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Maps of "Palestine"

The Palestinians seem to be in love with the map of ... "Palestine". The shape of "Palestine" seems to be for the Palestinians what the Union Jack is to the British, the Rising Sun to the Japanese, the Star of David to the Israelis, the Five Rings to the Olympics, the Elephant to the G.O.P, The Fleur de Lys to the French and the Maple Leaf to the Canadians. It's prominently displayed as a symbol by political, religious, social and academic organizations. The funny thing is, that this map of "Palestine" includes all of Israel. Take a look at these maps, gleaned from various websites.

Look at these maps. Then go read this recent public opinion poll taken in the West Bank and Gaza, which says that the majority of Palestinians want to eliminate Israel and this poll which says that a majority of Palestinians would reject a peace treaty with Israel unless it included a right of return. Then come back and look at these maps again. What might this tell us about the Palestinians' true aspirations regarding co-existence with Israel?

Official Agencies of the Palestinian Authority

Ministry of Parliamentary
Affairs
 
Ministry of Industry
Central Bureau of Statistics
 

Resistance Movements

Al Fatah Al Fatah Student Youth Movement

Universities and Academic Organizations

Bir Zeit University Arab American University, Jenin
Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs

Elementary School Textbooks

This map, from the textbook called "Our Arabic Language for Fifth Grade", accompanies a lesson entitled "Palestine Our Homeland". "Palestine" encompasses all of the State of Israel and specifies numerous Israeli cities: Safed, Acre, Haifa, Tiberias, Nazareth, Bait Shean, Jaffa, Jerusalem and Beer-Sheba.

Source: Center for Monitoring of the Impact of Peace (CMIP)

More examples of maps from CMIP: Palestinian Textbooks and Syrian Textbooks

Last update July 3, 2002

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