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The Palestine Question in Maps



Edited by: Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi
English, 220 pages,

2nd Updated and Revised Edition, August 2014
(1st edition, August 2002)
ISBN: 9950-305-02-00
August 2014
© PASSIA Publications


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List of Abbreviations


Chapter One

1878-1948: From Ottoman Palestine to the War of 1948 (Maps 1-15)

Map 1 – Ottoman Palestine, 1878

Map 2 – Arab Towns and Jewish Settlements In Palestine, 1881-1914

Map 3 – The Sykes-Picot Agreement, 1916

Map 4 – The Beginning of the British Mandate, 1920

Map 5 – Palestine Under the British Mandate

Map 6 – The Demography of Palestine, 1931

Map 7 – The Peel Commission Partition Proposal, 1937

Map 8 – The Woodhead Commission Partition Proposals, 1938

Map 9 – Palestinian and Zionist Landownership by Sub-District, 1945

Map 10 – The Morrison-Grady Partitioned Trusteeship Plan, 1946

Map 11 – Population of Palestine by Sub-District, 1946

Map 12 – The Unga Partition Plan, 1947 – the 1948 War & the 1949 Armistice Lines

Map 13 – Land Ownership in Palestine, 1948

Map 14 – Population Movements, 1948-1951

Map 15 – Land Ownership in Palestine and the Un Partition Plan - Palestinian Depopulated and Destroyed Villages, 1948-1949

Notes to Chapter One

Chapter Two

1949-1991: From Jordanian/Egyptian Rule in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Madrid Middle East Peace Conference (Maps 16-26)

MAP 16 – The Suez War, 1956

MAP 17 – The Palestinian Diaspora, 1958

MAP 18 – The Near East After the June 1967 War

MAP 19 – The Allon Plan, June 1967

MAP 20 – The PLO, 1965-1971

MAP 21 – The October War, 1973

MAP 22 – The Palestinians Inside Israel, 1977

MAP 23 – The Camp David Accords, 1978-1979

MAP 24 – Israeli Settlement Master Plans, 1976-1991

MAP 25 – Lebanon, 1982

MAP 26 – The 1991 Madrid Peace Conference & Israeli Settlements

Notes to Chapter Two

Chapter Three

1993-2002: From the Oslo Process to the Reinvasion of the Palestinian Territories (Maps 27-38)

MAP 27 – Gaza-Jericho (Oslo I) Agreement, Cairo, 4 May 1994

MAP 28 – Interim (Oslo II) Agreement, Taba, 28 September 1995

MAP 29 – Hebron Protocol, 15 January 1997

MAP 30 – Wye River Memorandum, 23 October 1998

MAP 31 – Sharm Esh-Sheikh Agreement, 4 September 1999

MAP 32 – Protocol Concerning Safe Passage between the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, 5 October 1999

Graph – Overview of the Oslo Process

MAP 33 – Gaza, 2000

MAP 34 – West Bank and Gaza Strip, March 2000

MAP 35 – Camp David Projection, July 2000

MAP 36 – Taba Talks Projection, January 2001

MAP 37 – The Sharon Proposal, Spring 2001

MAP 38 – The Reinvasion of the Palestinian Territories, 2001-2002

Notes to Chapter Three

Chapter Four

2003-2014: From the Road Map to the Kerry Mission (Maps 39-49)

MAP 39 – Israel’s Separation Barrier, 2002

MAP 40 – The Road Map, 2003

MAP 41 – The Geneva Initiative and Accord, 2003

MAP 42 – The Israeli Disengagement Plan, 2003-2005

MAP 43 – Agreed Documents on Movement and Access from and to Gaza, 2005

MAP 44 – Revised Route of the Israeli Separation Barrier, 2006

MAP 45 – The Settlers’ Plan for Palestinian Autonomy, 2006

MAP 46 – The Gaza Strip, 2006-2009

MAP 47 – The Annapolis Conference and the Olmert Peace Plan, 2007-2008

MAP 48 – The Gaza Strip Today (2014)

MAP 49 – The West Bank Today (2014)

Notes to Chapter Four

Chapter Five: Jerusalem (Maps 50-63)

