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May 15, 1948 West Bank Annexed, Gaza Closed Military Zone

Arab RefugeesUpon occupying the West Bank during the 1948 war, King Abdallah of Jordan moved quickly to erase all traces of corporate Palestinian identity. On April 4, 1950, the territory was formally annexed by Jordan, its residents becoming Jordanian citizens who were increasingly integrated into the kingdom’s economic, political, and social structures.

For its part, the Egyptian government showed no desire to annex the Gaza Strip but had instead ruled the newly acquired area as an occupied military zone. This did not imply support of Palestinian nationalism, however, or foster any sort of collective political awareness among the Palestinians.  The local population was kept under tight control, was denied Egyptian citizenship, and was subjected to severe restrictions on travel.

Source:   48, p. 43.

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