WHY JOR­DAN VAL­LEY IS SO IM­POR­TANT

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Oc­cu­pied land

Fu­ture state: The Jor­dan Val­ley makes up the eastern edge of the oc­cu­pied West Bank, which Pales­tini­ans

en­vi­sion as the foun­da­tion of their fu­ture state. It runs

some 300km from the Sea of Galilee in the north along the Jor­dan River down to the Dead Sea on the Is­raelJor­dan fron­tier. The re­gion makes 33 per cent up about of the West Bank, in the which 1967 war. Is­rael oc­cu­pied 1 30 colonies: Is­rael es­tab­lished around 30 colonies in the Jor­dan Val­ley, which is now home to some 65,000 Pales­tini­ans

and 11,000 colonists 2 Colonies are il­le­gal:

The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity and Pales­tini­ans over­whelm­ingly con­sid­ers all Is­raeli colonies in the West Bank and east Jerusalem il­le­gal. 3 Fruitful land: As the low­est place on earth,

it has a unique cli­mate that can pro­duce fruits and veg­eta­bles year-round. 4 Tourism: Ac­cess to the Dead Sea and its min­eral-rich waters

also of­fers tourism and other com­mer­cial benefits.

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