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Green line shown on school maps of Tel Aviv

The Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality reportedly distributed a map of Israel to schools in the city separating the Jewish state from the territories captured in 1967, defying an education ministry edict banning maps with a green line.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai promised that the cards would remain on the walls of classrooms in his city.

According to an article he published on Wednesday Ha’aretzthe map was produced by the municipality, which intends to display them in approximately 2,000 city classrooms.

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The map shows the 1969 armistice line – made up of dark red dots – that separates Israel from the West Bank, while a lighter line marks the Golan Heights and Jerusalem, areas Israel seized during the 1967 Six-Day War and which the country later annexed.

The legend corresponding to the dotted red line is “Limit of Sovereignty”.

The inset showing the main population centers in the region also includes the dividing line with the West Bank. The next inset shows Tel Aviv specifically with optical magnification at street level.

Security fence near Beit Horon settlement on Route 443. (Kobi Gideon/Flash90)

While Israel has never annexed the West Bank, which was captured by Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War, the country has sought to integrate the territory in other ways, extending its laws and norms to areas not under Palestinian control. authority. Official government maps do not show the Green Line, although there is a network control points military and security barriers that effectively separate Israel and the West Bank.

“It is important for us that students learn the limits of Israeli sovereignty and the complex reality of areas where Jewish citizens of Israel live alongside Arabs under the control of the Palestinian Authority,” wrote Mayor Huldai in a letter to schools. according to Ha’aretz.

He added that the map can be used for “historical, geographical, linguistic conversations – and even current topics, about alliances, agreements, conflicts, political issues that are at the heart of public discourse.”

Shai Alon, chairman of the Beit El settlement’s local council, criticized the map, telling the Walla news site that the move by the Tel Aviv municipality “is the result of political instability and the ‘absence of a political horizon'” by the Palestinians.

A guide shows a map of Israel during a discussion during a hike in Ein Gedi, May 11, 2013. (Sarah Schuman/ Flash90)

“Different parties … are managing the conflict as they see fit, and this is leading to prevailing chaos as far as the Palestinian Authority is concerned,” he added.

The Department of Education, for its part, rejected the use of the map, saying in a statement on Monday that it was not approved for educational purposes or even “as a poster to hang on the wall.”

She called the map “amateur” and accused the municipality of “biased use” of the term “sovereign border”.

The Ministry emphasized that the only approved authority regarding the production of official maps is the Survey and Mapping Department of the Survey of Israel (SOI).

Maps installed in classrooms are usually provided by local authorities and are usually SOI departmental maps. Those made by private companies also do not show the green line.

The controversial initiative was created two years ago at the initiative of the deputy mayor Chen Arieli and the director of the municipality of education Shirli Rimon.

A map hangs in a classroom at Gamla Elementary School in Katzrin, Golan Heights, on August 22, 2022. (Michael Giladi/Flash90)

“Instead of censoring reality, the map enables dialogue,” said Arieli Ha’aretz. “We cannot force schools to use the card, but it is our duty to enable discussion on this topic. »

In 2007, Labor Education Minister Yuli Tamar ordered school boards to display the Green League, prompting criticism from the right. However, the initiative did not materialize until Gideon Saar, a nationalist who opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state, took office two years later.

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