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Visualizing Occupation: Freedom of movement

Whereas West Bank settlers can travel freely between Israel and the West Bank, Palestinian movement is governed by the Israeli security establishment. This illustration is the fourth in a series of graphics on the effect of the occupation on the Palestinian civilian population. For more striking infographics click here.

By Michal Vexler

 >For the entire Visualizing Occupation series click here

Source:
Machsom Watch: Invisible prisoners

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Michal Vexler is a designer and an activist. This work – a part of a series of infographics regarding the effect of the occupation on the Palestinian civilian population – is presented here with her permission.

 >For the entire Visualizing Occupation series click here

Previous posts in this series:
Visualizing Occupation: Palestinian Prisoners’ Day – the numbers
Visualizing Occupation: Ethnic cleansing
Visualizing Occupation: The right (or privilege) to protest?

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    1. Rehmat

      Until the new Israeli generations are taught to respect the victims of Israeli occupation – nothing will ever change on the both sides of the conflict.

      “The early textbooks tended to describe acts of Arabs as hostile, deviant, cruel, immoral, unfair, with the intention to hurt Jews and to annihilate the State of Israel. Within this frame of reference, Arabs were delegitimized by the use of such labels as ‘robbers,’ ‘bloodthirsty,’ and ‘killers,’” said Professor Bar-Tal, adding that there has been little positive revision in the curriculum over the years.

      http://rehmat1.com/2012/02/01/israel-un-textbooks-teaches-jew-hatred/

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    2. And here is the solution to the Problem, From the words of the Palestinians i met this Saturday in Hebron; The Palestinian Authority is the Problem, they have continued the conflict and have made every area of life for the Palestinians worse because of their agenda towards Israel. If there was no PA, and Israel administered the West Bank (Known only as Judea and Samaria in Israel actually) then just like before there was a PA, the Palestinians will have freedom of movement and work. the Problem is the Authority, and any group that claims to stand for Palestinian rights and does not know this is not helping anything. The Palestinian Authority has got to go. Dont believe me? Just ask any Palestinian. and you will see.

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    3. aristeides

      Matityahu – more simplemindedness. The PA is indeed a problem, because of its collaborationism, but it isn’t THE problem. Only a fool would suggest that eliminating the PA would instantly eradicate all Israeli injustice towards Palestinians, bring down the wall, the roadblocks, the raids, the settlers, the confiscations, the entire apparatus of repression, which would remain firmly in place while Israeli apologists cast about for a new excuse for it.

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    4. adam harishon

      this drawing is stupid. I live in Netanya. Before the first intifada, palestinians use to come to the seashore. After, they didn’t come anymore. The answer is VERY simple: When palestinian want to live as peaceful neighbours, they wil go on the beach as they please! By the way they are beaches in Gaza!

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      • Helena

        That kind of willful ignorance is why half the time I do not blame the Palestinians their anger at the current generation, despite your being indoctrinated at an early age not being your fault directly. You think what, after the intifada people just lost INTEREST in the beach? No, they need permission from YOUR so-called government to even step one foot over the de facto border to so much as LOOK at the beach, so hence why there are no Palestinians at “your” beach locale. And as for there being beaches in Gaza.. 1: how would you know? And 2: here’s the “beach” http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/07/sewage-gaza-beach-environment.html and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaza_beach_explosion_%282006%29 in case you forgot.

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        • Nadine

          Thank you, Helena, for taking the time to speak up and for the informative links. May God bless you and yours. Peace & Love.

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      • Stuart

        Finally I hear something that makes sense. Erase the barriers and restrictions and just watch and see the increase of the homicide bombings. The Palestinian people should be angry at the terrorists on their side of the fence that hide behind the cover of a civilian population to perpetrate violence.

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    5. Mia

      I think that the designer who made the poster meant to write in the title is “Are you an Isreali Citizen?”

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    6. Adam Harishon translated:
      Before 1988 Palestinians’ movement was not as restricted as it is today. The implication being that its their collective fault that their movement is restricted (and perhaps voluntary – “After, they didn’t come anymore”). When the Palestinians collectively perform some unspecified gesture their rights of movement will be restored. PS. Gaza is not the West Bank.

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    7. Mia wrote:
      “I think that the designer who made the poster meant to write in the title is “Are you an Isreali Citizen?””
      Why would you think that?
      In Israel the question of citizenship is directly derived from the question in the poster: “Are you Jewish?”
      Why would the designer of the poster want to confuse the issue?

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    8. Ido

      ergg… can I go to Gaza beach? Why not?

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    9. Ido, are you trying to imply that you cannot go the beach AT ALL?
      But to answer your question, you would be forbidden passage by Israeli border guards. Even journalists are forbidden by Israel to go into Gaza. Israel has blockaded Gaza, if you don’t know. That means no entry or exit. For anyone.
      Have you heard of the Marmara? It was boarded by IDF commandos 60 km outside of Israel/Gaza territorial waters for trying to reach the Gaza beach.
      So, no. You cannot go to Gaza beach.
      Why? Your government has blockaded it.

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    10. Faris

      the only Israelis who live in the West Bank are Jewish. thats why the designer said “Jewish” and not “Israeli”

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    11. Mikhael

      @Faris

      While there are probably not many non-Jewish Israeli Arab citizens who live as permanent residents inside the West Bank settlements, there are quite a few non-Jewish Arab citizens of Israel (including Druze, Muslims and Christians) who study at the Ariel University Center and live on or near campus inside Ariel. There are also quite a few mixed couples where a spouse has not converted to Judaism, most of them probably from the former Soviet Union, who live in some of the more secular-oriented settlements. So, yes, non-Jewish residents of the WB who are Israeli citizens travel from the WB settlements to Israel proper; citizens of the PA have to have special permission.

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    12. adam harishon

      to Arnon:
      1/Yes, when palestinians, collectively will accept the idea of a jewish state in the region, when they will stop being a menace to their neighbours ( from gaza or west bank), when they will abandon any idea of having 2 palestines ( by the right to return within Israel borders), then they’ll be treated as peaceful neighbours, and will be welcome on our beaches.
      2/ Why am I afraid to go and sit in a cafe in Ramalah with my kippa, when our canyon is full of palestinians happy to shop there?

      Yes, it is difficult for some palestinian to go through the check points. I wish it would have been even more difficult when the murderers arrived in Itamar!

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    13. adam harishon

      By the way, If I want to go to saudi arabia and show a passport ( french) stamped in Israel, it’s a red line all the way and back to France!
      Why should it be easier for a palestinian to come to Israel?

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      • Sarah

        Because Palestine is their right, illegally occupied by Israel thats why….

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    14. Ben

      This is not the process for visiting the Dead Sea from Jordan.

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    15. Bobby

      Offcourse this applies to all Israeli settlers, not just the west bank ones.

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    16. LD

      These graphics are so great at getting a point across – this is my favorite one so far. I’d love to see you do something about the different categories the Palestinian population has been divided into (citizen of Israel, West Bank resident, Gaza resident, Jerusalem resident, refugee) and the restrictions placed on each.

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    17. Kate

      @ADAM HARISHON
      “then they’ll be treated as peaceful neighbours, and will be welcome on our beaches” – being neighbours in their own state with the right to tell other people to stay outside their country like israel does it?

      “when our canyon is full of palestinians happy to shop there?”
      - well the ones that are allowed to enter israel of course can shop happily, but you are more then naive to say that it is easier for palestinians to come to israel then the other way around.

      “Yes, it is difficult for some palestinian to go through the check points. I wish it would have been even more difficult when the murderers arrived in Itamar!”
      - why is it still easy for israelian settlers to come/live in palestine, even though there were enough incidents of crazy settlers attacking palestinians?

      “By the way, If I want to go to saudi arabia and show a passport ( french) stamped in Israel, it’s a red line all the way and back to France!
      Why should it be easier for a palestinian to come to Israel?”
      - what has saudi arabia to do with palestine??

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    18. adam harishon

      @Kate

      “then they’ll be treated as peaceful neighbours, and will be welcome on our beaches” – being neighbours in their own state with the right to tell other people to stay outside their country like israel does it?
      You assume that Israel has no right to exists, and that only palestine should exist on this land! there is no issue but to end up in the massacre of jews! once again. U have to accept the idea of 2 separate countries.
      ————
      “when our canyon is full of palestinians happy to shop there?”
      - well the ones that are allowed to enter israel of course can shop happily, but you are more then naive to say that it is easier for palestinians to come to israel then the other way around.

      I’d be scared to shop in Ramalla’s streets with my Kippa on!, why should I be scared, and palestinians walk freely in my town?
      In fact, I’m proud that this is what happens. This show the difference beetween us and them!
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      “Yes, it is difficult for some palestinian to go through the check points. I wish it would have been even more difficult when the murderers arrived in Itamar!”
      - why is it still easy for israelian settlers to come/live in palestine, even though there were enough incidents of crazy settlers attacking palestinians?

