Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Visualizing Palestine

"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty." 
 - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights,  Article Two
I came across this media project over the weekend, and I felt it was important to share. I know this issue can be divisive, but for me this is not a matter of being pro-Israel or anti-Israel, but rather of being pro-human rights. Over a period of decades a group of people has been disenfranchised, stripped of their homes, their security, their freedom, and their voice, largely on the basis of ethnicity, language, and religion. Comparisons to South Africa under the Apartheid system are quite appropriate. As with most contested political issues, this is not simple nor is there a clear-cut solution; I challenge you to look at these infographics and to find out more.

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