Identity Crisis (Animation

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Everyone born in Israel, the West Bank (including East Jerusalem), and Gaza receives an ID card from the Israeli Ministry of the Interior. The ID System is a tool of population control that maintains Israel's apartheid policies of fragmenting the Palestinian people into different legal, geographic, and political domains, each with different rights, and denying Palestinian refugees the right of return. This animation is an adaptation of an infographic originally published by Visualizing Palestine in June 2014.





Population estimates for 2011 collated from Israeli CBS, Palestinian CBS, OCHA and Badil. Maps are illustrative, based on data collated from Israel CBS and OCHA.
ID matrix adapted from Helga Tawil-Souri. Additional facts from B’Tselem and Adalah.


Population Data
Central Bureau of Statistics, 2012. Statistical Abstract of Israel (accessed on 15 May 2014)
Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Estimated Population in the Palestinian Territory Mid-Year by Governorate,1997-2016 (accessed on 15 May 2014)
Badil, 2012. Survey of Palestinian Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons 2010 - 2012 (PDF)


Map Data
Central Bureau of Statistics, 2012. Statistical Abstract of Israel. (accessed on 15 May 2014)
OCHA, 2012. Humanitarian Atlas, December 2012 (accessed on 15 May 2014)


Helga Tawil-Souri, Social Text, vol.29 (2), 2011. "Colored Identity: The Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel" (PDF)


WB Areas
B'Tselem, 2013. What is Area C? (accessed on 15 May 2014)


Israel Admissions
Adalah, 2011. Adalah NGO Report to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Arab Palestinian Citizens of Israel (PDF)


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