The Palestinian Archipelago

Palestine Archipelago

Strange Maps is an excellent blog which will likely be the next addition to my tag of “highly recommended blogs.” Today’s offering is an unusual portrayal of the geography of the West Bank region of Palestine.

This map is considerably more interesting than previous maps of this fragmented area (see also the Wiki set of historic maps), in that it uses color-coding to convert the conventional geopolitical boundaries to the appearance of a chain of islands.

“Maybe posting the full map would help to take it for what it is, i.e. an illustration of the West Bank’s ongoing fragmentation based on the (originally temporary) A/B/C zoning which came out of the Oslo process, still valid until now. To make things clear, areas ‘under water’ strictly reflect C zones, plus the East Jerusalem area, i.e. areas that have officially remained under full Israeli control and occupation following the Agreements. These include all Israeli settlements and outposts as well as Palestinian populated areas.”

Those colours, incidentally, denote urban areas (orange), nature reserves (shaded), zones of partial autonomy (dark green) and of total autonomy (light green). Totally fanciful are of course the dotted lines symbolising shipping links, the palm trees signifying protected beachland, and the purple symbols representing various aspects of seaside pleasure. The blue icon, labelled Zone sous surveillance (‘Zone under surveillance’) has some bearing on reality, as the locations of the warships match those of permanent Israeli checkpoints.

Jerry Seinfeld’s Porsche

Jerry Seinfeld's Porsche

How many Porsche’s does Jerry Seinfeld have? 50? Why can’t Jerry sell one and give a Palestinian family 100k to live in France? What’s the deal with the Porsche collection?

Jerry Seinfeld’s fortune is estimated to be 250 million. 100k is a pittance to Seinfeld.

Maps: Palestinian Loss Of Land 1946-2000

Land Loss Israel Palestine

There are four maps that show the amount of Palestinian land versus the amount of Jewish land. Based on the maps, my guestimates for the amounts are as follows:

MAP #1 – 1946
Palestinian Land – 90%
Jewish Land – 10%

MAP #2 – 1947
Palestinian Land – 50%
Jewish Land – 50%

MAP #3 – 1949-1967
Palestinian Land – 20%
Jewish Land – Israel – 80%

MAP #4 – 2000
Palestinian Land – 10%
Jewish Land – 90%

NYC Jewish Billionaires

Forbes 400 Richest People

Estimates are that at least 19 of the Forbes 400’s 25 NYC billionaires are Jewish. (20 by my count.)

· Samuel I Newhouse Jr 7.7 yes
· George Soros 7.0 yes
· Carl Icahn 5.8 yes
· Michael R Bloomberg 4.8 yes
· David H Koch 4.0
· Leonard A Lauder 2.6 yes
· Samuel J LeFrak & family 2.6 yes
· Ronald O Perelman 2.5 yes
· David Rockefeller Sr 2.5
· Edgar M Bronfman Sr 2.3 yes
· Clive Calder 2.3 ?
· Maurice R Greenberg 2.3 yes
· Preston R Tisch 2.3 yes
· Ronald S Lauder 2.2 yes
· Leonard N Stern 2.2 yes
· Girard Louis-Dreyfus & family 2.1 ?
· Laurence A Tisch 2.0 yes
· Leona Helmsley 1.9 yes
· Ralph Lauren 1.9 yes
· Donald J Trump 1.9
· Herbert A Allen Jr 1.8 ?
· Stanley Druckenmiller 1.5 yes
· Laurance Spelman Rockefeller 1.5
· Bruce Kovner 1.4 yes
· Henry R Kravis 1.3 yes

Michael Bloomberg: $16 Billion

Michael Bloomberg

In March 2009, Forbes reported Michael Bloomberg’s wealth at $16 billion. As Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg lords over the media, finance and fashion capital of the U.S. — and arguably the world.

You can contact Michael Bloomberg on Twitter.

Ralph Lauren: $1.9 Billion

Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren was born as Ralph Rueben Lifshitz in The Bronx, New York to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants from Belarus. According to Forbes Magazine, Ralph Lauren is worth 1.9 billion dollars, is the 209th wealthiest person in the world and the 88th richest in America.

Howard Stern: $300 million

Howard Stern

Q: What is Howard Stern’s net worth?

A: I would say about $300 million.

Howard has enough money for 300 lifetimes. Surely he could give a Palestinian family 100k to move to Denmark?

You can contact Howard at his official website, or on twitter.

Bill Maher – $13 Million

Bill Maher

Bill Maher, comedian and actor, was born on January 20, 1956 in New York City and has a net worth of $13 million. He began his career as a stand up comedian in the late 70s, and began to appear on the Johnny Carson and David Letterman show in 1982.

You can contact Bill on his official website, myspace or twitter.


Madonna Chess

Madonna was said to be worth 500 million before her divorce from Guy Ritchie. Madonna is not Jewish by blood, but she does practice a Jewish religion and has a home in Israel.

You can tell Madonna to pay the Palestians on facebook, myspace or youtube.