In contemporary conversations about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the role of the British in creating the problem is often under-recognized. From 1920 to 1948, Palestine was a British administered colony. The British government promised the land to both Jewish and Arab parties – to the Jews in the Balfour Declaration and to the Arabs in the League of Nations mandate. In 1947, the British withdrew from the Palestine, stating it was unable to arrive at a solution acceptable to both Arabs and Jews. In other words, the problem they helped create was now too complicated to help resolve. This map imagines the changing geography of Israel-Palestine on the island of Great Britain. The four maps, from left to right, mirror the late British Mandate period, the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine, the de facto borders from 1949-1967, and the fractured geography of today, including the West Bank wall.
Re-imagining Settler Colonialism: Britain as Palestine