnicity, Germany can definitely not be labelled as an ethnostate, as like I said, it's willingness to accept immigrants, same with England and by extention the UK, France, etc.
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Level 83
Nov 30, 2020
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Level 41
Dec 1, 2020
That is an ideology. Still does not change the stance modern countries have on foreign ethnicities.
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Level 83
Dec 1, 2020
I'm sorry you're having trouble understanding this.
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Level 41
Dec 2, 2020
Its less a problem of me not being able to understand this, and more you not willing to accept that many Europeans countries which you call ethnostates have policies and attitudes which do not align with the common definition of ethnostates.
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Level 83
Dec 2, 2020
Again, my apologies. Take care.
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Level 65
Jan 10, 2021
It would be far more accurate to describe the countries you mentioned ( Germany, France, Pakistan etc.) as nationstates rather than ethnostates.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2021
ethnostate and nationstate are almost exactly the same thing. A "nation" and an "ethnicity" are very similar. Ethnostates can also be nation-states. Ethnicities can be groups of people connected by common racial heritage, common history, common language, common religion, common ideology, etc. So can "nations." Nationalist rhetoric can and has been used to talk about concepts such as "White nationalism," "Black nationalism," "Arab nationalism," "Islamic nationalism," etc in addition to "Jewish Nationalism," "Palestinian nationalism," "Greek nationalism," and "German nationalism." Google any of these terms and you'll find pages devoted to them. Except that when you google Jewish nationalism you get redirected to the page on Zionism - same thing except that Jewish nationalism has been made into a bad word by those opposed to it.
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Level 83
Jan 10, 2021
I'd say that the only significant difference between the concept of a "nation" and an "ethnicity," in fact, is that ethnicity is defined as a group one can choose to belong to; it's a label that people self-ascribe if they want to identify with it. "Nations," on the other hand, according to the nationalist theory, exist independent of whether or not people choose to belong to them. Ethnic groups are, by definition, entirely socially constructed. Nations of people are not. Thus my position that ethnicity is a valid concept, while nationality is almost entirely bogus mythological bullshit. It gets confusing talking about this, though, as since nation-states have become the almost universal default way that states around the world have been organized since the 19th century, the words "nation" and "state" have become synonymous in common usage, and "nationality" has become a synonym for "state citizenship." Being imprecise about what you mean can thus lead to confusion.
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2021
Put aside the quibbling over what is an ethnostate and what is a nation-state and my question remains the same: someone who claims that the existence of Israel (a state organized around the precepts of ideas of Nationalism - created as a homeland for the Jewish people where they had lived for thousands of years with the notion that they ought to have sovereignty over their own homeland and be entitled to self rule - the same philosophy that led to the creation of almost all modern nation-states around the world) is a crime against humanity... do they feel the same about other nation-states. And if not, why not? Would be nice to get an answer to that question rather than this pointless discussion above.
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Level 70
Jan 14, 2021
Why is it so difficult for you to understand that the creation of Israel is totally different story than any other nation state? Israelis had to be brought from abroad, populate the area and then expand in the expense of the local population in the name of what...religious extremism (Zionism)!. Not quite the same as many other countries. Germans lived in Germany, French in France, and so on.
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Level 41
Jan 14, 2021
well Germany and Pakistan didn't decide that they needed a home in the 20th century and went to kick out the natives and occasionally killed them.and destroyed their homes and now even refuse to recognize the country they took.

maybe you should have taken a land from Europe since they're the ones that committed the holocaust against Jews.

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Level 63
Jan 14, 2021
Pakistan totally did. Millions of non-Islamic families including mine were forcibly evicted, thrown out and even murdered.
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Level 74
Jan 14, 2021
Constantinos - not the same as many other countries, true. That said, there is much that is invented and imagined in the traditions and communities we are quick to recognize as nations and ethnicities. Germans, Italians, and French people had to be created as such - through political processes, universal elementary education, the standardization of languages. Much of that goes back to the second half of the nineteenth century. But there are lots of similarities between Israel and other settler colonial states, including my own - Canada - on very much the terms you lay out.
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Level 67
Mar 23, 2023
Pakistan kicked out an order of magnitude more people and with considerably less justification. Are you daft?
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Level 56
Jan 14, 2021
Earliest Jewish Settlement in Israel judea 1200bc

Earliest arab settlement in Israel Judea 600ad.

