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West Bank
as in:  of the Jordan River


I was on the west bank.
Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  a disputed area between Israel and Jordan on the west bank of the Jordan river that includes East Jerusalem and is  populated largely by Palestinians
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Strongly Associated with:   Gaza Strip, Golan Heights
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To the west, north, and south the West Bank shares borders with the mainland Israel. To the east, across the Jordan River, lies the country of Jordan. The West Bank also contains a significant coast line along the western bank of the Dead Sea. Since 1967 most of the West Bank has been under Israeli military occupation.

Prior to the First World War, the area now known as the West Bank was under Ottoman rule as part of the province of Syria. In the 1920 San Remo conference, the victorious Allied powers allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. The 1948 Arab-Israeli War saw the establishment of Israel in parts of the former Mandate, while the West Bank was captured and annexed by Jordan, who destroyed any existing Jewish villages. The 1949 Armistice Agreements defined its interim boundary. From 1948 until 1967, the area was under Jordanian rule, and Jordan did not officially relinquish its claim to the area until 1988. Jordan’s claim was never recognized by the international community. The West Bank was captured by Israel [1][2] during the Six-Day War. With the exception of East Jerusalem, the West Bank was not annexed by Israel. Most of the residents are Arabs, although a large number of Israeli settlements have been built in the region since 1967.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Bank (retrieved 8/28/08)
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  • I was on the west bank.
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • With a flurry of warnings and arm movements, Kathy herded the girls and their gear into the minivan and headed across the Mississippi to the West Bank.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • TERRY AHWAL was born in the West Bank city of Ramallah, and now lives with her family near Detroit.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Two days later, halfway there, he arrived in heavy rain at the beaver ponds that blocked access to the west bank of the Teklanika River.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild

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  • He found that he was lying, well wrapped, under tall grey-skinned trees in a quiet corner of the woodlands on the west bank of the Great River, Anduin.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Fellowship of the Ring
  • Two others were found in an alley on the west bank of the city, on the surface unrelated murders, except for the fourth victim.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The west bank of the Red Fork is higher than the east, my lady, and well wooded.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • At length Jett traveled two days southward and then crossed the stream to its west bank.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • The setting sun gilded the terraces on the east bank but cast the west bank into dark blue shadow.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • The exodus was soon under way, the army crossing the narrow bridge at King’s Bridge and heading north along the west bank of the little Bronx River.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776

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  • "When Lord Tywin gets word that we’ve come south, he’ll march north to engage our main host, leaving our riders free to hurry down the west bank to Riverrun."
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • They would travel thePost Road west across Massachusetts as far as Springfield on the Connecticut River, there cross by ferry and swing south along the west bank, down the valley into Connecticut.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • From the far end of the Long Bridge, it was only a short walk through the teeming waterfront districts of the west bank, down torchlit streets crowded with sailors, slaves, and drunken merrymakers.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Most of the column was out of the foothills now, oozing down along the west bank of the Milkwater like honey on a cold winter’s morning, following the course of the river into the heart of the haunted forest.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • CHAPTER 41 ’To the very last moment, till the full day came upon them with a spring, the fires on the west bank blazed bright and clear; and then Brown saw in a knot of coloured figures motionless between the advanced houses a man in European clothes, in a helmet, all white.
    Joseph Conrad  --  Lord Jim
  • A client on the West Bank wanted a bathroom repainted.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • In this context, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank seems to her to be absolutely immoral.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Zeitoun headed to the West Bank to get a look at the tangerine bathroom.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • She therefore joined an organization called Machsom Watch, whose volunteer women drive to military checkpoints in the West Bank daily.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • Moral or not, the Israeli occupation of the West Bank is a fact of life, as is the threat of terrorism.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • More torches were moving on the dark stone bridge that joined the Twins, a column of them streaming from the west bank to the east.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • Ten miles up and down the river, on the west bank, had been covered by some one of Hudnall’s outfit.
    Zane Grey  --  The Thundering Herd
  • Once over the Passaic, they pushed on another twenty miles down the west bank of the river to the little port town of Newark.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • In the end the Mountain and a handful of his best had gained the west bank, but Edmure had thrown his reserve at them, and they had shattered and reeled away bloody and beaten.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • "It being impossible to oppose them with our present force with the least possible prospect of success," he informed Congress, "we shall retreat to the west bank of the Delaware."
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • When they returned from Hunt, they stayed for two days on Adnan’s floor in Baton Rouge, then moved into the studio apartment of their rental unit on Tita Street, on New Orleans’ West Bank.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
  • To the American officers and troops deployed along the west bank of the Delaware, and all whose hopes were riding on them, the loss of Lee seemed the worst possible news at the worst possible moment.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The double column wound its way through the gate of the eastern twin like a great steel snake, slithering across the courtyard, into the keep and over the bridge, to issue forth once more from the second castle on the west bank.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • Zeitoun bought a new van and drives through the city, through Uptown, the Garden District, the French Quarter, Lakeview, the West Bank, Broadmoor, Metairie, Gentilly, the Lower Ninth, Mirabeau Gardens—and every time he sees a home under construction, no matter who’s doing it, he smiles.
    Dave Eggers  --  Zeitoun
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