What do the names Judea and Samaria refer to?
Unfortunately, there are some historical facts that have been downplayed and concealed from the world for so long and it is always worthwhile devoting a little time and effort to expose the truth. Zionists and their supporters have used history as a weapon and eyewash stating that Jews are indigenous people of Judea and Samaria, that this was the region given to them thousands of years ago by the “Divine”, only to entitle themselves to the land. They further claim that the name Palestine was given to the region after Arabs came here which has been proved wrong as this was always “the land of Philistines”.
Jews zealously assert that Palestine was given to them by the God and they did not snatch it, they have only come back to the land which was rightfully theirs. As far as the roots of these names concern, Samaria is the Biblical name for the area now known as northern West Bank, while Judea is the Biblical name for the Southern region whose capital is Palestine. In keeping with this, both Judea and Samaria refer to the territory which is now known as West Bank.
These ancient titles are purposely taken up by the Zionists to justify their claim on the West Bank on religious grounds. History reveals that these two territories were once a united kingdom under the rule of kings David and Solomon which later split into two separate kingdoms who were often at war with each other. Judea, which was also known as the Kingdom of Judah, was a monarchy which included the tribes of Judah and Benjamin alone over which the House of David enjoyed a continued primacy until the fall of Jerusalem. After its fall, the southern kingdom of Judea continued being ruled by the kings of Judah while northern Samaria went under the rule of the Israeli kings.
The name “West Bank” was given to the region after the war of independence in 1948 by Jordan when Arab armies took over these areas. This is the area which is spread on the west of the Jordan River and east of Jerusalem, covering a land space of about 5,900 square kilometers. Its most populated areas include Jericho, Bethlehem, Hebron and Nablus.