Hebron City, West Bank. Editorial credit: nayef hammouri / Shutterstock.com

West Bank*

The West Bank is under Israeli military occupation, which entails onerous physical barriers and constraints on movement, demolition of homes and other physical infrastructure, restrictions on political and civil liberties, and expanding Jewish settlements. Jewish settlers in the West Bank are Israeli citizens and enjoy the same rights and liberties as other Israelis. The West Bank’s Palestinian residents, excluding those living in East Jerusalem, fall under the partial jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority (PA), which is operating with an expired presidential mandate and has no functioning legislature. The PA governs in an authoritarian manner, engaging in acts of repression against journalists and human rights activists who present critical views on its rule. While a small number of East Jerusalem Palestinians have Israeli citizenship, most have a special residency status that provides them with a restricted set of rights compared with those of Israeli citizens.

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Freedom in the World — West Bank Territory Report

The West Bank is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World, Freedom House's annual study of political rights and civil liberties worldwide. 

News & Perspectives on West Bank

* Indicates a territory as opposed to an independent country.