Carnage in the Holy Land

For the lasted spat between the Palestinians and Israel I made use of the cartogram map. These maps distort the land size by a variable of interest. The two I chose where population and fatalities. As Israel and the West Bank have similar population densities they look the same while Gaza, run by Hamas and the focus hostilities, has a high population density. The fatality map just prior to the ground invasion, July 17, 2014, shows the approximately 100-1 casualty rate. Though today, July 19, 12 Israelis were killed along with about 100 Palestinians. As for the politics it is way to complicated and depressing for this blog post.

 

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http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/07/15/world/middleeast/toll-israel-gaza-conflict.html?_r=0

http://www1.cbs.gov.il/ts/databank/series_one.html?codets=3763

Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics

About Matthew Mulbrandon

I really like maps, as I am a geographer, and with the help of my more artistic partner I make cool maps. My focus in work and education has been centred on urban problems particularly housing and transportation. I have built and am working on several agent-based housing models. I am also interested in developing innovative ways to combat urban congestion using buses and electric kick scooters. Also it has led me to more theoretical pursuits such as how we determine if a model or methodology is sound (epistemology). How individuals relate to their social and built environment and their resulting interactions (social theory). Cities and really all our institutions are made of people with all their issues, virtues, and dreams and cannot be discounted when examining policy or predicting behaviours.

There are 2 comments

  1. Dick Skaggs

    Hi, Matt-
    As a former draftsman, I also enjoy and appreciate maps (esp ancient maps, but that’s another story). I am having real trouble, however, understanding what you are trying to depict in the two maps re Israel and Gaza. Is it to show that, with respect to the size of the Gaza population, Gaza is suffering a huge percentage of deaths, and this occurred before the ground invasion?
    I haven’t yet looked at the other maps you have referenced (probably should have done this before I started writing), so please forgive if this seems a stupid question.

  2. Matthew Mulbrandon

    Hi, It is number not percentage. So it is showing about 100 dethes for Gaza but only one for Israel. The other map just shows raw population. The proportion is the relative size so that is what the make is telling us. You can look at my world cup team value map for another example or makers takers. Hope that helps.

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