February 4th, 2012
What would the Palestinian controlled territories on the West Bank look like if completely isolated from the rest of the West Bank? That’s what Julien Bousac wanted to show with the above map, of the Palestinian territories as a group of islands:
Mr Boussac took advantage of the resulting archipelago effect “to use typical tourist maps codes (mainly icons) to sharpen the contrast between the fantasies raised by seemingly paradise-like islands and the Palestinian Territories grim reality.” The map does have a strong vacationy vibe to it – but whether that is because of the archipelago-shaped subject matter, or due to the cheerful colour scheme is a matter for debate.
It shows how much the reality differs from what politicians imagine when they blithly talk about a Palestinian controlled West Bank. It also shows how unrealistic the idea of a two state solution is. The only really coherent piece of land that the Palestinians possess is Gaza and that can be turned into a huge open air prison by the IDF at will. Instead, what needs to happen is to recreate Israel and Palestina as a true democratic state no longer based on Apartheid ideals.