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 Palestinian olive trees since 1967, the equivalent to razing all of the 24,000 trees in New York’s central park 33 times. - Visualizing Palestine
The map runs from June 17 to July 17 and covers hashtags such as #BringBackOurBoys (when three Israelis disappeared while hitchhiking), #MohammadAbuKhdair (when a Palestinian teenager was killed in Jerusalem) and, of course, #IsraelUnderFire and #GazaUnderAttack.
Select to embiggen and view the color key for the screenshots above, or, better, read through to watch the timeline unfold.
Some context: We’ve written before about PR and propaganda surrounding the Gazan war. Here are a few more:
Shimaa is a Palestinian citizen of Israel married to a Palestinian from the West Bank. The discriminatory Israeli Citizenship Law prevents Palestinian citizens of Israel like Shimaa from marrying the spouse of their choice. Because they have different ID cards, Shimaa and her husband have to live abroad in order to be together.