Palistinians are the decendents of colonists who conqured the region from the roman (byzintine) empire as part off the Jihad of the prophet Mohammad. And empire that extened from modern day mauritania to indonesia and spain to tanzania.

So No the existance of the state of Israel is not a crime against humanity.

But the constant terrorism and attempted genocide of Palistinian terrorists is.

Oh and the first recorded terrorist attacks by palistinians on Jews in the region occured in 1922, 37 years before the state of Israel was created

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Level 83
Jan 14, 2021
Constantinos: you are believing in a completely false narrative. I'd encourage you to read more about the history of the region.

Hermione: You might want to look up the history of population exchanges which took place between Pakistan and India. Or something about the Danes, Frisians, Sinti, Roma, and Sorbs of Germany.

tshalla: once in a while we agree on something. But I imagine if we had a deeper conversation about this we'd disagree on a lot, especially on what a settler colonial state is. Or even if such a thing realistically exists. People are people. We all have equal claim to the planet. Nobody has any special claim to geography by virtue of ancestry, religious affiliation, or anything else in my opinion. But it's the unfortunate reality of all human history that we are prone to fight over things and to think selfishly, tribally, and territorially.

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Level 67
Jan 15, 2021
Is New Jersey an ethnostate? What the hell is going on over there? Everyone is descended from Springsteen.
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Level 83
Jan 16, 2021
:) maybe by accident. You should look up the interview Conan did about his DNA results and the small in-bred town his ancestors came from. Pretty funny.

More serious answer: the 13 original United States were organized as mercantilist British colonies. There were cultural and ethnic differences between each state but none that adopted statehood with these differences in mind as an organizing principle. Later states added to the Union sometimes had something like that, but only rarely, and never in any lasting way. The original petitions for Oklahoma statehood were often about creating a state for Native Americans; and Oregon was at first created as a "whites-only" state. But even in these cases, it's not the same thing as ethnic nationalism. Most of the tribes in Oklahoma, and most of the "white" families in Oregon, at the time of statehood, were not originally from there, nor did they share any particular cultural similarities with their neighbors.

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Level 41
Jan 16, 2021
KingEureka- well then they suck too. sorry you suffered.
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Level 83
Oct 5, 2021
I recently added the 3rd person to my personal block list. I don't like doing this, but I also increasingly have no patience for people unwilling to engage honestly and in good faith online, who ignore or sidestep arguments proving them wrong to insult or condescend.

I'm not trying to censor the conversation, though. So, to add in the last point that this person tried to make: he said that what made Israel different from other ethnostates like Germany is that Israel has different laws for Jews and non-Jews.

This is simply false. There actually are relatively few laws in Israel that afford any special status or privilege to Jewish people for being Jewish, and the ones that do exist, such as the law allowing for Jews to make Aaliyah, are basically identical to many similar laws in other countries, including in Germany

My point stands: singling out Israel among all ethnostates for being an ethnostate is untenable.

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Level 83
Oct 18, 2021
mizu: very late reply, I know... but... "Palestinians" are not all descendants of the Arabs who conquered Judea led by Uthman ibn Khattab... it's part of the myths of nationalism and race that there exist discrete and cogent groups of people with unbroken continuity across generations, that somehow inherit the characteristics, history, rights, privileges, debts, and collective sins of their forefathers. This is fantasy, not reality, and it's a very harmful, error-prone, way of trying to think about the world.

In reality, the people who today call themselves "Palestinian" include people whose ancestors were born in Israel or "Palestine," and those who immigrated very recently from Jordan, Egypt, Syria, or other places. It includes Muslims, Christians, atheists, and other religious minorities. It includes people whose ancestors were Jews living in Judea in the 1st century and later converted or lost their Jewish identity. (but of course not only, as nobody is that in-bred)

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Level 83
Oct 18, 2021
and it's useful to recall that it was only some 80+ years ago when the term "Palestinian" was a label applied to the Jewish inhabitants of Ottoman and then British Palestine, to differentiate them from the Muslim Arab and Turkic people who also lived there. So, what even is a Palestinian? Depends on who you ask and when you were asking. But any definition that implies it's someone with a pure and uncomplicated genetic lineage going straight back to some group of people from 100 or 1000 or 6000 years ago is by definition wrong and impossible.

