Visualizing Palestine is the intersection of communication, social sciences, technology, design and urban studies for social justice. We use creative visuals (infographics) to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel. We envision a world in which people live in equality and dignity because they use communication tools to rally for positive change. We believe in the political potential of digital platforms and visual media to actualize a world in which people worldwide feel empowered to rally for positive change. We bridge the geographical digital divide by globally empowering communities and civil society (NGOs and rights organizations), giving them visual tools with which to transform information into positive change.
Visualizing Palestine creates a community of change-makers by addressing two key issues: the failure of organizations to use effective communication tools, limiting themselves to dry reports, data tables and primitive graphs; and the failure of the media to report without bias. Over-coverage of Hamas and under-coverage of the systemic inequality Palestinians face led 57 percent of US citizens to support Israel’s 2012 strikes against Gaza. Even during the strikes, in which 25 Palestinian children were killed, the major media continued to emphasize Hamas’s role and downplay the loss of civilian life and infrastructure.
Our team identifies pressing issues through firsthand experience, partnerships with grassroots organizations, advocacy groups and a network of journalists and bloggers. We go through a process of story generation, highlighting the absurdities of the injustice. Next, our researchers collate extensive data and statistics from reports by organizations such as Amnesty International and the UN. Our data analysts then aggregate the data, exposing patterns and correlations. The design team then turns the data into powerful visuals, which the communications team publishes via our partners, the mainstream media and social media, under the Creative Commons license.