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Daily Mail legitimises four Palestinian maps that lie


There never was, at any time in history, a sovereign Palestinian state, within any borders. This is not an Israeli talking point, but an indisputable fact. That of course hasn’t stopped Palestinian leaders, pro-Palestinian activists and, at times, even mainstream media outlets, from trotting out an often used propaganda map suggesting otherwise.

An article in the Daily Mail (Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas cuts all ties with Israel and the US over Donald Trump’s latest peace plan, Feb. 1st) includes a photo and caption which serves to legitimize this map:

Mahmoud Abbas’s map is a lie, as it suggests that the entire land, from the river to the sea (depicted on the first map), is, or was at some point, theirs, and that any proposal which involves a Jewish state within this territory, is, by definition, a Palestinian territorial compromise.  It further falsely implies that the current US peace plan (represented by the fourth map) would grant them territory equal to 15% of “their” land.  Palestinians who use this map are attempting to convince people that Jews have been gobbling up more and more “Palestinian land” by creating a false history in which Israel had supplanted a pre-existing Palestinian state.

However, the first map simply shows British Mandatory Palestine (minus Transjordan): that is, land controlled by the British from 1920-48, which previously was controlled by the Ottoman Turkish Empire. In fact, none of pre-1948 “Palestine” was ever under the political authority or Palestinians/Arabs.

The second map represents the 1947 UN Partition Plan, suggesting the borders of independent Arab (Palestinian) and Jewish states. Arab/Palestinian leadership rejected the plan, whilst the Jewish leadership accepted it.  When Israel declared independence in May, 1948, these were the borders that were going to represent their state.  However, Arabs, who opposed any independent Jewish state, launched a war of annihilation, which they lost and resulted in armistice lines that gave Israel more territory, depicted in the third map.

The third map represents the boundaries from 1949 until 1967, with the West Bank and east Jerusalem controlled by Jordan and Gaza controlled by Egypt. Neither country, during that time, created a Palestinian state in those territories. In June 1967, Arab armies again tried unsuccessfully to destroy the Jewish state.  The Arab defeat resulted in Israeli control of the West Bank, Gaza and east Jerusalem. (Israel withdrew its military from large areas of the West Bank in the 90s, and completely withdrew from Gaza in 2005).

The fourth map is supposed to represent the current US peace offer, but even that represents a lie, as it omits the access roads connecting what would be Palestinian territory, as well as parts of southern Israel that would become part of Palestine. 

Here’s the actual conceptual map of ‘Palestine’ presented by the US administration.

Let’s also remember that Palestinian have turned down multiple Israeli peace offers which would have created a Palestinian state – for the first time in history – that included 100% of Gaza, over 90% of the West Bank, and east Jerusalem as their capital.

Finally, it’s important to note that CAMERA prompted an on-air correction at NBC an earlier version of this Palestinian propaganda map.

By presenting the map held by Abbas in the photo, with the caption “maps of historical Palestine”, the Daily Mail is promoting Palestinian propaganda, and legitimising an outrageous historical lie.

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      • The Palis are pathological liars. I guess they have to be, since their very existence was invented by the Soviets.
        Anyway, the historical truth is they never lost what the never had…land.
        Only the Jews lost their homeland…not the invaders….at least in truth & history.
        It’s time this map below was made as available as the phony map the haters use:

  1. Seems to me that the 4th map isn’t of Trump’s plan, but the area of the present PA. Trump’s plan gives them much more as you can see in the separate map.

  2. You would think, even if you thought those “maps” re represented reality, that looking at them you might conclude, if you were Abbas or Erekat etc., that there was something amiss with your negotiating – or non-negotiating – strategy.

    But they never do.

  3. It’s as if there hadn’t been 1,947 years of “Palestine” before Israel’s creation. I wonder what those maps looked like? Maybe they included such land masses as all of Jordan, all of Lebanon, and some of Syria and Iraq? It’s a wacky world where anything is possible.

  4. No such people as Ps all Arabs
    And P…… E throw back to British Mandate.
    Its all Erezt Israel from the Nile to the Euphrates Genesis 15v18
    Shalom
    Watchman Wilson

    Any Antiisraelism in the media will be judged by the JUDGE..
    GENESIS 12V1-3
    “I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU AND CURSE HIM WHO CURSES YOU”

  5. The PA is so inept that they simply recaptioned the original “map that lues” to change the title from “2005” to “Trump’s Projected Plan”. Since this exercise in Palestinian propaganda was no doubt created before the US’s conceptual map was released, they didn’t know what it looked like and simply left last map unchanged.

    One might ask why, if the last map references Trump, the first map didn’t reference the League of Nations and the second isn’t called “UN’s Projected Plan” – but we know the answer.

  6. The PA is so inept that they simply recaptioned the original “map that lues” to change the title from “2005” to “Trump’s Projected Plan”. Since this exercise in Palestinian propaganda was no doubt created before the US’s conceptual map was released, they didn’t know what it looked like and simply left last map unchanged.

    One might ask why, if the last map references Trump, the first map didn’t reference the League of Nations and the second isn’t called “UN’s Projected Plan” – but we know the answer.

  7. That map is multiple lies in one. I’m a Lebanese Palestinian who cares the souls of both Arabs and Hebrews. Here’s the truth:

  8. That map is multiple lies in one. I’m a Lebanese Palestinian who cares for the souls of both Arabs and Hebrews and here’s the truth: