This section of FOPN provides links to maps of Israel/Palestine that compliment information in other areas of the website. Some maps have extensive notes, others very little. All are best understood in combination with information found in the sections entitled: History Basics, Occupation/Settlements, and Gaza .
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1946 District and District Centers During the Mandate Period, Before the Nakba
For an interactive version of this map, click here: http://www.palestineremembered.com/Acre/Maps/Story583.html
By clicking on any of the districts names, you will be able to view a detailed listing of the contained cities and villages.
Source: Palestine Remembered
Historically, the land of Palestine was populated by a people known as the Palestinians. Palestinians have always been religiously diverse, with the Muslim majority maintaining friendly relations with their Christian, Jewish, and Druze brethren.
At the turn of the 20th Century, a new Jewish nationalist ideology called Zionism was developing. Zionism called for the creation of a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
During this time, increasing numbers of Jewish Europeans immigrated to Palestine, causing the Jewish population to grow from a tiny minority to 35% of the population.
1877 - Non-Jewish Palestinians (97%) 426,908 - Jewish Population (3%) 13,942
1912 - Non-Jewish Palestinians (95%) 665,840 - Jewish Population (5%) 36,267
1925 - Non-Jewish Palestinians (85%) 665,840 - Jewish Population (15%) 137,484
1946 - Non-Jewish Palestinians (69%) 1,339,763 - Jewish Population (31%) 602,586
Source: McCarthy, Justin, The Population of Palestine, Columbia University Press: New York, 1990, pp. 10, 35.
According to an article published at the World Zionist Organization's (WZO) website:
"REMARKABLY, the Khazars, a people of Turkic origin, converted to the Jewish religion sometime in the 9th century, beginning with the royal house and spreading gradually among the general populace. Judaism is now known to have been more widespread among the Khazar inhabitants of the Khazar kingdom than was previously thought. In 1999, Russian archaeologists announced that they had successfully reconstructed a Khazarian vessel from the Don River region, revealing 4 inscriptions of the word "Israel" in Hebrew lettering. It is now the accepted opinion among most scholars in the field that the conversion of the Khazars to Judaism was widespread, and not limited merely to the royal house and nobility. Ibn al-Faqih, in fact, wrote "All of the Khazars are Jews." Christian of Stavelot wrote in 864 that "all of them profess the Jewish faith in its entirety."
Source: Atlas of World History, p. 108
(Map, left) 1947 UN Partition Plan
Sources for maps used on FOPN; find additional maps at these websites
(in alphabetical order):
IMEU – Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU)
JFPFP – Jews for Justice for Palestinians, including maps from ICAHD – Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions
MIFTAH, The Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy
NAD – Negotiation Affairs Department, State of Palestine
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