UKRAINE - People are deceived by the U.S. / EU - Nazis and fascists in control of government, formed by US and EU. - In this blog, I will provide the information that the Western press is not willing to give. The purpose is to open the eyes of the Norwegian, European and Ukrainian people about what actually happens in Ukraine, and who’s behind. Some text is mine, but also from friends or I borrow/ bring in from other media
Last week, MSNBC aired a map (above) showing the
loss of Palestinian land to Zionist settlers and then to Israel from
1946 to the present. Following criticism from Israelis and their
supporters, MSNBC apologized and stated that the map was incorrect. But
was it? The following is a fact check of MSNBC’s map and the criticisms
Does the map accurately show the loss of Palestinian land since 1946?
Yes. The map accurately depicts the
land that has been forcibly taken from Palestinians since 1946, two
years before Israel was established and the accompanying expulsion of
between 750,000 and a million Palestinians to make way for a Jewish state.
During and immediately following the state’s creation in 1948, Israel expropriated approximately 4,244,776 acres of Palestinian land. In the process, more than 400 Palestinian
cities and towns were systematically destroyed by Israeli forces or
repopulated with Jews. Most Palestinian population centers, including
homes, businesses, houses of worship, and vibrant urban centers, were
demolished to prevent the return of their owners, now refugees outside
of Israel’s pre-1967 borders or internally displaced within them. (See here for interactive map of Palestinian population centers destroyed during Israel’s creation.)
Israel’s systematic dispossession of Palestinians is
ongoing today, both in the occupied territories and inside Israel’s
internationally recognized pre-1967 borders, where Palestinian citizens
of the state and those living under occupation continue to be pushed out of their homes and off their lands – including entire towns – to make way for Jewish citizens and settlers. Today, there are approximately 650,000 Jewish
settlers living illegally on occupied Palestinian land in the West Bank
and East Jerusalem, and Israel’s settlement enterprise covers approximately 42% of the West Bank.
Did the map specify that Palestine was an independent state prior to 1948?
No. Critics have focused on the
fact that Palestine was not a sovereign and independent state prior to
1948, however the map did not claim that it was. The map purported to
show “Palestinian Loss of Land 1946-present,” and it did precisely that,
accurately. While it was not a recognized independent state under
British rule in 1946, Palestine as a political entity existed prior to
the formation of the state of Israel in 1948, going back to ancient
times when it was a province of the Roman empire until more recently
when it was British Mandatory Palestine, immediately preceding Israel’s
Were there real factual errors in the map?
Yes. There were two factual errors in the map:
It showed the Syrian Golan Heights, which have been under Israeli
military occupation since the 1967 War, as part of Israel, although the
international community, including the United States, does not recognize
Israeli sovereignty over the area.
The map also shows “Israel” existing in 1946. While British
Mandatory Palestine did exist in 1946, there was no political entity
called “Israel” until 1948.