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Wednesday, 27 June, 2001, 03:57 GMT 04:57 UK
'Map of life' for Israeli settlers
West Bank settlers from the Ofra settlement marching in January 2001
Settlers have been targeted by Palestinian militants
By Barbara Plett in Jerusalem

An Israeli map maker has published a road atlas marking danger spots for Jews travelling in the West Bank and Gaza.

It is meant for settlers who live in Israeli-occupied territory that the Palestinians want for an independent state.

The Israeli publishing company Carta calls it a "map of life".

It is custom-made for Jewish settlers who want to avoid bullets.

The Hebrew map marks army clinics and emergency stations in the West Bank and Gaza.

BBC map describing Jewish settlements
Source of map: BBC
It has special symbols for dangerous roads - spots where Palestinian militants have fired on settlers and roads that should be avoided at all costs - and it recommends alternative routes.

Settlements appear in blue, and Palestinian cities in black.

The map has a tiny but motivated market. Some 200,000 Jewish settlers live among three million Palestinians on Israeli-occupied territory.

Their communities are illegal under international law.

Some 30 settlers have been shot dead on West Bank and Gaza roads by Palestinian gunmen over the past eight months - the Palestinians seeing them as legitimate targets.

The map does not mark areas where Israeli settlers and soldiers have killed Palestinians or damaged their property.

Nor does it detail the tortured routes that Palestinians have to take to get around new security measures that keep them off the main roads.

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