And all of what I just said about "Palestinians" applies to Jewish Israelis, too. Human history is complex. Our histories are inextricably interwoven. We are all heirs to the same human story, all equal in our claims to privilege, suffering, and oppression. None of us more entitled to dignity, respect, freedom, justice, or real estate than anyone else. Alike in our common humanity. Tribalism is the evil obfuscating this reality.

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Level 60
Jan 8, 2022
I could say a lot of things in response, such as Israel has a right to exist, anti-semitism is ugly, that Israel is the only real democracy in the middle east, but in the end, the only way to respond to someone who believes that Israel should be wiped off of the map is...

pfft. Take your hatred somewhere else.

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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
The very existence of Palestine in Israel is a crime against humanity!
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Level 49
Sep 23, 2020
it really isnt
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Level 88
Jan 14, 2021
Please. Everyone knows Freedonia is the greatest country on Earth.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
Also know as the USA!
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Level 40
Feb 15, 2021
no yugoslavia was the greatest country on earth
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Level 46
May 19, 2021
so great it was lifted to heaven
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
I mean, Israel is alright. I wouldn't say that it's the greatest though.
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Level 55
Jun 25, 2020
Congratulations on the feature, Kalbahamut!
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2020
Thanks. QM seems to have wiped out most of the comments here, which referred to the original much longer version of this quiz and included questions on the various Arab-Israeli wars, the Skyes-Picot agreement, Grand Mufti Husayni, Umar bin-Khatib, the Hasmoneans, Hadrian, and the long list of empires who have conquered and controlled this region at various times. Always been fascinated with this place. Glad I got to live there for a while.
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Level 85
Jun 25, 2020
Goodness... it sounds as if your original was a bit more meaty than some other area quizzes for which the answers are mostly "agriculture" and the name of the place itself.
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2020
QM likes the featured quizzes to for the most part be brisk and accessible.
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Level 62
Jul 21, 2020
I'm on a documentary kick. Any recommendations?
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Level 83
Jul 22, 2020
About Jersualem and Palestine? Or just in general?

I can't think of any documentaries on the region that I would particularly recommend. I highly recommend the book Jerusalem: A Biography by Simon Montefiore, if you want something to read. Would love to see a 10-part Ken Burns documentary produced from that.

As for documentaries in general... um... some of my favorites include:

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters

Precious Life (which does take place in Israel/Palestine)

Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?

April 1865: The Month That Saved America

March of the Penguins

White Light/Black Rain

The Fog of War

and Idiocracy

those are the first ones that come to mind.

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Level 83
Jul 22, 2020
Recently have watched a lot on serial killers. But none that were particularly memorable. Maybe the Unabomber in his own words one...

Ken Burns' Vietnam was also good.

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Level 47
Jun 24, 2021
there is a good one about the hacker group Anonymous
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Level 67
Jun 25, 2020
Please change the title. Palestine is not a country and I recommend it be renamed "Palestine Quiz".
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2020
That was the original title, and the original quiz was intended to be about both the historical region and the modern-day loosely defined semi-sovereign nation state that go by the same name. Dan wanted to use this in a series of countries quizzes, though, so I guess he wanted the titles to be consistent. Get over it.
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Level 82
Jun 26, 2020
Can you please give me a definition of a "country" that excludes Palestine, but includes Taiwan, Kosovo and the Vatican?
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2020
sovereign
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Level 25
Jun 26, 2020
Somaliland is much more sovereign than vatican.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2020
What part of the Vatican's territory do they not control or is in dispute?
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Level 74
Jun 26, 2020
You say that those countries do not have disputes, but both Taiwan and Kosovo are entirely disputed. Palestine is more of a country than both as it has UN observer status, which the others don't.
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Level 83
Jun 26, 2020
I said no such thing. I asked which part of the Vatican's territory was not under the Vatican's control or disputed?

As to Kosovo and Taiwan, which I didn't mention in the last comment, what are the validity of those disputes? How much territory in Kosovo does Serbia exert control over? How much of Taiwan does the PRC control?

