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If Israel and Gaza were somewhere else

What area would be under missile range if Israel and Gaza were your neighbors.

November 21, 2012

Decade after decade, the situation in the Middle East, and especially in the Gaza region, still remains bound to violence, destruction and loss of innocent lives. The recent attacks are but another sad chapter of a political crisis that seems to be unsolvable, despite the international efforts and the worldwide cry for peace.

At the same time, for many people there’s no way to escape that dangerous feeling of ‘that’s something happening far away from here”. Everybody has a daily routine, their set of worries, and local news and events usually take priority, when it comes to think about some issue and act.

A new interactive map created by San Francisco-based design studio Stamen and powered by OpenStreetMap, published on Quartz , offers the possibility of  bringing  – virtually – the current war scenario in Gaza and Israel closer to you.

(image: Stamen | Quartz)

Using a similar ‘cartographic mixture’ approach seen on BBC Dimensions and MapFrappe, the map allows you to drag the range of the Hamas rockets to anywhere in the world.

Where would rockets land if Gaza were in your backyard
(image: Stamen | Quartz)

From the site:

Hamas rockets fired from the Palestinian enclave of Gaza can reach up to 47 miles, far enough to strike both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, according to a map recently released by the Israeli Foreign Ministry. (Israel’s anti-rocket system Iron Dome has already shot down at least two of these longer-range rockets, known as the Fajar 5.). But what if the rockets were fired from somewhere else in the world?

Other media outlets have developed interactive resources, like The New York Times, Al Jazeera, The Guardian and others. We’ll be sure to mention them in our next edition of Interactive Inspiration, so feel free to suggest other graphics to add to the list.


Links: Quartz – Where would rockets land if Gaza were in your backyard?

Written by Tiago Veloso

Tiago Veloso is the founder and editor of Visualoop and Visualoop Brasil . He is Portuguese, currently based in Bonito, Brazil.