      Show me ( apart from the baruch goldstein madness) one story that ressemble to Itamar massacre against Palestinians: teenagers who break into a house at night as kill infants? this is insane! and not a voice amongst activists of the Palestinian cause to say ” enough! you can’t keep on raising your children with this hatred!”
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      “By the way, If I want to go to saudi arabia and show a passport ( french) stamped in Israel, it’s a red line all the way and back to France!
      Why should it be easier for a palestinian to come to Israel?”
      - what has saudi arabia to do with palestine??

      Same racist and antisemite world!
      The truth is they don’t want jews here ( unless they are dhimmis!)

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    19. This is a joke…
      I wonder how many Jewish settlers feel unsafe every time they get on a bus, every time the go to church or a social gathering. Has years of relentless violence and bombings caused Israel to be protective?

      Just Like the US in Post 9-11 security measures, who closed their borders and their terminals in the airports, Israel has a fundamental right of protection against Hammas and Hezbollah!!!

      Concerned American for Israel

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    20. Shlomo Shunn

      Hmmm. Let me change a bit of what someone else wrote:

      “Before the first movies (like THE ETERNAL JEW) revealed the evils of the so-called “chosen ones,” they used to come to the seashore or do as they pleased. After, they didn’t come anymore. The answer is VERY simple: When Jews want to live as peaceful neighbours, they wil go on the beach as they please! By the way they was a river near Warsaw!”

      Funny that Israelis now use the same reasoning as the SS. That is, they always claim their victims “force” them to do what they do. And though they start every war (and then only against weaker targets!), Israelites, like Hitler’s gang, swear they are FORCED to do what they do.

      After a Jewish gunman shot a minor German official, kristollnacht happened because Jews (like Palestinians) were deemed collectively guilty. Good Germans no longer knew where the next “terrorist” would come from, so they treated each and every Jew as an existential threat to the state. No matter that one side had all the military and legal power. Who cared? Certainly not those having power.

      Sound familiar?

      Like the IDF in Gaza, the Wehrmacht also thought it a “fair fight” to use tanks against pistols during the Warsaw intifada. Then as now the world looked away. They said the two parties (one a hugely powerful state, the other a trapped, impoverished people) had to work things out between themselves.

      Again, sound familiar?

      Jews finally seem to understand what happened to them then and why and think it “okay.” Because the SS used the same excuses the IDF does.

      Of course, Deutschland claimed its soldiers were the most moral in the world, too. Ands felt it HAD to restrict the rights and lives of those it deemed dangerous (Jews then, Arabs now).

      Again, odd to see the Jewish State finally agreeing that the Reich was right to do what it did. Maybe imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery.

      Any way, modern media prevents the outright gassing of Arabs today. So Israelis do their dirty deeds on the sly. They slow-cook Arabs over many decades…doing what Germany did pre-Wannsee (restricting employment and education; stealing land and property, getting kapos and sonderkommandos to turn on their own kind; etc.). Yet does anyone doubt that if it COULD, it would use gas? A nation that will drop white phosphorous bombs on hospitals and children is capable of many evils.

      Israel is now a “blight unto the nations.” And it’s creating the very “antisemitism” it claims to hate. In the name of the Jewish State, it’s treating others like the Reich treated “juden.” You don’t think the world, seeing the travesties committed by a state claiming to represent all Jews (and embody the essence of Judaism), isn’t going to hold Jews collectively responsible?

      If Israel, for example, bombs Iran and shite hits the fan, there won’t be time to educate folks (especially folks who don’t know Israel’s true history). They will lash out blindly. Jews around the world will get blamed for skyrocketing oil prices, etc.. The IDF won’t be able to say it didn’t know the dogs of war it unleashed might turn on the tribe.

      Of course, just like 1930s Germany, Israel denies what it does and/or blames others for forcing it to. Like Aryans then, Israelis now consider one of “theirs” to be worth hundreds of “the other.” As long as the kill ration is 1 Jew for 100 Arabs, things are considered kosher.

      When civilians were bombed in Gaza, Jews ate picnics on hillsides, watching like it was a movie. SS troops did the same, laughing as Jews jumped to their deaths in fire-bombed Warsaw. They called them “parachutists.”

      Had Germany not be fighting on 2 fronts and had more time, it might have shipped Jews to Madagascar or Sudan or other places. Gassing came only after the invasion of Russia. Up to then, concentrating Jews in Gaza-like areas of Poland was deemed fine and right.

      You see similarities with Israel there, too.

      Israel was treated like a severely abused child post-WWII, protected by most of the world. Now it’s grown up to bully others…doing unto Arabs what others did to Jews.

      A once-tolerant world is getting ever angrier.

      People are starting to notice Israel’s essential hypocrisy. It forever says how “special” it is, then whines when it’s held accountable to ordinary standards of decency (and found lacking).

