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Palestinian Maps Omitting Israel


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Maps distributed by the Palestinian Authority are an important and tangible method of instilling fundamentally negative messages related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. These messages include ignoring Israel's existence, denying the Jewish biblical bond to the Holy Land, fulfilling the obligation of the “right of return,” continuing armed struggle for the liberation of Palestine and perpetuating hatred of the State of Israel.

Significant changes in the maps of “Palestine” would be an important indicator of a real willingness by the Palestinians to recognize Israel's right to exist as a Jewish state and arrive at a negotiated settlement based on the two-state solution. Until such time as the PA changes the message it delivers through official maps, any Palestinian leader insisting he is ready for peace with Israel must be taken with a grain of salt.

- No Green Line, No Israel
- Green Line, Still No Israel
- Palestinian Flag Maps
- The Refugees

No Green Line, No Israel

Below are examples of maps depicting “Palestine” as a single entity without marking the “green line,” as well as examples omitting Israel and referring to “Palestine” as a single entity in Palestinian textbooks. which were circulated by various bodies.

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“Al-Tarbiyah al-Wataniyyah” (“National Education”)-   3rd grade,  page 49, academic year 2002-2003


“The Geography of Palestine”-
7th grade, academic year 2001-2002


Instilling political messages through art: an embroidered map of “Palestine” found during Operation Defensive Shield

Map circulated by Hamas. Data regarding the Palestinian diaspora and the refugee camps current for 2000 appears on the right.

Green Line, Still No Israel

The following maps of “Palestine” are unusual because the “green line” is marked, but there is no mention of Israel's name.

The cities appearing in the area west of the “green line” omit Jewish-Israeli cities such as Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan, Rishon Le'Zion, Natanya, Hadera, Holon, Bat Yam, and Eilat. The cities mentioned in Israeli territory west of the “green line” are those that up until 1948 were distinctly Arab-Palestinian (namely Acre, Nazareth, Beit She'an, Lod, Ramla, Jaffa, Beersheba) or cities that have a mixed Jewish-Arabic population. Especially notable is the fact that Tel Aviv is not mentioned at all and Jaffa is referenced instead. These are common characteristics of maps disseminated throughout the PA areas.


The map appears on page 4 of a book published by
the PA Central Bureau of Statistics , Ramallah, June 2001


“Al-Tarbiyah Al-Wataniyyah” (“Natioal Education”) 3rd-grade textbook,
2002-2003 academic year, page 3.

The Palestinian Flag

The messages regarding the right of the Palestinian people to all of “Palestine” are disseminated through icons. To demonstrate the message of “Palestine” as a single Palestinian entity extending from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean sea, miniature maps of Palestine adorned with the colors of the Palestinian flag or bound by it, are circulated throughout the PA areas and beyond.

Following are some examples.


A map of “Palestine” integrated into the Palestinian flag appearing on a plaque awarded to the student Raba Al-Masri from A-Najah University in Nablus by the “Islamic Bloc.” The plaque was awarded on the occasion of graduation from the department of journalism in the faculty of Humanities.


The flag of “Palestine” next to a rifle emerging from the word “Hamas” Source: Hamas magazine “ Filisteen Almuslima ” (currently printed in Lebanon and circulated from the U.K.), December 1993 issue. The map was attached to the above magazine to mark the entry to the seventh anniversary of both the first Intifada and the establishment of the Hamas.

The Refugees

Maps of “Palestine” that include names of Arab villages abandoned during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, data concerning Palestinian refugees in the “diaspora,” and the administrative division of Palestine during the British mandate period, play a tangible role in inculcating the value of the “right of return” of Palestinian refugees, and in intensifying hatred towards Israel. These maps are published by the PA, the Hamas Movement, academic institutions, and entities and associations operating in the PA areas. Messages instilling the “right of return” are also incorporated into the curriculum of the PA education system.


The map was published by Bir Zeit University - “Palestinian Society Studies and Documentation Center” in cooperation with the PA “Ministry of Planning and  International Cooperation”, 1999; second and revised edition; scale: 1:300,000


A second edition of a map distributed by the “Arab Studies Society” in Jerusalem, an association belonging to the “Orient House” (the second edition was issued in 1990; the first in 1988).


Sources: Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center at the Center for Special Studies (C.S.S)

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