The Palestinian government in Gaza has overseen the unveiling of the largest map of historic Palestine in the world which, by all accounts, should be registered with Guinness World Records. Work on the map has been ongoing for the last three years. It was supervised by senior Geography staff from various Palestinian universities and shows every single historic Palestinian village, town and city, more than 500 of which have been wiped off the face of the earth by the Israeli authorities.
The map is 20 metres long and 9 metres wide, covering a whopping 180 square metres in total. During the event to celebrate the map’s completion, the Minister for Prisoner Affairs, Atallah Abu al-Sabah, said that it comes at a time when some Palestinian and Arab satellite channels present an incomplete picture of Palestine by representing it as the West Bank and Gaza Strip only. The official intention for the production of the map is to imprint the real map of historic Palestine on the minds of the younger generations so that they do not forget what has been taken away from them by the Nakba (Catastrophe) of the creation of the state of Israel.
MEMO Photographer: Mohammed Asad