My wife is reading a Middle East travel book that was written in 1945 and belonged to my great-grandfather. It really is special that she is able to do this.
The photograph above is of a map that appears in the book at the start of the section on Palestine. It is fascinating to think that less than 70 years ago there was no nation of Israel on the map.
In light of the impending death of Ariel Sharon I think we should spare some thoughts for the grief and heartache suffered by the hundreds of thousands of Palestinian families who, in the decades that followed the publication of this map, were forcibly removed from their homes and have been living in an increasingly strict state of apartheid ever since.