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
Universities and Academic Organizations
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.
for Monitoring of the Impact of Peace (CMIP)
More examples of maps from CMIP: Palestinian
Textbooks and Syrian
Last update July 3, 2002