An Eye-Opening Trip Through Samaria

I traveled to Samaria (Shomron in Hebrew) recently. Wikipedia tells us Samaria “is a historical and biblical name used for the central region of ancient Palestine, bordered by Galilee to the north and Judaea to the south.” Most of the world simply refers to this area as the West Bank.

But think about that paragraph for a moment. This was a region in ancient Palestine that was inhabited by the Jewish people since the conquest of the Canaanites, roughly 3,000 years ago. The Palestinians sometimes make the specious claim that they are descendants of the Canaanites, but their arrival was, at the earliest, after the founding of Islam, when Arabs left the Arabian Peninsula and began conquering the surrounding lands.

The people who now refer to themselves as Palestinians are primarily from families that immigrated to Palestine in the early 20th century, many of whom came there to take advantage of the favorable conditions (e.g., a strong economy and better health care) created by the Jewish pioneers.

Anyone who refers to this area as Samaria or uses the name Judea to describe the area to the south is immediately written off as a right-wing zealot who believes that all of the land belongs to the Jewish people. But these people are only accurately describing the geography. “West Bank” denotes the area relative to the Jordan River.

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