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Level 69
Jun 27, 2020
Sovereign is indeed a good definition (take this, England! :-D ). And according to that very definition Palestine is a country, right?
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Level 83
Jun 28, 2020
It is not.
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Level 49
Sep 23, 2020
what about northern cyprus then?
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Level 83
Sep 23, 2020
Northern Cyprus has a far greater claim to sovereignty than Palestine does. However... unlike Palestine... they are not such a popular cause du jour around the world. They only have recognition from one country: Turkey. Most definitions of sovereign include some international recognition. Palestine has more international recognition than TRNC, but less of everything else that is part of being sovereign. In my opinion, though, TRNC is more of a country than Palestine.
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Level 83
Sep 23, 2020
Taiwan, Kosovo, and the Vatican all have broad (though not universal; politics) international recognition in addition to control over their own territory. Vatican's territorial claims are not in dispute. All three enjoy greater sovereignty than either Palestine or Northern Cyprus.
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Level 49
Dec 7, 2020
taiwan has little recognition and is only recognized by small unimportant countries(from an economic and diplomatic perspective)
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Level 49
Dec 7, 2020
btw, yemen is considered a country on this website, although it isnt really sovereign right now
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Level 52
Dec 15, 2020
Hmmm...a country overrun by rebel groups isn't a country? Makes sense.
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Level 49
Jan 6, 2021
@GrandOldMan who are you replying to?
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Level 83
Jan 12, 2021
Mr. Appleseed: Most major countries in the world do not have an official embassy in Taipei because they wish to do business with the People's Republic of China and Beijing, and their not having formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan is a condition of that. However, most major countries of the world DO have consulates in Taipei that function essentially the same as embassies, and a lot of commerce and diplomacy goes back and forth.

Yemen has or at least had been a sovereign country for a long time, currently facing a violent well-armed and foreign-supported insurrection. The Houthi rebels were in control of the capital city last I checked though so you may have a point. Perhaps the country will be divided in the future, or the civil war will end and one side or the other will reestablish control over the whole country. I think the difference is that this is seen as a temporary setback in the country's history; unlike Palestine which was never sovereign.

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Level 67
Jan 27, 2021
What about "is recognized by jetpunk?"
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Level 73
Apr 6, 2021
Vatican City, Kosovo, and Taiwan all have well-defined borders and functioning governments. Palestine has some areas within its self-defined borders that it has NEVER controlled, and it has 2 separate governments run by 2 separate terrorist organizations in 2 separate non-bordering regions, one of which is landlocked. That is why Palestine isn't a country but Vatican City, Kosovo, and Taiwan are.
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Level 83
Apr 7, 2021
Calling Fatah a terrorist organization at this point is kind of a stretch. Hamas... they keep flip flopping back and forth on various issues I think that's still fair. Though both of them were founded as terrorist organizations committed to the use of violence to destroy any Jewish Israeli state, they've both become increasingly more political as time goes on, I think realizing the futility of terrorism as a means to whatever ends they hope to achieve, especially Fatah.
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Level 49
Sep 23, 2020
the un recognizes it
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Level 83
Sep 23, 2020
Palestine has observer status at the UN. It's not a member nation. And the UN is not itself a country, so it's not quite the same as the other countries that recognize the PNA as the government of Palestine.
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Level 49
Dec 7, 2020
the UN is the organisation of countries tho. member or not, a country recognized by the UN is a country by their definition.
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Level 56
Jan 22, 2021
the UN is the organisation of countries tho. member or not, a country recognized by the UN is a country by their definition.

Just No

The U.N. does not have its own definition of a country and most of its member states do not either.

The U.N. is actual three organisations, the bureaucratic organisation of a number of sub organisations which are staffed by people hired by the U.N.s bureaucracy (eg UNICEF).

the assembly of the U.N. which are representitives of each member state.

The security council. Which are countries that basically spend there time vetoing certian decisions made by the assembly and are former and current super powers of the second world war (perminant members) and a hand full of selected countries that dont have veto powers but are basically honerary members (members but with no real aurthority)

As such the U.N. does not actually recognize countries only member states. With membership being basically decided by the veto holding members of the security council.

