‘Lonely Planet’ For the Settlements
Yep, there’s even an app for that
Ever find yourself moseying along and suddenly needing to know where the latest settlement construction in the West Bank has taken place? (Imagine moseying sometime before the past ten months, during which there has been a freeze on such construction.) Well, now, you can consult Americans for Peace Now’s handy Facts on the Ground iPhone application. It’s a clever title: For years, believers in Greater Israel evangelized for the settlements as a way of creating nearly-irrefutable “facts on the ground” in an effort to make the land they sat on official parts of Israel; now, a left-wing group like APN can turn the phrase on its head, and condemn such settlements as malevolent “facts on the ground” that impede peace (much like the similar flights sponsored by the similarly appended Peace Now). Although that, also, is just rhetoric: In the end, facts on the ground are just that.
Below: See how you can check and un-check various things to make your map look different!