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Visualizing Palestine: Justice Denied

For victims and survivors of the 2014 assault on Gaza, Israel’s own military courts are the only place to seek legal recourse. These courts do not offer a genuine avenue for justice to Palestinians.  Of the 500 Palestinian complaints which were filed with Israeli military courts in relation to the 2014 Gaza war, 196 were dismissed immediately, 133 were lost in the system, and only 31 were brought forward for criminal investigation. Three soldiers were eventually ...

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Visualizing Palestine: #NoAccountability

In July 2014, Israel began a military assault on the Gaza Strip, including an indiscriminate bombing campaign and a brutal ground invasion. In total, the assault killed 1,545 Palestinian civilians, including 556 children, and made 11,166 families homeless. Three years on, no justice has been attained for victims and survivors of the attack. While five hundred Palestinian complaints were filed with Israeli military courts over the 2014 Gaza war, only three soldiers were ...

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Visualizing Palestine: Residency Revocation

Since 1967, Israel has revoked the residency status of more than 14,500 Palestinians from Jerusalem. Revocation of residency leads to forcible transfer, a war crime under the Rome Statue of the International Criminal Court and a grave breach of the Fourth Geneva Convention.  After Israel’s illegal annexation of East Jerusalem, Israel created the status of permanent resident for Palestinians living in the city, making entry into and residency in Jerusalem a revocable ...

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Visualizing Jerusalem: Anatomy of Inequality

Visualizing Palestine presents Anatomy of Inequality, our latest visual in a series exploring Israeli policies on Jerusalem. This original VP illustration, inspired by the commonly held sentiment that Jerusalem is at the heart of Palestine, makes visual reference to anatomical drawings of the heart. The image depicts the illegal annexation wall separating the city and its original inhabitants from each other, reinforcing a physical system of apartheid. West ...

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Visualizing Palestine: 50+ Years of Occupation

5 June 2017 marked 50 years of Israel’s occupation, a sobering milestone. The word "occupation" is typically used to describe Israel’s ongoing military rule over the Palestinian West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem since 1967, but the story of Israeli colonialism and occupation is much broader. In its short history, the state of Israel has not only occupied Palestinian land, but also the sovereign territory of three of its four neighboring countries. Today, Israel ...

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Visualizing Campus Collective Action for Palestine Solidarity

As a thirteenth year of Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) draws to a close across campuses in over two hundred cities around the world, Visualizing Palestine shares two new data visualizations on the impact of campus activism. Timeline of North American Campus Divestments, Then and Now In 1959, the African National Congress (ANC) launched its call for an international boycott of apartheid South Africa. It took eighteen years for the first university, Hampshire College, to ...

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Jerusalem: A City for All?

The legal, bureaucratic, and physical manifestations of racism are often just complex enough to seem invisible or accidental (at least to those not directly affected). The 2020 municipal plan for Jerusalem pulled back the curtain a little when it explicitly set out a "demographic target of 60% Jews and 40% Arabs." Visualizing Palestine's latest visual untangles a complex web of discriminatory Israeli policies and practices connected to this goal.

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Gaza’s Untold Story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel's offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their ...

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Besieged: The Economic Impact of the Israeli Siege on Gaza

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The second in a series of infographics on the Palestinian economy, "Besieged" highlights the scale of the economic impact of the Gaza blockade. Aided by their Egyptian counterparts, Israeli authorities heavily restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the territory, whilst Palestinians are denied access even to their own natural resources, including farmland, fishing waters and valuable offshore gas reserves. While Palestinians in Gaza face a 45% ...

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A Stolen Yield: The Cost of Israeli Restrictions on Palestinian Farming

5 June 1967 marks the start of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip. Today, nearly half a century later, the occupation continues to have a devastating impact on the daily lives of Palestinians. A graphic example of this impact can be seen through the Israeli restrictions exerted on the Palestinian economy. The infographic "A Stolen Yield" highlights the economic losses faced by Palestinian farmers, amounting to at least $2.2 billion ...

