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)

Tuesday 21 August 2012

Of Maps & Suckers & Warblers

This map, somebody on Facebook writes, is of venerable vintage:

'On July 25th ... owner of Saffron restaurant who happens to be Palestinian posted this world map from the early 1700, showing the state of Palestine. His caption was “We need more world maps that are correct, such as this one!” ...'

"The early 1700[s]"?  Guffaw. Hardly.

 One dead giveaway (apart from that perfect cartography and modern printing, duh!) is the presence of Jordan, like Palestine a province of the Ottoman Empire in 1700 and no more a "state" than were Lilliput or Brobdingnag.  Jordan wasn't created until 1922. Then there's Iran (as reader Rob points out) and Iraq.

All that, however, hasn't deterred a Facebook group of the organisation Australians For Palestine from publicising the map and its accompanying plea:
'If you love Palestine please use this world map as a profile picture or at least post and share it with your friends …'
What suckers! You really would think they'd know better.

But thus is demonisation of the Zionist Entity spawned and spread.

Which reminds me of The Three Little Birds, and their prettily warbled naive and nasty song, "Apartheid":

Says one of the Canadian trio, Angela Schleihauf:
"We do not use the term 'apartheid' lightly.  According to the definition of apartheid under international law, the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, and the Human Sciences Research Council of South Africa Report, Israel is undoubtedly operating as an apartheid state."
Ah, ignorance!  Ah, gullibility! What lies against Israel are uttered (and sung) in your name.


  1. Iran was known as Persia until 1935.

  2. that Canadian trio has no talent at all
    like most of the pro palestinian artists

    ignorance fuels hatred, i am sure they would easily find a job at the UNRWA in Gaza

    1. Yes, so much ignorance abounds - especially of history.

  3. Saudi Arabia - was it called that in the "early 1700s"?
    The map probably has Sri Lanka, Eire and Milton Keynes on it too.

    These guys should at least watch Lawrence of Arabia for some background history (or just for entertainment, it's a cracking film).

  4. There was no UAE then, no Bahrain, no Qatar and no doubt many more countries 'invented' by Britain

    To answer the above question Saudi Arabia came into being in 1932

  5. Palestine is the only word on that map (globe?) using lower case letters. It's a bit odd.

    1. Thanks, Violet. The work of a typewriter, maybe?

  6. Just came upon this post today. I'm quite impressed by how many clues there can be in one tiny image that give the lie to the idea that this is a map from the 1700's. The names (Saudi Arabia, Italy, etc. etc.), the style & printing (machine-made, not engraved) the existence of longitude & latitude lines, the suggestion of a shipping lane through the Red Sea to the Med by way of the Suez Canal—a century before it was dug in 1869.

    Judging by the orientation of the lines of longitude & latitude and by the way the light reflects at the top of the image, this isn't actually a picture of a map at all, in the usual sense, but a of a schoolroom globe. In fact you can see where the paper leaves pasted onto the underlying sphere join, not quite exactly, shaving off the right margin of the Alexandria dot and erasing a section of the road from Baghdad to the Bosphorus.

    Incidentally, this map—or globe—has two Caspian Seas, having misnamed the Black Sea. As someone once said: "We need more maps that are correct, such as this one!"

    1. thanks for your comment, Paul. incredible that they fell for it!


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