Syria, Gaza, Israel, and War

These latest maps, one is drawn to scale for orientation and one cartogram altering land size based on fatalities during the latest Gaza conflict and 3 years of civil war in Syria. The more the land area, the higher the fatalities. These were made to illustrate the debate swirling the in media about proportionality in coverage [1]. Gaza’s land area was altered by 750+ Palestinian deaths and Israel was altered by deaths by rocket fire in Israel plus Israeli solders killed in Gaza, 35 to date (July 25, 2014). The Syrian map shows Palestinian deaths in Syria, 2,378 at last count, during the entire civil war from 2011. In the map, Syria is shown as a bit smaller than its normal size but maintains its shape. Israel is small and distorted to indicate low numbers of fatalities while Gaza the land area expanded to 1/4 the size of Syria.




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 5 comments

  1. James

    This graph might have some value if it included all of the 190,000 fatalities in Syria since 2011 instead of arbitrarily only focusing on the Palestinian deaths in Syria. As it stands, it is a gross distortion and downplays the tragedy occurring in Syria and the lack of media coverage. Shame on you.

    1. Matthew Mulbrandon

      Only if you do not read the text of the map or the text in the blog post. I am sure many people do that. The map is saying more Palestinians have been killed in Syria the last 2 years than in Gaza the last few weeks.

  2. Bro. Sean McLaughlin, SDS

    ONE child dying by these horrible wars is tragedy! Terrible either way! I certainly want Israel to live in
    peace, BUT it will NEVER happen until they are REALLY want to dead honestly and directly with the Palestinians. We don’t seem to hear much honestly from our politicians and media — very one-sided
    in its reporting and listening to the cries for peace from BOTH sides!

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