Israel/Palestine maps

Whatever else the Palestinian bid for statehood at the UN has achieved, it has brought discussion back to the centre of attention. The cartography of the region is, of course, highly political. This new piece in Political Geography (“Trapped in mirror-images: The rhetoric of maps in Israel/Palestine” by Yair Wallach) is worth a look (requires subscription). It looks at a range of cartographic strategies that represent, produce or reproduce particular political accounts. As Neil Brenner and I say in our piece on ‘Henri Lefebvre on State, Space, Territory’, “the imagined or representational aspect of state territorial strategies also includes the more insidious forms of the projection of state territorial normality in weather maps, tourist information and advertising campaigns”. The Political Geography piece provides plenty of examples of just such strategies.

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