In the book, Records of Dispossession: Palestinian Refugee Property and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, it recounts a conversation Weitz (the appointee for the Israeli commission/study) and Berncastle about why they differ on the uncultivable Negev land. The reason mentioned is that in the “Village Statistics” listed said land as Palestinian because it wasn’t registered by Jews or the government. Since the Palestinians haven’t registered it either, it should be listed as government land. As proof, Weitz cited the fact that the government didn’t levy any taxes on this land. It should also be mentioned that many Negev Bedouins stayed and got title to the land – but not all as can be seen by recent events.
It should also be mentioned that Palestinians didn’t control the West Bank and Gaza between 1948 and 1967 – as misrepresented in the 3rd map.
Additionally, the change in definition of the colors between the first map and the rest is disingenuous. Not all Israelis are Jews. 20 plus percent are Arab, aka, Palestinian. And aren’t Jews who held Palestinian passports during the British mandate also Palestinian? Was Ben-Gurion a Palestinian?