Gaza: Infographics, news and analysis

The Gaza crisis is tragic, urgent, complicated and the subject of much disagreement and debate. I tend to think Israel’s military responses, in general, are not only inhumane towards Palestinians but self-destructive for Israel. Hamas’s asymmetrical attacks on Israel are also not only harmful to Israeli civilians but to Palestinians in that they are used by Israel to justify further belligerence. And Palestinians will never be able to beat Israel militarily. But regardless of your opinion, you can’t understand the situation in Gaza without understanding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And you can’t understand the conflict without understanding the occupation. Luckily, the excellent site, +972 Magazine has a series of infographics by Michal Vexler on the occupation.

Check out more infographics and some more things you should see or read after the jump.

You can see all of the infographics series here. And to find out more about what’s happening and has happened, check the following people, news sources, and video clips.

  • Juan Cole, whose blog Informed Comment offers, well, informed commentary on “the Middle East, History and Religion.” A History professor at Michigan, Cole is extremely measured and well-read on the subject. Make sure you check out his Top Ten Myths about Israeli Attack on Gaza post.
  • Mondoweiss,  the “news website devoted to covering American foreign policy in the Middle East, chiefly from a progressive Jewish perspective” edited by Philip Weiss and Adam Horowitz.
  • This segment from Up with Chris Hayes, which features not one but two Palestinians, out of a roundtable of four, hardly heard of on American TV.
  • DemocracyNow!, hosted by the indefatigable Amy Goodman. Make sure you watch this segment with an Israeli peace negotiator.


Born and raised on the mean streets of New York City’s Upper West Side, Katie Halper is a comic, writer, blogger, satirist and filmmaker based in New York. Katie graduated from The Dalton School (where she teaches history) and Wesleyan University (where she learned that labels are for jars.) A director of Living Liberally and co-founder/performer in Laughing Liberally, Katie has performed at Town Hall, Symphony Space, The Culture Project, D.C. Comedy Festival, all five Netroots Nations, and The Nation Magazine Cruise, where she made Howard Dean laugh! and has appeared with Lizz Winstead, Markos Moulitsas, The Yes Men, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Hightower. Her writing and videos have appeared in The New York Times, Comedy Central, The Nation Magazine, Gawker, Nerve, Jezebel, the Huffington Post, Alternet and Katie has been featured in/on NY Magazine, LA Times, In These Times, Gawker,Jezebel, MSNBC, Air America, GritTV, the Alan Colmes Show, Sirius radio (which hung up on her once) and the National Review, which called Katie “cute and some what brainy.” Katie co-produced Tim Robbins’s film Embedded, (Venice Film Festival, Sundance Channel); Estela Bravo’s Free to Fly (Havana Film Festival, LA Latino Film Festival); was outreach director for The Take, Naomi Klein/Avi Lewis documentary about Argentine workers (Toronto & Venice Film Festivals, Film Forum); co-directed New Yorkers Remember the Spanish Civil War, a video for Museum of the City of NY exhibit, and wrote/directed viral satiric videos including Jews/ Women/ Gays for McCain.

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  • Teresa

    The link to the Top Ten Myths blog post doesn’t work. Check your hyperlink HTML tag; there’s a lot of junk after it. Only “” should be within the href field. Anything else should go into a title field.

  • Juv

    Short response to the IDF Facebook propaganda efforts and a message to those who facilitate it with their shares and likes…

  • Ian

    The second infograph is a bald-faced lie.

    First, it has nothing to do with ethnicity. The infograph maker apparently doesn’t know that “Israeli citizen” and “Jewish” are not synonymous.

    Second, Palestinians go to the beach all the time. Unless one thinks all these photos are photoshopped by the Jewish/Illuminati conspiracy.

    Third, the biggest restrictions on Palestinian beachgoing are by the misogynists in Hamas, not Israelis.

    Fourth, I can’t believe this has to be said, but the vast majority of Israelis do not hang out in military gear all day. Anti-Israeli material almost always shows them either as Hasidic or in full riot gear. It’s dehumanizing.

  • davenj

    The other issue with the second infographic is that it uses the arbitrary notion of “going to the sea”, which intentionally makes use of the fact that the West Bank is landlocked. As such,”going to the sea” actually means “going to Israel”, the same place where Palestinians from the West Bank visited to, among other things, commit lethal terror attacks.

    It is absolutely more difficult for Palestinians to visit the Mediterranean Coast now, but the idea that culpability falls entirely on Israel is absurd.

    Beyond all the other stuff, it’s worth considering that Feministing took no interest in escalating rocket attacks for the four years following Operation Cast Lead. The daily lives of Israelis did not merit one post singularly devoted to their suffering. Such brokerage of peace will obviously be met with skepticism.