      Unkind questions are being asked about the unkind state. Like, “Is THIS why Jews were banned from so many countries?” And “Did the world sense that if they ever got a state of their own, Jews would do what they’re doing now: leeching off a mega-state while using state-of-the-art weapons on trapped, defenseless populations?”

      People are tiring of the Holocaust excuse, too: as if Jews are the only people to have suffered! And realizing Leon Uris’ EXODUS was a PR snow-job. And wearying of “the only democracy in the Mideast” actually being a racist, militaristic, arrogant, socialist, dependent theocracy… a good chunk of whose males don’t work a day in their lives.

      Maybe it’s time for Israel to go the way of the USSR, making the world a safer place. It’s caused nothing but trouble since its creation: spreading terror, stealing land, stealing water, stealing whatever it can. And justifying it all because, well, Jews “once” lived there.

      Right.

      Try leaving Florida for even 50 years, then returning to your former house, telling the new owners you’re entitled to their property because the “talking tree” outside said so.

      Israel should “disappear” like Burma, Ceylon, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Persia, Rhodesia, Siam. Tanganyika, Yugoslavia, Zaire, and Zanzibar. Then Jews could live wherever they want (provided they play nice!) and the world would finally have some peace and quiet.

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    21. Prometheus

      @Shlomo Shunn
      You entire piece is rather incorrect.
      I’ll analyze just one analogy to show where you fail:
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      Try leaving Florida for even 50 years, then returning to your former house, telling the new owners you’re entitled to their property because the “talking tree” outside said so.
      -
      So I’ve got a nice house in Florida, sort of inherited it. After living there for a while my entire family is been kicked out by a mafia, only one nephew stays.
      Year have passed, and after return I find that my entire house is occupied. I go to a court of justice, which rules that one half of my house should be allowed to my disposal. But new tenants are against it – they won’t let me even have one room and beat the poor nephew badly to give a lesson.
      -
      So what should I do? Or rather what YOU would do?
      -
      Well, I know what I would have done. And I know what you would have done as well. The question is whether you are going to admit it.

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    22. Prometheus

      @Shlomo
      Cmon, dude.
      Did you ever took ANY history lessons?
      “Unkind questions are being asked about the unkind state. Like, “Is THIS why Jews were banned from so many countries?””
      Stupid questions asked by ignorant people those are.
      Jews were banned from Eretz Israel twice: by Nebuchadnezzar and by Hadrian.
      Jews were banned from Spain by King Ferdinand.
      Jews were banned from England by King Edward.
      Jews were banned from settling anywhere in Tzar Russia.
      -
      And these examples are just off the top of my head. I’m sure there were much more banisments and exiles.
      For those slow to understand: Jews are banned from states not because they have their own state.

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    23. Owen

      It could have been very funny, HOWEVER – there is a good reason to Israel not to let Palestinians into Israel and this reason is all the killings and violence by the Palestinians. Israelis are good people that have been suffering by crul savages so stop the arabs can easily go to to 21 other countries (arab countries around) in the middle east, Israel is a tiny country so go help syria or something but LEAVE ISRAEL ALONE. it’s the best thing that happend to the middle east. the arabs know it so they are all over it. Proud to be Israeli, with Jerusalem as the capital.

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    24. Stam

      This is Apartheid all over again. Why is it taking so long for the world to see that?

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    25. Lurdis

      PLEASE!!! THE ARABIC VERSION!!! Where can i find it?

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    26. Andy

      I want to go ski in the mountains of Lebanon. I cant I do that as a Jew. Freaking apartheid! (:sarcasm:)

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    27. JerusalemS

      That’s a lie. Israeli Arabs can visit the beach as much as they’d like. As can Palestinians living in Gaza.

      Not having access to the beach comes with being an ENCLAVE. Is south Africa racist towards Lesotho by requiring visas?

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    28. Max

      As a friendly observer (for over 15 years)from Asia, it is my belief the Jews and Arabs are doomed to hate each other for eternity…There will never be peace in the middle east. Your hate is so deeply ingrained that it is past from generation to generation.

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    29. KDLM

      The comments are absolutely vile and disgusting.

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    30. learn yr damn history

      #RACISM #SETTLERCOLONIALISM

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    31. Rola abi kamel

      You stop your Israel occupation on Palestine and you will find that Palestinians are peaceful people. They want nothing but their freedom and their freedom is kept in your jails, your army and your politicians hands. If they r Being terrorists, this is because they learned it from your people when they invaded this peaceful country. Or tell me how could your people cause these miseries and Palestinians refugees all over the world with no terrorism???!!! You are afraid because you are guilty

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