The ISO 3166 Maintenance Agency ,
following the lead of the United Nations Statistics Division, issued a new country code for Palestine on 1999-10-01. It used the code
PS, which had already been reserved for a possible future Palestinian state. The name associated with the code at that time
was "Palestinian Territory, Occupied"; in French, "Territoire palestinien occupé". The announcement came in update V-2 to International
standard ISO 3166-1. ISO 3166-2 Newsletter Number I-3, published on 2002-08-20, brought the two standards documents (3166-1 and 3166-2)
into conformity with one another. It didn't report any subdivisions. Now, ISO 3166-1 Newsletter VI-14, dated 2013-02-06, changes the
formal name to "Palestine, State of," or in French, "Palestine, État de."
The GENC standard treats Palestine as two countries, Gaza and West Bank.
|GEC code||GZ, WE|
|Time zone||+2 ~|
The Gaza Strip and the West Bank are listed under Palestine in this work, merely because the international standard has issued a code for "Occupied Palestinian Territory". No inference should be drawn about the actual or rightful status of these territories.
The status of this area is currently in flux. The government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority both exercise control, to varying extents, over various parts of the territories.
Palestine is divided into two districts.
|West Bank||2,345,107||1,873,476||5,879||2,270||Ariha (Jericho)|
See the Governorates of Palestine page.
Gaza and the West Bank are two discontiguous blocks of land. Gaza is a narrow strip along the Mediterranean Sea; West Bank lies immediately to the west of the Jordan River.
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