Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Saturday 25 June 2011

The Lie of the Land

Recognise these four maps?

I'm sure you do, for they're all but ubiquitous - they have found their way into the handouts of anti-Israel organisations, decorate many Israel-delegitimising websites, and take pride of place on the stall the local Palestine Solidarity Campaign - a veritable witches' coven if ever there was one - sets up in my town on a regular basis, to demonstrate to passersby, many of whom are university students, just how much "Palestinian" land those big bad Zionists have grabbed over the decades.

Not long ago, the redoubtable Elder of Ziyon, in a characteristically masterly and devastating analysis  showed  how mendacious those maps are, and substituted these accurate maps instead, which illustrate the concessions for peace that Israel has made since 1967:

And now, over at the ever-admirable CiF Watch, the always brilliant Israeli Nurse, setting herself the task of tracking the provenance of the four mendacious maps, has with Holmesian detective skills uncovered a trail that leads to a senior cleric within the Anglican Church.

Her piece is not to be missed!


  1. Daphne

    The 'celebrated' artist Richard Hamilton used something very similar to these maps as the centrepiece of his exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery. I did an expose of this here:

    And as a result I produced my own alternative here:

  2. Thanks, Edgar.
    Great stuff - I forgot about your maps but that is actually how I discovered your blog, googling maps.

    Let's repeat the link:

  3. G'day, to my two favourite bloggers, though I have only recently discovered 'Edgar', thanks to 'Daphne'

  4. And g'day to my source extraordinaire! You're so often my "eyes and ears"!

  5. You might be interested in this debate over those maps?

  6. An excellent deconstruction of a very widely-used piece of propaganda. And as Edgar Davidson's map reminds us, there is already an independent Palestinian state on land making up 3/4 of the original Palestine mandate territory, land which has never been occupied or claimed by Israel.

    It's not a map, but I've discussed some of the same issues.

  7. Thank you, Infidel - worth looking at:


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