This series of interactive maps shows the land that has been forcibly taken from Palestinians since 1946, 2 years before Israel was created, accompanying the expulsion of upwards of 1 million indigenous Palestinians to make way for a Jewish state.
During the creation of the Israeli state in 1948, Israel dispossessed over 4 million acres of Palestinian land. In the process more than 400 Palestinians cities were completely destroyed by Israeli forces, or repopulated by Jews. Most of the cities were demolished to prevent the return of their owners; now refugees outside of Israeli, or displaced within Israel. Take a look at this Nakba map to see all of the cities that were destroyed during Israels creation.
The systematic dispossession of Palestinians is an ongoing occurrence today, as Palestinians living under occupation continue to be forcibly removed from their homes. Just yesterday reports of Palestinian villagers in a remote corner of the occupied West Bank surfaced, as they begun to brace themselves for more demolitions this week, just days after Israeli army bulldozers left more than a hundred people homeless.
These maps are part of a campaign to educate Americans about what’s really going on in Israel-Palestine, and attract attention because they graphically tell a story of dispossession.
“They point to an important reality: that as Israel has expanded in what was historic Palestine, the majority of the indigenous people of that land – the Palestinians – have either been driven off their land, or, where they remain, have no sovereignty and few rights.”
These maps are sponsored by Friends of Sabeel – North America, Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights and Jewish Voice for Peace – Portland. These groups believe that massive American support for Israeli policies of expansion is detrimental to the cause of peace and to America’s standing in the world. “Israel’s expansionist policies and occupation of Palestinian land,” said Maxine Fookson of Jewish Voice for Peace, “is supported by virtually no country in the world except the U.S. It is our hope that these ads will promote informed dialogue and challenge American policy makers to replace their blind support for Israel with a commitment to justice and equality for all peoples of the region.”