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Level 83
Jan 23, 2021
I think the UN does some good work, but neither JetPunk nor myself are bound by the definitions they use, whether that's true or not. It is, after all, ultimately a political organization.
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Level 93
Jun 25, 2020
Would you remove the "Country" word?
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Level 83
Jun 25, 2020
see above
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Level 81
Jun 26, 2020
Jacob and Isaac are also correct answers to the patriarch question.
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Level 46
Jun 26, 2020
For the Bethlehem clue, birthplace is misspelled. Great quiz!
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Level 75
Jun 26, 2020
Fun fact about Mahmoud Abbas's presidency: he's currently in the 16th year of his 4-year term.
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Level 71
Jun 27, 2020
With Trump it only SEEMS like that.
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Level 71
Jun 27, 2020
I think you should accept Abu Mazen as an alternative for Abbas. It's how he's referred to most often there.
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Level 55
Jun 30, 2020
By the way, birthplace isn't spelled correctly in the Bethlehem question.
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Level ∞
Jun 30, 2020
Fixed
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Level 81
Jul 3, 2020
Could you accept Abu Mazen? Actually, thinking about it, Hamas have never accepted Abu Mazen so I don't see why you should.
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Level 65
Aug 26, 2020
From the river to the sea, Falasteen will be free
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Level 83
Aug 26, 2020
Free from? Jews?
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2023
Exactly... Free from the Jews who have been committing genocide against Palestinians for years. Free from a "president" who is right-wing extremist and wants to abolish democracy in "Israel". Free from a country that to this day honors a mass murderer like Baruch Goldstein. Free from a country that has absolutely zero tolerance for Palestinians. From the river to the sea, one day Palestine will be free
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Level 83
Aug 26, 2020
and what about the west bank of the river? Under Jordanian occupation again?
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Level 45
Jan 13, 2021
I was incredibly disappointed by the lack of controversy in the Kosovo Quiz. This one made up for it!
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Level 73
Jan 14, 2021
perhaps the country with a mandate question could come after the empire question, or even both moved to after the biblical ones, to get some nice chronology?
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Level 83
Jan 14, 2021
I think that's how the original quiz was organized. Left column as all pre-modern times.. from Canaan up through the Ottomans. Right column started with the British Mandate and Skyes-Picot and ended with questions about cities in the present-day territory. Blame QuizMaster.
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Level 43
Jan 14, 2021
Ouch... with the feature of QM in the series of Country Quizzes, we spicy the discussion!
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Level 66
Jan 14, 2021
The temple mount is in Israel, so a question about that should not be in a "palestine country" quiz.
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Level 83
Jan 14, 2021
Why not?
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Level 66
Jan 14, 2021
Because it's not in "palestine".
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Level 83
Jan 14, 2021
Sure it is. Unless you are of the opinion that Palestine is a well-defined sovereign state with clearly delineated borders. I don't feel that this is the correct view to take. And on the older version of the quiz there were many more questions about the greater region of Palestine, which has gone by that name since the Bar Kokhba revolt which ended in 135 AD.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
As question 1 say: The two territories commonly refered to as palestine today are west bank and gaza strip, not Israel
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Level 83
Jan 15, 2021
Yes. And? You act as if I didn't write that question.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
And the temple mount is neither in west bank or gaza strip, but in Israel.
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Level 83
Jan 15, 2021
Look... "Palestine" is the name of a region that includes all of present-day Israel and that name goes back 2000 years. It's also the name applied to a partially recognized semi-sovereign nation state, the borders of which are not set or agreed upon but that are often described as including the territories of "the Gaza strip" and "the West Bank." However, even the borders of those territories are not agreed upon. Most proposals for a fully sovereign Palestinian state include East Jerusalem as its capital. The Temple Mount is in East Jerusalem. Nowhere on this quiz does it say that Jerusalem is not under the control of Israel, or even that it shouldn't be. The quiz doesn't even assert that Palestine exists as a sovereign country, or that it should. You can believe whatever you want about these questions, it doesn't make the quiz wrong regardless what you believe. The answers are what the answers are. Believe what you want and get over it.
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Level 66
Jan 15, 2021
But this quiz is named Palestine "country" quiz. Then it should not include an other country. East-Jerusalem has been part of Israel since 1980. Jetpunk even recognise Crimea as part of Russia.
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Level 83
Jan 16, 2021
I'm sorry you're having trouble understanding this.
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Level 38
Jan 14, 2021
Palestine is not a country. it a hold-out of israel not conforming to israeli rule
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Level 83
Jan 14, 2021
That's a novel opinion, even amongst those who deny Palestinian statehood.
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Level 65
Jan 14, 2021
Lol guess this isn't the end of the series
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Level 73
Jan 14, 2021
Day 296: Bandiaterra
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Level 43
Jan 14, 2021
Day 297: Minas Gerais!
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Level 42
Feb 15, 2021
Day 298 Luzon
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Level 28
Apr 11, 2021
Day 299: Cape York
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Level 61
Jan 19, 2022
Only one who gets the joke... Day 300: Sovonthak.
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Level 61
Nov 21, 2022
Geography now or later?
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Level 56
Jan 14, 2021
when Atlantis country quiz
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Level 60
Jan 14, 2021
Day 1032: Sealand?
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2021
That would be fun. I've been hoping for a quiz to which the answer is just "Steve."
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Level 67
Jan 14, 2021
What a civil comment section
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Level 20
Jan 15, 2021
I grabbed some pop corn and pressed the comments button.
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Level 53
Jan 16, 2021
Can we get a country quiz about Western Sahara?
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Level 83
Jan 17, 2021
Aaron197 made one already.
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Level 50
Apr 3, 2021
Thank you for an interesting quiz, despite what the extremists on both sides say!
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Level 28
Apr 11, 2021
Oh my god, looks like we’re in the middle of a civil war in the comments.
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Level 83
Oct 18, 2021
Between those who are calling the comments section remarkably civil and those who think it's full of conflict and extremists?

