20 Years of Talks
[December 2013] Twenty years ago, the PLO Central Council approved the Oslo Accord with the Israeli government. Israeli-Palestinian talks were slated to conclude within 5 years, yet two decades on Israel's occupation continues, and the situation on the ground has only moved backwards for Palestinians. This graphic, a collaboration between VP and AIDA (the Association for International Development Agencies), highlights the ever-increasing Israeli settler population, continuing dispossession of Palestinians, and comprehensive system of segregation that define the landscape. In spite of the Palestinian Authority's 'statehood' project, the feasibility of a 'two-state solution' is now widely questioned, while Palestinian self-determination and the return of refugees are barely discussed.
SOURCES & DATA
Talks Timeline. The Guardian, 2011. Timeline: Middle East Peace Talks (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Settlement Units. Foundation for Middle East Peace, 2012. Housing Stats in Israel, West Bank, and Gaza (2010-2011) (accessed on 3 December 2013) & Peace Now, 2011. The Settlements: The Biggest Threat to a Two-State Solution (PDF) & Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Table 4: Dwellings, by stage of construction, district and construction initiator (PDF)
Settler Population. B'Tselem, 2013. Statistics on Settlements and Settler Population (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Settlement Subsidy. Shir Hever in Newsweek, 2011. The Economics of Occupation (accessed on 3 December 2013)
House Destruction. Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre, 2011. The State of Palestine (accessed on 3 December 2013) & data aggregated from B'Tselem, 2013. Statistics on Destruction of Property (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Jerusalem IDs Revoked. B'Tselem, 2013. Statistics on Revocation of Residency in East Jerusalem (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Demolition Orders (3,000 West Bank). UN OCHA, 2011. Humanitarian Factsheet on Area C of the West Bank (PDF)
Demolition Orders (1,500 E Jerusalem). Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, 2013. Israel's Policy of Demolishing Palestinian Homes Must End: ICAHD Submission to the UN (accessed on 3 December 2013)
OPT Palestinian Population. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2013. Population Statistics (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Registered Refugees. UNRWA, 2012. In Figures (PDF)
Enclaves (166 West Bank + 1 Gaza). B'Tselem, 2013. Acting the Landlord: Israel's Policy in Area C, the West Bank (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Checkpoints. B'Tselem, 2013. Checkpoints, Physical Obstructions, and Forbidden Roads (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Wall Length. B'Tselem, 2012. The Seperation Barrier - Statistics (accessed on 3 December 2013)
Gaza Blockade. B'Tselem, 2013. The Siege on Gaza (accessed on 3 December 2013)
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