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Visualizing Occupation: Palestinian Prisoners' Day - the numbers

Israel arrests more than nine Palestinians per day on average. Currently, 320 Palestinians are held in prison by Israel without trial. Today, April 17, 2012, marks Palestinian Prisoners’ Day.

By Michal Vexler

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Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian peace

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

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    1. This is a great infographic (great in the sense that it expresses the facts well- not that those facts are great)

      But it seems like the website listed under “Sources” has been hacked (nolegalfrontiers.org)

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    2. paxpublica

      Well done. You’ve communicated lots of information in an easy-to-read and interesting format.

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    3. JLS

      While I’d like to comment on the facts that are illustrated here, I can’t get past the glaring Orientalism of the depiction of the Palestinian/Arab men to actually comment on any other part of this. It’s a little unbelievable to me that the decision was taken to put mustaches and a keffiyeh on their heads, highlighting a stereotype and ‘otherizing’ stick figures, thereby diminishing the impact of the infographic.

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    4. Michal Vexler

      I thought about it a lot, and decided that since the whole apartheid system in the west bank is based on ethnicity and racism, I shouldn’t depict all the figures in the info as generic stick figures, because that would be beautifying the brute reality. your outrage at such imagery is part of the effect i wanted to create.

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    5. Blake

      @ Michael: You have the patience of s saint dealing with these trolls. Thanks for the fantastic work you are doing. God bless.

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    6. A.N.

      Why are you comparing the conviction rate with the US criminal justice system? What is the conviction rate in civil courts of Israel?

      What does the figure 276 per month means? It is provided with no explanation.

      What are the political prisoners? How do you identify a political prisoner from other, or are you claiming that all prisoners held by Israel are political?

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    7. Noelia

      Hi Michael,

      I really appreciate the work you’re doing, since infographics manage to convey so much information effectively. I think your “Children Under Israel’s Legal Regime,” “Freedom of Movement,” and “Protest” infographics are clear and powerful. However, the others are not quite clear, either in imagery or explanation. For instance, in “Who Profits,” the small yellow arrow going from Palestine to the American taxpayer doesn’t make sense. Or in this infographic, some numbers have no explanation — 276 what? 200 what? Why compare to professional football players? I agree with a previous comment – why not compare the number of convictions with Israel, not the US? It seems somewhat irrelevant.

      Anyway, the critique is meant to be constructive, since on the whole I support your work. Thank you for bringing to light specific issues about Israeli-Palestine relations.

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    8. Nate

      Why is the chart comparing the conviction rate in the OPT to the US general conviction rate?

      Would it make more sense to compare it to civilian courts in Israel, where the official conviction rate is 99%? Even the US Federal conviction rate has reached 99% in 2012.

      I feel including that obviously misleading chart, and putting it at the top, no less, tarnishes the whole chart, and that’s a shame.

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