Map of the Day: The iPhone and the Olive Tree

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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict transcends countless generations, and now it's coming to 4G.


An iPhone app called Fact on the Ground maps out Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank. It's produced by a group called Americans for Peace Now, which is a "pro-peace, pro-Israel" non-profit organization. 

Maps are a fascinating part of Middle East history. Most borders in the region are arbitrary lines drawn in the desert by the French and the English, and Israel's borders are even more complex. Each Middle Eastern map is a political statement in and of itself, and the APN one is no different. 

Using the iPhone to map out the age-old land conflict is a perfect illustration of what Tom Friedman described as the dichotomy of the Lexus and the olive tree in his 1999 book.  Now, if AT&T could get some decent reception, people might actually get to use it.


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Patrick Ottenhoff attends Georgetown McDonough School of Business in the Class of 2012. He previously served as a project manager in the Public Affairs Practice of New Media Strategies and was a staff writer for National Journal Group. Patrick has been writing The Electoral Map blog since 2007. As the name implies, the blog covers news and commentary at the intersection of politics and geography, but it also analyzes the stories, people, culture, sports, and food behind the maps and the votes. Patrick is a native Virginian and graduate of Union College in New York. You can follow The Electoral Map on Twitter and Facebook, and follow Patrick on YouTube.
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