Towns Named Palestine

Palestine is a state in Western Asia that shares a long border with Israel. Containing The Gaza Strip, it is run by the Palestinian Liberation Organization and is a troubled entity. It claims the West Bank and considers East Jerusalem its capital in a future Palestinian State. Because it is so troubled, many people have left it. As a result, there are several towns in the United States named Palestine. Nevertheless, there are only 14 Palestines in the world, and many of the towns named Palestine are incredibly small.

Despite the fact that there are 14 Palestines around, my trusty atlas only lists them in 3 states. There are Palestines in Arkansas, Illinois, and Texas. The largest Palestine in this Country is in Texas. This Palestine is a stand alone town of almost 19,000 people south of Tyler. I have no knowledge as to how many of it citizens emigrated there from the country of Palestine. The Palestine in Arkansas is considerably smaller with a population of only 681 people. The Palestine in Illinois is twice as large as the one in Arkansas and near the Indiana border.

The rest of the Palestines are in decline. They are in the states of West Virginia, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, and Alabama. The West Virginia Palestine is unincorporated, named after the country called Palestine, and south of Parkersburg. The Palestines in Tennessee and Ohio are on my map. The Palestine in Pennsylvania is near the town of Snow Shoe. The Palestine in North Carolina is near the city of Charlotte but is unincorporated and unmapped. The Palestine in Michigan, as near as I can tell, began as a Palestinian Jewish Colony in 1882.

I don’t know what happened in the other Palestine in America but it’s in Connecticut. The Illinois Palestine is clearly mapped, and I do know that the country of Lebanon is north of Palestine and that there are 4 towns called Lebanon in the United States. The largest town named Lebanon is in Indiana and there are smaller Lebanons with fairly large populations in Illinois and Kentucky. Lebanon Junction is also in the state of Kentucky, so there are 2 Lebanons in this state.

Hank

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