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Have a strong stomach? Track the settlements on your cell phone

Americans for Peace Now has just released a “Facts on the Ground” application that gives iPhone and iPad users real-time, digital maps of the West Bank settlements. It’s also available on the web. You can find it here.

Interviewed by Ha’aretz, APN’s estimable CEO Debra DeLee said, “One of the things that make this tool so powerful is that it democratizes data. In the past, not many were able to tour the settlements with an expert guide. With the introduction of our app, anyone can explore the West Bank with just a click of a mouse or a touch of a finger.”

APN deserves praise not only for the use of this new communications tool, but also for the powerful, sickening, saddening visceral experience it provides. Settlements are symbolized by little blue houses. In the main map, a “West Bank Overview,” they form thick, deep clusters east of the Green Line, and look very much like cancer cells that have metastasized and run amuck.

One sign of how interesting this is: it prompted me to do a blog post for the first time in weeks (and the second time in months).

14 thoughts on “Have a strong stomach? Track the settlements on your cell phone

  1. Notice how everything on the Peace Now map shows its actual footprint – Palestinians municipal areas, Areas A,B,C, etc. EXCEPT the Israeli Settlements? The Settlements alone get a great big blue pushpin graphic that makes them look soooo much bigger than they are. In fact, visually they look like they just cover practically all the West Bank instead of covering about 5% of it. Do Palestinian towns get the same treatment? No, they do not.

    Is there any way to visually compare the foot print of Arab vs. Jewish towns and municipal areas using this map? No.

    Would it be too much to ask Peace Now to produce an accurate map instead of a tendentious one?

  2. Read this from the New York Times:

    Here, someone without all the sick preconceptions we hear notes that these surveys, particular the flight over Judea/Samaria can also show how IMPORTANT the settlements are to the security of Israel which is so vulnerable.

    I find it fascinating the Dan and Sobol (from the article) compare Jewish settlement with foul diseases. Just like the Nazis considered you and me and the rest of us Jews, right Dan-a spreading disease endangering all of mankind-right? I always thought you were one of the more balanced “progressives” but I guess when it comes to Jewish settlement in Eretz Israel, all reason goes out the window with so many Jews.
    Just remember Dan, the Arabs view Tel Aviv and pre-67 Israel as a spreading disease endangering the entire Arab/Muslim world. How’s your stomach feel about that?

    Thank you again, Peace Now, for illustrating for us how powerful and successful the Jewish return to the heartland of Eretz Israel has been. Kayn Yirbu!

  3. Dear Nadine: zoom in. The footprints of each settlement are there.

    And you forget the point: all of those settlements are illegal. None should be there. The US, UK and global community does not recognize them as legal, neither should you. Comparison to Palestinian cities and villages is tangential.

  4. Kung Fu Jew,

    The footprint of each settlement should be accurately visible at all levels, not exaggerated to make propaganda. If the situation is as “stomach-turning” as claimed, describing the real situation without exaggeration should be sufficient. That Peace Now is not content to describe the actual situation strongly implies that they are in the propaganda business, not the reporting business.

    Besides, I hate to tell you, despite all the Israel-hatred pouring out of the UN, the actual status of the settlements is “disputed,” not “illegal”. The land of the West Bank has not had a recognized owner since the Brits left, and Israel took it repelling a Jordanian invasion. Even Resolution 242 speaks of new borders to be settled by negotiation. (That’s why the Arabs refused to agree to it for many years.) And let’s not even mention the undisputed status of the Turks in Northern Cyprus and the Chinese in Tibet, which unlike the West Bank, were taken in aggressive wars. Of course, those are big countries, so nobody declares their activities illegal or dares to make them a scapegoat. That is the real point of international relations, far more than the ridiculous UN mumbo-jumbo you claim to believe.

  5. The Palestinians dispute the right of the Israelis to kick them out of the pre-1967 borders, so maybe until that dispute is settled they should be allowed to move back. That way we get to be fair to both groups.

  6. Stopping in again after a long absence. Still the same old arguments going on–to the point where I can predict what someone is going to say–or alternatively, read a comment without the author’s name included–and know who it is…lol!

    That’s not a reflection on anyone here–just the stagnancy of the I/P conflict.

  7. Y. Ben-David, the settlements are illegal, the occupation that supports them is immoral, and — yes — the settlements are a foul disease. The Palestinians have even proposed that the settlers could stay in their homes in a Palestinian state, so you needn’t go into hysterics about genocide.

  8. David-the settlements are LEGAL (Judea/Samaria is “disputed territory” based on 1922 San Remo Treaty that gave the British the Mandate on Palestine on the basis of implementing the Balfour Declaration and Arab rejection of 1947 UN Partition Resolution), the occupation is LEGAL (Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338). Regarding “foul diseases” how would you like it if I referred to expanding ARAB communities that way?

  9. That’s not what the article said. It said that Dalia Rabin heard from those close to her father that he was considering – repeat, considering – stopping the Oslo accords. Of course he was considering it; I’m sure prime ministers consider lots of contingent plans. The fact remains that he never did stop the process, even after it was clear that Arafat had no intention of honoring it. Rabin continued his support for Oslo despite pressure and anger from an electorate that initially supported the process. At the time of his death a large majority of Israeli Jews preferred Netanyahu to Rabin. Rabin was a horrible, horrible prime minister.

  10. Aaron-
    I am not sure what the difference is between what I said and what you said. I had always heard this comment from Ya’alon, but now she points out that numerous other people were hearing the same thing from Rabin. Ya’alon, in his book says that Rabin intended to stop Oslo but he could only do it after the upcoming elections.

    I disagree with your assertion that “the electorate initially supported the (Oslo) process”. Since the beginning of Oslo (1993) up until Sharon’s destruction of Gush Katif, polls have always shown that about 1/3 of the population supports the positions of the Left reagarding concessions to the Arabs, about 1/3 oppose these concessions and advocate holding on to what we have, and about 1/3 AREN’T SURE. (I believe that this includes Israeli Arabs and I assume they are on the side of those who support the Leftist “pro-peace-process” position). Since the failure of Sharon’s destruction of Gush Katif, this “balance” has broken down and most Israelis do not believe that peace can be achieved and that unilateral withdrawals are dangerous.

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