Maps

A collection of high-quality maps of Israel-Palestine from a variety of sources.

B’Tselem

Separation Barrier and Settlements, Feb. 2008: This map shows clearly the full projected path of the segregation wall currently being constructed.

West Bank Fragmentation Map, Feb. 2008: This map characterizes one of the most serious constraints to the emergence of a Palestinian state from previous negotations: the Bantustanization of the West Bank into areas between which Israel would retain effective control.

Settlement Map, 2002: One of the most detailed, if now a bit outdated, maps available of the extensive settlements. The situation has only worsened since the publication of this map in 2002, with roughly 95,000 additional settlers (over the number in 2002) currently living in the occupied West Bank.

Hebron City Center, May 2007: About 500 of the most extreme settlers have taken over the city center of Hebron, a Palestinian town of about 170,000 people, where the settlers continually harass/attack the locals, steal their property, and ethnically cleanse them from this historical site with the aid of about 2,000 Israeli soldiers and a highly distilled form of apartheid. The spatial ramifications of this local apartheid regime are depicted in the map.

Foundation for Middle East Peace

“Generous Offer 1″: West Bank Map Proposed by Israel in May 2000:  This is the first of two maps (or projected maps) based on the negotiations at the end of the Oslo Process, before the breakout of the Second Intifada.  The Israeli chutzpah to propose so little land to the Palestinians is shocking.

“Generous Offer 2″: West Bank Map Proposed at Taba by Israel in Mar 2001: When comparing to the map from May 2000, one can see a number of significant concessions, including the proposed relinquishment of significant swathes of central West Bank land.  However, even in this map, Israel retains control over huge chunks of the West Bank, as well as the roads that connect these chunks, resulting in the fragmentation of even this truncated West Bank into various units.  Palestinians would have been forced to pass through areas of Israeli control in order to move from one fragment to another.  This map represents the cutting edge of Barak’s so-called “generous offer” to the Palestinians.

Projection of “Olmert Plan” from Oct. 2008: This map reflects a secret plan that Olmert was discussing with counterparts in the Palestinian Authority, the details of which fairly recently came to light.  It has been used by Israeli propagandists to argue that Palestinians missed another “generous offer”, although one can see that the same issues as with the Taba proposal remain (even if you cannot see the actual roads that connect the settlement blocks on this particular map).  Moreover, this map was never concretely “offered” because its unclear that Olmert or the Palestinian Authority would have had the political support to implement it.

Miscellaneous

Palestinian Perspective on Land Loss to Israel, 1946–2007: It is exceedingly difficult to get Israeli and American Jews to understand how much the Palestinians have conceded already.  We are too focused on our own “painful concessions” (aka illegal settlements) to grasp the social-psychological trauma and vast “painful concessions” the Palestinians have already provided.  This map puts this point into historical perspective.

The Destruction of Pre-Israel Palestine: Benny Morris writes: “Beside the emergence of the State of Israel, the other major result of the 1948 war was the destruction of the Palestinian society and the birth of the refugee problem. About 700,000 [Palestinian] Arabs—the figure was later to be a major point of dispute, the Israelis officially speaking of some 520,000, the Palestinian themselves of 900,000-1,000,000—fled or were ejected from the areas that became the Jewish State and resettled in the territories that became known as the West Bank and Gaza Strip, as well as Transjordan, Syria, and Lebanon, with additional small communities in Egypt, Iraq, and the states of the Arabian Peninsula.”  Israel then destroyed as much of the evidence of Palestine as it could, building new cities and/or planting forests on top of the ruins, as in Deir Yassin. This map shows where the pre-Israel Palestinian villages were located.

Israeli Controls on Palestinian Movement, Mar 2007: The interlocking system of settlements, roads, military zones, and green zones (closed to Palestinian construction) impair Palestinian movement in the West Bank.  This map from the UN Department of Public Information is one of the best for making this point.

Black Bantustans in Apartheid South Africa: This map of the bantustan system in apartheid South Africa proves a useful comparison with the system of Israeli control over the West Bank.