Starbuck’s Cartographic Revisionism

17 October 2011

Frame-by-Frame/ Lie-by-Lie

See Action item: Starbucks f’s up for complaint addresses.
We object to this  Starbucks website: Cartographic Regression
I have tried to explain a little why each piece is biased by omission, comission or simply a lie.

Please be fair to Starbucks. In the past they have been attacked for supporting Israel – even if they didn’t. Read about it here and here.

Click on the thumbnails for a screen shot of the Starbucks original.

1917 In 1917(depending on what month) the area we now call Israel was either part of the Ottoman Empire or under military occupation by Allied troops under Allenby. Either way it was not in anyway under control or ownership by the Arabs let alone a group called Palestinians. The borders looked nothing like this created by the victors of World War One when they divided the Ottoman Empire into states.The map that was chosen in the very first frame is the 1923 British Mandate for Palestine to create a Jewish homeland after the British had chopped off three-quarters in 1922 to create the Kingdom of Transjordan. Ironically the Jews called themselves Palestinians. The Arabs called themselves Arabs or Southern Syrians.
1947  If Starbucks had said proposed borders under the UN partition plan rejected totally by all Arabs states and local Palestinians, this map would be less objectionable. For accuracy purposes the state labelled Jordan should be labelled Transjordan. It only became Jordan in 1949 when the army (commanded by British officers) captured the area many refer to as the West Bank.
   Israel was formed? Actually Israel was invaded by five Arab armies. The map shows the cease fire lines after Israel successfully drove them out.To call the areas occupied by Jordan and Egypt Palestine is to ignore history. King Abdullah annexed the West Bank to his kingdom and occupied the area for only 19 years until driven out. Egypt suppressed the Arabs in Gaza for the same period. Neither country ever described it as Palestinian.
 1967  Actually nothing much has changed. The area that was never under Palestinian control is still not under Palestinian control. Calling it Palestine is a fiction.
 PRESENT  It is very hard to show narrow lines, sometimes only roads on such a small scale. Since the Oslo Agreements of 1993 some 80% of the Palestinian population came under day-to-day Palestinian control. This is the first time in history that it can be reasonably argued that there was an Arab Palestine other than an abstract concept. Rather than regressing Palestine has actually grown.
 Brief history of how the borders came to be 1
  • The World Zionist Organization had nothing to do with borders.
  • The impression that the Jews came from Egypt in 1917 is frankly weird. The mountains are also incorrectly placed.
  • All Arab leaders, inside and outside Palestine rejected the UN plan resulting in war and invasion not simply riots.
  • What ever happened to World War One and Two?
 Brief history of how the borders came to be 2
  •  Israel had no tanks in 1948
  • The 78% of Palestine does not include the Kingdom of Jordan, then and now, with an absolute majority declaring themselves to be Palestinians.
  • 700,000 is above the figure of 650,000 normally accepted. About the same number of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa also became refugees as a result of the war.
  • In 1954 Israel, Britain and France also fought a war against Egypt. Did it slip someone’s memory?

Brief history of how the borders came to be 3


  • The Arabs armies also had planes, ships and soldiers. That is how modern wars are fought.
  • Between 1967 and 1987 Israel and the Arabs fought several wars resulting in the Yom Kippur War in 1973. The Sinai agreement and the resulting border changes would not have happened without it.
  • The First Intifada  resulted in Arabs killing more Arabs than the Jews did. It also had no effect on borders.
 Brief history of how the borders came to be 4
  • Camp David had nothing to do with Lebanon.
  • The talks did not fail in Camp David.
  • As well as a timetable for a Palestinian State the roadmap made demands on the Palestinians for an end to violence, something they were not prepared to do.
 Brief history of how the borders came to be 5  If you didn’t know different you could assume Israel planned to expel Arabs. The plan was known as the Disengagement Plan. All Israelis, not just the army, left Gaza.This was followed by a short but brutal civil war when Hamas threw out Fatah. This in turn was followed by increasing rocket and mortar attacks on Israel, a declaration of war by Hamas and the operation known as Cast Lead. Palestine’s bid for statehood includes Gaza even though the Palestinian Authority has not control there.
Starbucks pushes Palestinian Revisionism  All the pieces of the map together. It is only a screen grab but I include it because hopefully the ridiculous propaganda published by Starbucks will be removed soon.

About David Guy

B.A./B.C.A. (Communication and Media Arts) University of Wollongong, AUSTRALIA M.A. in Government (Diplomacy and Conflict Studies) Inter Disciplinary Center, Herzliya, ISRAEL Twitter @5MFI
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