Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation

This guide was created by the team at AlJazeera English and curated by Slingshot Media’s advocacy team

What will the maps of Palestine and Israel look like if Israel illegally annexes the Jordan Valley on July 1?

The current map of Palestine is often described as resembling “Swiss cheese”. Over the past century it has been carved up, walled-in and filled with hundreds of illegal Israeli settlements and military checkpoints.

Now, in the latest round of Israel’s ongoing occupation and policy of land-grabs this map could become even more disjointed. On July 1, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley and northern Dead Sea.

Annexation is a term used when a state unilaterally incorporates another territory within its borders. Annexing the Jordan Valley would mean that Israel would officially consider it part of the state of Israel.

“International law is very clear: annexation and territorial conquest are forbidden by the Charter of the United Nations,” said Michael Lynk, the UN independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories.

To understand what annexation will look like on the ground and how we got here, Al Jazeera has compiled a collection of historic and present-day maps for you to explore.


*Click any of these links to check out the maps at the source*


Historic maps:

  1. 1917 – Pre-British Mandate Palestine
  2. 1918-1947 – Jewish immigration from Europe
  3. Chart: 1920-1946 – Jewish immigration to Palestine
  4. 1947 – Proposed UN Partition Plan (Resolution 181)
  5. 1948 – Palestinians expelled
  6. 1967 – Israel occupies Gaza and the West Bank
  7. 1993 & 1995 Oslo Accords

Present-day maps:

  1. How big are Palestine and Israel?
  2. Occupied Palestinian territories
  3. Israeli settlements
  4. Chart: Israeli settler growth
  5. Separation wall
  6. Israeli checkpoints
  7. Palestinian refugee camps
  8. Israel’s history of annexations
  9. Jerusalem, the divided city
  10. The Old City of Jerusalem
  11. Al-Aqsa Mosque
  12. Occupied Golan Heights
  13. Jordan Valley
  14. Israel’s annexation of the Jordan Valley
  15. Trump’s conceptual map
  16. Jordan Valley annexation: Trump vs Netanyahu
  17. Blockade of the Gaza Strip
  18. Where are the Palestinians today?
  19. Where are the Jews today?
  20. International recognition

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