Joumana Al Jabri, Ahmad Barclay, Conor McNally, Ramzi Jaber
Organisation and country:
Visualizing Impact, Lebanon
The mainstream media portrays Israel and Palestine as two distinct entities in conflict, governed by two separate authorities. In reality, the Israeli Ministry of the Interior controls the entire population of Israel, Jerusalem, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip through its determination of ID status. The five different ID statuses enforce a hierarchy of rights within this territory, while excluding refugees entirely. The ID system underpins a number of institutionalised policies and practices of discrimination, including the 2003 Israeli Citizenship and Entry Law, which currently threatens to separate 16,000 Palestinian spouses and families and deprives them of rights such as residency, health care, family unification, education, and freedom of movement. The UN has condemned the law as racially discriminatory.
Visualizing Palestine developed its ‘Identity Crisis’ visual to raise awareness in the run up to the Knesset’s 2014 vote on the Entry Law. Released in Arabic, English, and Hebrew, the visual particularly targets rights defenders in Israel, Palestine, and internationally. It aims to generate awareness about the deeper inequalities that underscore the Palestinian-Israeli issue. ‘Identity Crisis’ was published on Nakba Day, the 66th anniversary of the displacement of 750,000 Palestinians and the destruction of over 500 Palestinian villages. It was disseminated through social media and traditional, reaching over 60,000 viewers on Facebook alone. Mic republished it in a feature and it has also been used in offline advocacy and educational efforts.
Final vote count - 150