Despite clashes Sunday along the de facto border with Syria and protests at West Bank checkpoints, the Washington Post’s interactive map on ”the Middle East and North Africa in turmoil” still omits Israel/Palestine from its graphic of clickable countries. There’s even an empty space in the clickable grid below the map:
Sunday’s protests marked Naska day, commemorating the beginning of Israel’s occupation of lands outside its 1967 boundaries including East Jerusalem, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and the Golan Heights.
Three weeks ago when, celebrating Nakba day, Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and neighboring countries engaged in massive demonstrations. Unarmed demonstration against the occupation and Israel’s separation barrier have been a common phenomenon for years now.
Furthermore, Israel’s March 15 unity movement, led by Palestinian youths on the model of the Arab Spring in other nations, has already garnered some limited political victories. In an article for the Nation, Joseph Dana and Jesse Rosenfeld outlined how the March 15 Movement, like protest movements elsewhere, marked a generational shift. They wrote that the movement is also a first step in nationalizing the model that has been used by popular committees protesting against the separation barrier in individual villages, noting that protests occurred in both the Palestinian Authority-controlled West Bank, where Fatah rules, and Hamas-controlled Gaza. On April 27, the rival factions announced a unity deal, marking a success for the March 15 demonstrators.
The New York Times also left the Palestinian territories off of its chart of Middle East Protests (the Times stopped updating the chart in April). In another New York Times map on Middle Eastern nukes, Israel, which maintains a covert arsenal estimated at more than 100 nuclear weapons, was designated by its shading as only having “construction begun” on its nuclear program.
Way back on the first day of the Palestinian unity marches, Philip Weiss published on the oversight of Israel/Palestine on the Washington Post’s list of Mideast and North African protests. But no change has yet been made. In light of the March 15 movement, Nakba and Naska days, and the popular committee protest movement in the West Bank, one wonders why Israel/Palestine still gets left off the map.