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Palestine Shrinking/Expanding Israel: Nakba Day Infographic

15 May 2015 marks the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba ("catastrophe"), which refers to the expulsion of over 750,000 Palestinians during the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Today, nearly seven decades on from these events, the dispossession of Palestinians continues through military, legal and economic means. Headlines were made by the Israeli Supreme Court just this week when it endorsed the eviction of the village of Umm al Hiran in the ...

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Identity Crisis: The Israeli ID System

The Nakba ("the catastrophe"), which refers to the ethnic cleansing of over 50% of the Palestinian population, was a defining moment of the long and ongoing history of forced displacement and separation of the Palestinian people that began with the events leading up to the creation of the State of Israel on 15 May 1948. Today, 66 years after this date, the fragmentation of the Palestinian people both inside and outside of historic Palestine remains as concrete ...

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Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon: Health, Access, and Contributions

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Speaking Love to Power - Love Stories for Social Justice

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Photographers and star-crossed lovers from around the world have gotten together to produce a video for Palestinian lovers this Valentine's Day. The video targets Israel's Citizenship Law, which prohibits Palestinian spouses (read: West Bank and Gaza) of Israeli citizens from gaining residency or citizenship in Israel.   More than 30,000 people are denied basic rights and are threatened with imminent forced separation because of the law. It is important to note that ...

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Twenty Years of Talks: Keeping Palestine Occupied

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Twenty years ago, the PLO Central Committee approved the Oslo Accord with the Israeli government. Israeli-Palestinian talks were slated to conclude within five years, yet two decades on Israel's occupation continues, and the situation on the ground has only moved backwards for Palestinians. The infographic "Twenty Years of Talks", produced in collaboration with AIDA (the Association of International Development Agencies) focuses on this deteriorating ...

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Infographic: Palestinian Refugee Children in Syria

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Among the continuing flurry of global media coverage on the crisis in Syria, the situation of the estimated six million displaced by conflict has gained only sporadic reportage. Meanwhile, the second large scale displacement of the longstanding Palestinian refugee population in Syria has been little mentioned. By September 2013, close to sixty percent of this 500,000-strong community had been displaced. It is increasingly difficult for them to leave Syria, but of the ...

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A Guide to Administrative Detention

In May 2012, over 2000 Palestinian prisoners and detainees went on hunger strike to challenge the conditions they face in the Israeli prison system. Not least, they called for an end to the practice of administrative detention, where Palestinians are held without charge or trial for months or even years. Despite drawing worldwide attention to the issue, administrative detention continues today. The infographic "A Guide to Administrative Detention" takes the ...

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This week marked the start of the annual Palestinian olive harvest, an ancient tradition on which 80,000 families still rely for their livelihoods. Yet these families face growing economic hardship due to Israeli land confiscations, access restrictions, settler attacks, and not least the widespread uprooting, destruction and theft of the trees themselves. The infographic 'Uprooted' focuses on the staggering fact that Israeli authorities have uprooted over 800,000 ...

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An Ongoing Displacement: The Forced Exile of the Palestinians

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15 May 2013 marks the sixty-fifth anniversary of the Nakba, when 750,000 Palestinians were displaced from the territory that became Israel. In 1948, Zionist forces ethnically cleansed more than fifty percent of the entire Palestinian population. In commemoration of the Nakba, and the displacement that continues today, Visualizing Palestine has released this new visual: "An Ongoing Displacement." The new visual quantitatively catalogues the multiple dimensions ...

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Infographic: Born at Qalandia Checkpoint

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"'Born at Qalandia Checkpoint' focuses on the impact of Israeli movement restrictions on the everyday lives of Palestinians. The phenomenon of Palestinian women forced to give birth at military checkpoints peaked during the Second Intifada (2000-05). Since then, Palestinian women in remote areas have increasingly resorted to coping strategies, such as relocation in the weeks prior to delivery or giving birth at home.  Rather than challenge Israel’s military ...

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 Visualizing Palestine


Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice.  Visualizing Palestine uses creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel.

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