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This map is a modification, suggested as a replacement for, or in addition to, the one uploaded by ChrisO at

which is used in the Wikipedia article "Palestine," under the History subheading Current Status.

My modification shows "facts on the ground" which are essential to any understanding of the situation in Palestine today. The geographic facts are not in dispute. They have been widely published in print and on the internet.

Both my map and the ChrisO map are modifications of a 2004 United Nations map of Israel:

(public domain) in which the three Occupied Territories, the West Bank, Gaza, and Golon, are given the same brown colour as Israel's neighboring countries: Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. ChrisO colors the West Bank, Gaza, and Golon light green and renames the map "Israel and the Occupied Territories." However Golon is Syrian, not Palestinian. For an article on Palestine, attention should be on the West Bank and Gaza.

My modification crops out Golon and the Negev desert to focus in on the West Bank and Gaza. It also incorporates information from several published sources to show the land and resources actually available to Palestinian people in these two territories, the West Bank in particular.

The main source of information on barriers and land distribution comes from a map by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

supplemented by two more United Nations maps:

Two Israeli organizations have published similar maps:

And finally, the Washington Post published all this information on a full-page newspaper map here.

Each of these maps is much too detailed to illustrate a Wikipedia article. My modification simplifies the information for use on a map similar in scale to the other maps in the article on Palestine.

A similar map without the Israeli settlements is posted here

The word Palestine has been removed from the title of this map to satisfy criticism that the former title implied a Palestinian sovereignty over the West Bank and Gaza.



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