I think I come down on the civil side. Though a few of the more aggressive and belligerent comments here have been deleted, there never were very many of them.

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Level 39
May 15, 2021
Grab some Coke and Doritos, then read the comments above this one.
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Level 83
May 15, 2021
Not some arak and hummus?
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Level 70
May 28, 2021
I'm not going into politics here, but why are Jetpunk recognizing Taiwan and Kosovo as Countries, but not Palestine, when 138 countries recognizes Palestine? USA/Israel bias?
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Level 83
May 28, 2021
this reads kind of like when someone says "no offense, but you're ugly and stupid and I hate you." If you really wanted your opening caveat to seem genuine you probably should have cut off your comment at the 3rd comma.

No it's not bias. But the fact that "Palestine" has observer status at the UN clearly is a product of politics and bias. The case of Taiwan not being a member of the UN even more so... in that case the bias and politics could not be any less ambiguous. In 1971, though no facts on the ground had changed at all, the UN passed a resolution to shift it's bias from Taiwan to China. JetPunk recognizes that both sovereign countries exist at the same time. So you could call the JetPunk stance a product of the absence of bias; thus the disconnect with the UN.

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Level 40
Jun 30, 2021
Finally got the Country Trivia badge with that quiz!
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Level 56
Nov 8, 2021
@kalbahamut

I don't really see what your case is here. Benjamin Marker has a really good point, so please stop putting people down for no reason whatsoever. You are not smarter than anybody else here, and we all have something to say in the discussion. When someone disagrees with you, you listen, not put them down by saying that you know everything and they know nothing because from what I've seen, you DON'T know more than everyone else.

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Level 83
Nov 8, 2021
There actually is a pretty good chance that I'm smarter than , and know more about this subject, than most people commenting on this quiz. There's a reasonably good chance that I know more about this subject than anyone else in the comments section of this website. But... that's kind of irrelevant. If you're right, you're right, regardless of how smart you are. And even regardless of how much you know.

Benjamin actually does not make a valid point. He asks one simple question (not always the same thing as making a point), followed by a very obnoxious and leading tag question, the latter implying something that isn't true. I answered the simple question, and addressed the BS implication of the obnoxious and leading tag question. He also begins his comment with a claim that he's not getting into politics, then ends it with a statement that is purely political, which I pointed out.

Nowhere did I "put people down for no reason." I'm sure smart people everywhere could see that.

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Level 83
Nov 8, 2021
do you actually have anything to contribute to the discussion? You haven't offered any new information or even shared a point of view. You're just doing what you accuse others of doing.
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Level 65
Mar 2, 2022
forgot israel *facepalm*
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Level 46
May 12, 2022
Rightful Albanian land!
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Level 83
May 13, 2022
Makes as much sense to say this as to call it rightfully Muslim due to the fact that it was conquered and colonized by Muslim central Asian Turkic people who then ruled from afar from their power base in Anatolia, which they also conquered and colonized.