Map 50 – The Old City, 1944 & 1966

Map 51 – Municipal Boundaries of Jerusalem, 1947-2000

Map 52 – Jerusalem and the Corpus Separatum Proposed in 1947

Map 53 – Partitioned Jerusalem, 1948-1967

Map 54 – The Kendall Town Scheme, 1966

Map 55 – Jerusalem After the 1967 War

Map 56 – Israeli Settlements and Palestinian Neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, 2000

Map 57 – Israeli and Palestinian Neighborhoods in Metropolitan Jerusalem, 2000

Map 58 – Arab East Jerusalem within ‘Greater’ Jerusalem, 2000

Map 59 – Projection of the Israeli Proposal for Jerusalem’s Final Status at Camp David, July 2000

Map 60 – The Old City of Jerusalem. 2014

Map 61 – The E1 Development Plan

Map 62 – The Jerusalem Master Plan

Map 63 – Jerusalem Today (2014)

Notes to Chapter Five


Chapter Six: Special Issues (Maps 64-72)

Map 64 – Administrative Boundaries

Map 65 – Surface Water

Map 66 – Groundwater
Map 67 – Palestinian Refugees

Map 68 – Hebron

Map 69 –Israeli Annexation of the Jordan Valley

Map 70 – Area C

Map 71 – The Global BDS Movement

Map 72 – Palestinian Statehood

Notes to Chapter Six




The accurate and responsible presentation of the Palestine Question, both in its current context and throughout the course of history, has long been a chief goal of PASSIA. With an extensive catalogue of in-depth works on crucial aspects and periods of Palestinian history to its name, PASSIA has also sought to create suitably concise publications presenting the core issues and the Palestinian narrative in a comprehensive, yet comprehensible format. The Palestine Question in Maps, 1878-2002, represented an important addition to this aspect of PASSIA’s work.

Passia is proud to be able to say that this book became a viable reference for researchers, scholars and students. However, while still on high demand the book has been out of print for several years now and required updating. The PASSIA team took on this task - adding maps and background information on maps that evolved over the past decade (i.e., covering the period since 2002) – and is now proud to present a second edition of The Palestine Question in Maps, this time covering the period from 1878 to 2014.

Including over 70 color maps, this research study is hoped to provide a guide to the Palestine Question from the Ottoman period through to the present day. In addressing the unfolding geographic and demographic complexities of the period in review, the book sheds light on the real territorial dimensions of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, its causes, and the numerous schemes posited over time for shaping a resolution and an accepted end to the conflict. Dissemination and explanation of clear and reliable maps has always been rare and a frequently baffling array of speculations has all too often led to confusion rather than comprehension, both abroad and in Palestinian society. By compiling and reviewing the most important historical and contemporary maps, this book offers researchers, readers and concerned individuals the opportunity to understand the geographic implications and political motivations guiding the political and military aspects of the Palestine Question for over a hundred years.

A first series of maps follows the path of modern Palestinian history in chronological order, focusing on key demographic themes and political milestones, as well as identifying the various proposals posited for the resolution of the Palestine Question (Chapters 1-4). Jerusalem itself is of such intrinsic importance to Palestinian history and to the resolution of the Palestine-Israel conflict, that a separate section is devoted, in detail, to its changing circumstances (Chapter 5). Core issues, such as water and refugees, are also addressed within a separate chapter (Chapter 6).

The text accompanying the maps is hoped to present a concise and clear overview of the historical, political and socio-economic circumstances providing the backdrop for the individual maps and illustrating their place within the broader frame of Palestinian history. Complete with reliable statistics, detailed references and notes, the text serves to illuminate the factors defining the territorial dimensions portrayed within the maps.

At its most fundamental level, the Palestine Question is a question of a land and its people, as well as their rights, identity and passage through time. For this reason, placing an accurate account of Palestinian history squarely within its territorial dimensions is not only advantageous for those seeking a deeper understanding of that history, but is an important step in repossessing a history that has so often been distorted, denied and dislocated from its rightful context and placed within alien and imposed schemes so as to confuse, deny, and replace that history for the purposes of another.

As a part of PASSIA’s ongoing documentation of Palestinian history, this work is intended to present the history of the Palestine Question in a responsible, accessible and compelling way so that it may be easily understood by readers today and properly preserved for future generations.


Dr. Mahdi Abdul Hadi
Chairman of PASSIA - Jerusalem




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