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Encyclopedia > Beit Jala
Beit Jala
Arabic بيت جالا
Government City
Governorate Bethlehem
Population 16,689 (2006)
Jurisdiction 12,911 dunams (13.0 km²)
Head of Municipality Raji George Jadallah Zeidan

Beit Jala (Arabic: بيت جالا , possibly from Aramaic 'grass carpet') is a small city in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank. It is located about 10 km south of Jerusalem, on the western side of the Hebron road, opposite Bethlehem, at about 825m altitude. According to 1997 statistics compiled by the Palestinian National Information Centre, Beit Jala has 12,239 inhabitants, predominantly Christian with a Muslim minority, while a far greater number of mainly Christian persons descended from former inhabitants of Beit Jala live abroad, especially those from South and Central America. Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... This is a list of cities in on the territory of the Palestinian National Authority (yet not necessarily under its jurisdiction). ... Map showing governorates and areas of formal Palestinian control (green) After the signing of the Oslo Accords, the Palestinian territories were divided into three areas and 16 governorates under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian National Authority. ... The Bethlehem Governorate is one of a number of Governorates of the West Bank and Gaza Strip within the Palestinian Territories, It covers an area of the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, the area around the City of Bethlehem. ... A dunam or dönüm, dunum, donum is a unit of area. ... Arabic ( or just ) is the largest living member of the Semitic language family in terms of speakers. ... Image File history File links ArBeitJala. ... Aramaic is a Semitic language with a four-thousand year history. ... The Bethlehem Governorate is one of a number of Governorates of the West Bank and Gaza Strip within the Palestinian Territories, It covers an area of the West Bank, south of Jerusalem, the area around the City of Bethlehem. ... For other uses, see Jerusalem (disambiguation). ... Hebron (Arabic:   al-ḪalÄ«l or al KhalÄ«l; Hebrew:  , Standard Hebrew: Ḥevron, Tiberian Hebrew: Ḥeḇrôn) is a city in the southern Judea region of the West Bank. ... Central Bethlehem Bethlehem (Arabic بيت لحم   house of meat; Standard Hebrew בית לחם house of bread, Bet léḥem / Bet láḥem; Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ léḥem / Bêṯ lāḥem; Greek: Βηθλεέμ) is a city in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism... Altitude is the elevation of an object from a known level or datum. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... For other uses, see Central America (disambiguation). ...


Beit Jala, like Bethlehem, is home to educational facilities from different religious denominations, including a Russian Orthodox school founded in 1870. The Latin Patriarchate Seminary, responsible for the liturgical education in the Jerusalem Patriarchate, moved to Beit Jala in 1936. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and Palestine runs Talitha Kumi School, which has close links to German Lutherans. The school grounds also include an environmental education project and Palestine's only bird-ringing station. Central Bethlehem Bethlehem (Arabic بيت لحم   house of meat; Standard Hebrew בית לחם house of bread, Bet léḥem / Bet láḥem; Tiberian Hebrew Bêṯ léḥem / Bêṯ lāḥem; Greek: Βηθλεέμ) is a city in the Bethlehem Governorate of the West Bank under Palestinian Authority considered a central hub of Palestinian cultural and tourism... A religious denomination (also simply denomination) is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity. ... The Russian Orthodox Church (Русская Православная церковь) is that body of Christians who are united under the Patriarch of Moscow, who in turn is in communion with... 1870 (MDCCCLXX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Monday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem is the title given to the Latin Rite Roman Catholic Archbishop of Jerusalem. ... A seminary or theological college is a specialized and often live-in higher education institution for the purpose of instructing students (seminarians) in philosophy, theology, spirituality and the religious life, usually in order to prepare them to become members of the clergy. ... A liturgy is the customary public worship of a religious group, according to their particular traditions. ... 1936 (MCMXXXVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Lutheran movement is a group of denominations of Protestant Christianity by the original definition. ...


Beit Jala has a hospital and three societies for the disabled: Bethlehem Arab Society, Lifegate Rehabilitation, a German-Palestinian rehabilitation project, and House Jemima, a Dutch-founded home and daycare-center for children with mental restrictions.


