Israel / Palestine Conflict Uniquely Illustrated

The story shared by Israel and Palestine has been told in several stunning films, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen it told like this.

created this (extremely brief) animated history of the land that was at one time called Israel, Palestine, Canaan and the Levant. She even created this viewer’s guide to make sense of what’s happening.

Who’s Killing Who? A Viewer’s Guide

Because you can’t tell the players without a pogrom!


Early ManEarly Man

This generic “cave man” represents the first human settlers in Israel/Canaan/the Levant. Whoever they were.


CanaaniteCanaanite

What did ancient Canaanites look like? I don’t know, so this is based on ancient Sumerian art.


Ancient EgyptianEgyptian

Canaan was located between two huge empires. Egypt controlled it sometimes, and…


AssyrianAssyrian

….Assyria controlled it other times.


IsraeliteIsraelite

The “Children of Israel” conquered the shit out of the region, according to bloody and violent Old Testament accounts.


BabylonianBabylonian

Then the Baylonians destroyed their temple and took the Hebrews into exile.


Macedonian/AlexanderMacedonian/Greek

Here comes Alexander the Great, conquering everything!


GreekGreek/Macedonian

No sooner did Alexander conquer everything, than his generals divided it up and fought with each other.


PtolmaicPtolemaic

Greek descendants of Ptolemy, another of Alexander’s competing generals, ruled Egypt dressed like Egyptian god-kings. (The famous Cleopatra of western mythology and Hollywood was a Ptolemy.)


SeleucidSeleucid

More Greek-Macedonian legacies of Alexander.


Hebrew PriestHebrew Priest

This guy didn’t fight, he just ran the Second Temple re-established by Hebrews in Jerusalem after the Babylonian Exile.


MaccabeeMaccabee

Led by Judah “The Hammer” Maccabee, who fought the Seleucids, saved the Temple, and invented Channukah. Until…


RomanRoman

….the Romans destroyed the Second Temple and absorbed the region into the Roman Empire…


ByzantineByzantine

….which split into Eastern and Western Empires. The eastern part was called the Byzantine Empire. I don’t know if “Romans” ever fought “Byzantines” (Eastern Romans) but this is a cartoon.


CaliphArab Caliph

Speaking of cartoon, what did an Arab Caliph look like? This was my best guess.


CrusaderCrusader

After Crusaders went a-killin’ in the name of Jesus Christ, they established Crusader states, most notably the Kingdom of Jerusalem.


Egyptian MamlukMamluk of Egypt

Wikipedia sez, “Over time, mamluks became a powerful military caste in various Muslim societies…In places such as Egypt from the Ayyubid dynasty to the time of Muhammad Ali of Egypt, mamluks were considered to be “true lords”, with social status above freeborn Muslims.[7]” And apparently they controlled Palestine for a while.


Ottoman TurkOttoman Turk

Did I mention this is a cartoon? Probably no one went to battle looking like this. But big turbans, rich clothing and jewelry seemed to be in vogue among Ottoman Turkish elites, according to paintings I found on the Internet.


ArabArab

A gross generalization of a generic 19-century “Arab”.


BritishBritish

The British formed alliances with Arabs, then occupied Palestine. This cartoon is an oversimplification, and uses this British caricature as a stand-in for Europeans in general.


PalestinianPalestinian

The British occupied this guy’s land, only to leave it to a vast influx of….


European Jew/ZionistEuropean Jew/Zionist

Desperate and traumatized survivors of European pogroms and death camps, Jewish Zionist settlers were ready to fight to the death for a place to call home, but…


HezbollahPLO/Hamas/Hezbollah

….so were the people that lived there. Various militarized resistance movements arose in response to Israel: The Palestinian Liberation Organization, Hamas, and Hezbollah.


State of IsraelState of Israel

Backed by “the West,” especially the US, they got lots of weapons and the only sanctioned nukes in the region.


Guerrilla/Freedom Fighter/TerroristGuerrilla/Freedom Fighter/Terrorist

Sometimes people fight in military uniforms, sometimes they don’t. Creeping up alongside are illicit nukes possibly from Iran or elsewhere in the region. Who’s Next?

and finally…


Angel of DeathThe Angel of Death

The real hero of the Old Testament, and right now too.

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