The following series of maps were included to counter
anti-Israel propaganda that used maps as well. Those
maps were posted at Metronorth Stations and start with a map labeled Palestine which is gradually replaced more
and more by Israel. One of the problems of these maps is they give the impression that a state of Palestine existed
when it did not, and that the inhabitants were displaced to give way to a state of Israel. The maps do not show that
many of the original inhabitants of the region still live there and those Arabs living In Israel (outside of Judea and Samaria)
are citizens. Here are a set of maps that give a different perspective.
The first map shows Israel in Biblical Times. Notice how
it was on both sides of the Jordan River. Currently the
Eastern part of Israel is occupied by Jordan and Syria.
Since Biblical Times there have been numerous invaders of
Israel who forced most of the Jewish population into exile. During
the 1850s when the Turks controlled the area the entire land had a total population of about 250,000. That means
that the vast majority of the inhabitants of the region today are recent immigrants.
Mark Twain traveled through the region at that time and wrote:
Stirring senses… occur in this [Jezreel] valley no more. There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent — not for thirty miles
in either direction. There are two or three clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride ten miles,
hereabouts, and not see ten human beings...
Regarding the Galilee Mark Twain wrote:
These unpeopled deserts, these rusty mounds of bareness that never, never, never, do shake the glare from their harsh outlines…;
that melancholy ruin of Capernaum: this stupid village of Tiberias, slumbering under six funereal palms. … A desolation is here
that not even imagination can grace with the pomp of life and action. … We reached [Mount] Tabor safely. …
We never saw a human being on the whole route.
One of the reasons the area was so empty was that Palestinian Bedouin preyed on Palestinian Fellahin (farming peasants).
Many immigrants came seeking economic opportunity as the Jews cleared the malarial swamps, and made the desert bloom.
Ladislas Farago in his book Palestine at the Crossroads (1937) wrote:
One always finds in Palestine Arabs who have been in the country only a few weeks or a few months...Since they are themselves strangers in a strange land, they are the loudest to cry: 'Out with the Jews!...Amongst them are to be found representatives of every Arab country: Arabs from Transjordan, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, the Sudan and Iraq.
Many Muslims came to Palestine when the United Nations set up
refugee camps which provided free food and shelter.
The British in order to get Arab support promised them land and
cut out 3/4 of the Jewish National Home and
gave it to them. There are many quotes of Arabs who stated that Jordan was Palestine but this fact is
In order to It is important to put the Middle East conflict in perspective and the map below does that.