3,500 acres (14 km²) of land are planted with olives, grapes and other crop. Cremisan Cellars, located in the convent of Cremisan, is an important local winemaker. However, around 50% of the total area of Beit Jala will be lost as the Israeli West Bank barrier is being built on the town's territory confiscating most of its agricultural land. An acre is the name of a unit of area in a number of different systems, including Imperial units and United States customary units. ... For the Italian political alliance see Olive Tree, and the color, olive (color). ... Species Vitis acerifolia Vitis aestivalis Vitis amurensis Vitis arizonica Vitis x bourquina Vitis californica Vitis x champinii Vitis cinerea Vitis x doaniana Vitis girdiana Vitis labrusca Vitis x labruscana Vitis monticola Vitis mustangensis Vitis x novae-angliae Vitis palmata Vitis riparia Vitis rotundifolia Vitis rupestris Vitis shuttleworthii Vitis tiliifolia Vitis... In 1883, the convent of Cremisan was founded in Palestine by Salesians on ruins of a Byzantine monastery from the 7th century. ... This article is about an abbey as a religious building. ... The barrier route as of May 2005. ...


The Beit Jala skyline is made up by six churches, of which Virgin Mary is the oldest and St. Nicholas the most important, where it is believed that Saint Nicholas spent four years of his life visiting the Holy Land (both are Orthodox Christian), and by two mosques. This article is about the Christian buildings of worship. ... Saint Nicholas (Greek: , Agios Nikolaos, victory of the people) is the common name for Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (in modern day Antalya province, Turkey), who had a reputation for secret gift-giving, but is now commonly identified with Santa Claus. ... Topics in Christianity Movements · Denominations Ecumenism · Preaching · Prayer Music · Liturgy · Calendar Symbols · Art · Criticism Important figures Apostle Paul · Church Fathers Constantine · Athanasius · Augustine Anselm · Aquinas · Palamas · Wycliffe Tyndale · Luther · Calvin · Wesley Arius · Marcion of Sinope Pope · Archbishop of Canterbury Patriarch of Constantinople Christianity Portal This box:      The Eastern Orthodox Church... A mosque is a place of worship for followers of the Islamic faith. ...


Beit Jala is famous for its olive wood artifacts. Other industries in the city are tobacco, textiles, agriculture and pharmaceuticals.


During the al-Aqsa Intifada, Beit Jala was used as a base for shooting at the settlemen of Gilo, (which was built on Palestinian confiscated land) by Tanzim militants, and was a target of heavy israeli shelling. For other uses, see al-Aqsa (disambiguation). ... Tanzim (Organization in Arabic) is a faction of the Palestinian al-Fatah movement. ...


2005 municipal election

In the 2005 municipal election, 6 seats went to the United Beit Jala list (Fatah and Palestinian People's Party), 5 seats went to Sons of the Land (PFLP and independents), one seat went to Independent Beit Jala Group and one candidate was elected as an independent. The most voted candidate was Raji George Jadallah Zeidan of United Jala with 2,892 votes, followed by Nadir Antoun Issa Abu Ashma of Sons of the Land with 1764 votes.[1] The January-May 2005 Palestinian local (municipal) election were organized by President of the Palestinian Authority Yasser Arafat before his death on November 11, 2004. ... United Beit Jala was a joint list of Fatah and the Palestinian Peoples Party for the May 2005 municipal elections in Beit Jala, the West Bank. ... Fatah (Arabic: ); a reverse acronym from the Arabic name Harakat al-Tahrir al-Watani al-Filastini (literally: Palestinian National Liberation Movement) is a major secular Palestinian political party and the largest organization in the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), a generally secular multi-party confederation. ... The Palestinian Peoples Party (PPP, in Arabic حزب الشعب الفلسطيني Hizb al-Shab al-Filastini), founded in 1982 as the Palestinian Communist Party, is a socialist political party in the Palestinian territories and among the Palestinian diaspora. ... Sons of the Land was a joint list of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and independents for the May 2005 municipal elections in Beit Jala, the West Bank. ... The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) (Arabic Al-Jabhah al-Shabiyyah Li-Tahrir Filastin الجبهة الشعبية لتحرير فلسطين) is a secular, Marxist-Leninist, nationalist Palestinian...


References

  1. ^ Municipal Election results

External links

Coordinates: 31°43′N, 35°11′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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