(it is the quiz maker's opinion that no piece of real estate rightly belongs to any particular ethnicity or religion)

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Level 41
May 28, 2022
thank you for making this quiz :) lots of very angry people in the comments that have been taught about Palestinian violence but not the massacres of innocents during the formation of Israel. The narrative of the Palestinians being the 'others' is quite similar to apartheid South Africa in many ways.
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Level 83
May 28, 2022
I'm fascinated by the history of the region. The quiz was not intended to support or debunk any particular narrative. But most narratives about the region - those you may agree with and those you may disagree with - are largely bunk. I'm more interested in the real history.
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Level 36
Dec 31, 2022
Exactly what I was thinking! I only hope one day people will look back on the events in Palestine and are just as disgusted with these colonists as many people were towards the leaders of South Africa following the end of Apartheid.
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Level 37
Jun 30, 2022
Would you consider putting the arabic names for some of the cities as viable answers? for example ariha or al ariha for jericho.
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Level 59
Nov 18, 2022
Came here for the comments and was not disappointed
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Level 61
Nov 21, 2022
Okay so I am a Muslim and I have 2 degrees one of which is history and so I have quite the qualifications to talk about this and Palestine is definitely not a country also I do assume you are a christian so tell me if I'm wrong.
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Level 83
Nov 21, 2022
Are you talking to me? I am religiously unaffiliated. I do have a laminate that says I'm Muslim, though.
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Level 61
Nov 22, 2022
Yes and a laminate isn't the same as being a dedicated Muslim.
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Level 83
Nov 22, 2022
well that's your opinion.
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Level 61
Nov 28, 2022
It's not an opinion it's a fact.

There is a difference in being someone who has dedicated themselves to being a Muslim their entire life and getting a laminated card just to see sights.

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Level 83
Nov 28, 2022
I can see you feel strongly about this.
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Level 61
Nov 29, 2022
Yes I do because you have not been through what I have.Religion kept me in a good mindset after I watched my mother and brother get shot in killed in front of me and after I lost my ability to speak until I got a voice box around 6 months ago.I was born during a horrible war that killed thousands of innocent people so yes I do feel strongly about this.
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Level 83
Nov 29, 2022
super. You haven't been through what I have, either. That sort of goes without saying, though, doesn't it? Maybe you deserve more credit than you give yourself for whatever you've been through and survived.
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Level 21
Dec 15, 2022
You mentioned:

1.Term for the violent Palestinian uprisings which occured in 1987–1993 and 2000–2005

Intifada

2.Name of the mosque built on the Temple Mount around 700 A.D.

Al Aqsa

Are you kidding me? Is defending the home and the souls violent uprisings? You are supporting the ideas of the terrorist zionist move, zionism which you call "israel" made war crimes and genocides starting from early 1920s until Gaza May 2022, they stole lands and homes of the Palestinians at least if you don't want to be in the right side stay away from making questions that supports zionism.

3.Also the Palestine have 4 borders Jordan, Egypt, Syria and Lebanon

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Level 83
Dec 15, 2022
Violence is violence.

The borders of "Palestine" are extremely ill-defined. But it's difficult to find any maps where something called the "Palestinian Territories" - usually defined as the "West Bank" and "Gaza" - touches Syria or Lebanon. If you are using a source that features such a map, I hope you are aware of that source's novelty.

You seem very passionate about this subject and I hope that this passion will translate into you reading more about it. This quiz doesn't support any nationalist movement nor does it imply that doing so would be good or bad. QM even changed the wording of that first question when the quiz was featured to make it more neutral.

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Level 83
Dec 16, 2022
Oh I see what you did there for #3... you're saying that there is no Israel, and that this imaginary country Palestine encompasses the entirety of the Palestinian territories as well as all of Israel. Yeah... that's not deluded at all. Not that I haven't heard this before.
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Level 55
Jan 31, 2023
Kalbahamut, maybe this quiz wasn't the best idea because of, y'know, politics?
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2023
Then also every Quiz about Israel wasn't a good idea, because y'know polizics
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Level 42
Feb 1, 2023
*politics
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Level 54
Feb 28, 2023
polizics*
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Level 49
Mar 8, 2023
It's a very civil comment section considering it's on the internet. Polite conversations about politics are often beneficial.
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Level 47
Apr 9, 2023
I was too busy looking at comments that I forgot I took the quiz and the timer ended... lol
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Level 68
May 24, 2023
Palestinian territory quiz
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Level 48
May 28, 2023
Awesome! This was my last quiz to receive the Country Trivia badge!