Blue Dots

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In addition to ‘Sudoku’ and ‘Angry Birds’  iPhone owners will now be able to install another ‘game’: “Facts on the Ground”.

Campaigners against Israeli settlements  have launched a new web and iPhone application that uses mapping technologies to publicise data that was previously hidden away,  inaccessible,  or simply too costly to distribute.

Our app will update constantly to reflect breaking events such as settlement or outpost construction, outpost removals, Palestinian violence or settler violence, making it a real-time tool that provides context to the ever-changing situation in Israel and the West Bank,” American Friends of  Peace Now (APN) said.

The app allows users to look at different layers and overlays. It uses a Google Earth-type format to display map, satellite, hybrid or terrain images. It divides the Judea and Samaria into areas A, B and C under the 1993 Oslo accords, in which the Palestinian Authority and Israelis exercise different levels of control.

It also shows how Israel’s borders relates to the pre-1967 border, which the Palestinians say must be the basis for a long-term peace settlement.  Some 400,000 Israelis live in more than 200 settlements in Judea and Samaria, a further 192,000 in settlements in East Jerusalem.

The app’s users can zoom in on dense clusters of settlements around Jerusalem and in Hebron, and single out large-scale maps of individual settlements. Clicking on a settlement shows the date it was established, its population, its size and other information.

The app is available for the iPhone and iPad and will soon be available for Android hand-held devices, APN said.  A Hebrew edition will be available within weeks.

Description from the AppStore

You can use this map to explore the data we have collected about settlement activity in the West Bank. The map is organized in several layers that show different kinds of data. In the Layer Selector, you can click on the headings to view different areas of the map with pre-selected sets of layers. Or, you can turn on or off individual layers to customize your view.

When you select an individual settlement, we’ll show you the data that we’ve collected about it, such as the year it was established and its population.

When we post news stories about events in the West Bank, we’ll include a link that takes you directly to the location. You can then explore the area so you can understand the news in context.

Some customers reviews

This is such a helpful application. I always wanted to know how much of the Judea and Samaria (false name: West Bank) is settled by its rightful owners THE JEWISH PEOPLE and how much of it is still occupied by Arabs (false name: Palestinians). Now this application will shed some light on the progress. I only wish that we can see all of the Judea and Samaria in BLUE dots. People make no mistake Israel is occupied by Arabs under the international law and U.S. law. The Balfour Declaration that was incorporated in Article 22 of the Covenant of the League of Nations the predecessor of the United Nations. It became a binding treaty in international law.

There are no features, can’t even search by names.  Navigation is all over the place and info is scarce.

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