The two sets of maps intend to look at the boundaries related to Jerusalem. The city can be seen as one being torn apart by differences, but also a combination of different tribes coexisting to form a larger entity, depending on whether one believes official boarders or the settlement distribution more important as constituents of the city. For Jerusalem both play significant roles indicating the area an individual should stay, and sometimes it can be a matter of life and death.
The first map is from 1883 indicating the main settlements within Jerusalem. The main settlements were the Jewish, Christian, and Muslims, grouped by the colors of on the map. The distinction was not clear to start with, but it became the basis of division during British occupation, when these boundaries were drawn clear.
The second map shows the modern settle settlements in eastern Jerusalem. Compare to the old city, the pattern of Israeli and Palestinian settlements are more fragmented, and seems to be much more mixed with each other.
The two maps show the change in boarder of Israel and Palestine from 1947 to 2013. From the original plan in 1947, Jerusalem belongs to neither Israel nor Palestine, but a city of independent rule. However after wars and fights between Israel and its Arabic neighbors, the city was claimed capital of Israel, and the country’s boarder extends to meet the state. Today the Israel-Palestine boarder is heavily armed from both sides and although once a connected area, people on either side of the boarder are restricted from crossing. Although agreed that prayers in the mosques within the old city wall should be allowed by both parties, people on Palestinian boarder are from time to time banned from entering under Israeli army control.