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Take the Palestine Quiz today!


A guest post by Geary

Please take the following quiz on topics regarding Palestinian quality of life, demography and history, and test your knowledge with the answers provided below.

Questions

1.) Rank these countries according to life expectancy (longest first).

Brazil, Turkey, Egypt, Gaza, Russia, & world average

2.) Rank these conflicts (since 1950) in terms of number of casualties.

Burma/Myanmar; Russia-Chechnya; Arab-Israeli conflict; Zimbabwe civil disorders; Iranian Revolution; Repression of Kurds (Turkey,Iraq,Iran);  Sudan civil wars 

3.) How many Palestinians were treated in Israeli hospitals in 2010?

None; 180; 1,800; 18,000; or 180,000

4.) Which of the following organs of Palestinian society are under “occupying” Israeli control?

Education system; The Judiciary; The Press; or None of the above

5.) Rank these countries by rate of economic growth (GDP, 2009 figures)

Australia, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Palestinian Territories, Hong Kong, and Brazil 

6.) The UN Human Rights Council has passed more resolutions against Israel over the Palestine question than against all other nations combined.

Which of these countries are not currently serving on the UNHRC?

Sweden, Russia, Pakistan, Canada, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China

7.) How much of Gaza’s electricity is supplied by Israel?

None, 10%, 33%, 50%, or 70%

8.) Rank these countries in order of family home ownership.

United States, Italy, Palestinian territories, France, Germany, and Switzerland

9.) Since Arafat launched the 2nd Intifada War against Israel, the last decade has been by far the most costly in Palestinian lives in the history of Israel-Palestinian relations. How many Palestinians have died in conflict with Israel since 2000?

Less than 10,000; 10,000 – 20,000; 20,000 – 30,000; 30,000 – 40,000; or more than 40,000 

10.) In the Second Intifada War against Israel, how many Palestinians were killed by other Palestinians (the “Intra-fada”)?

70; 170; 370; or 570

ANSWERS

1.) Rank these countries according to life expectancy (longest first)

i)                 Gaza Strip – 73.4 years

ii)                Egypt – 72

iii)               Brazil – 72

iv)               Turkey – 72

v)                World average – 66.6

vi)               Russia – 66

So you can expect to enjoy an extra 16 months if you were born on the Gazan side of the Rafa Crossing than if you were born on the Egyptian side.

The average West bank Palestinian does better still, at 74.5, which may well be explained in part by Question 3.

And given that the average Gazan lives longer than the average Turk, perhaps those ‘humanitarian’ flotillas should be heading in the opposite direction.

Sources, here and here.

2.) Rank these conflicts (since 1950) in terms of number of casualties.

i)  Sudan civil wars – 1.9 million casualties

ii)  Repression of Kurds – 300,000

iii) Russia–Chechnya – 140,000

iv) Burma/Myanmar – 130,000

v)  Sri Lanka – 8,000

vi)  Iranian Revolution – 80,000

vii) Zimbabwe – 60,000

viii) Arab-Israeli conflict  52,000

In fact the Arab-Israeli conflict comes just 49th in the list of the worst conflicts of the last sixty years, many of which are, shamefully, completely forgotten or ignored by the western press.

Source

3.) How many Palestinians were treated in Israeli hospitals in 2010?

i)                  None

ii)                 180

iii)                1,800

iv)                18,000

v)                180,000

These included many thousands of patients from Gaza, despite its government’s constant attacks on Israeli citizens.

Israeli hospitals would be able to treat many more Palestinians if security was not an issue. Before the 2000 Intifada was declared, any Palestinian could simply arrive at an Israeli hospital and be treated.

Source

4.) Which of the following organs of Palestinian society are under “occupying” Israeli control?

i)                  Education system

ii)                 The judiciary

iii)                The press

v)                None of the above

 Compare this to, say, the complete lack of autonomy of the Kurds and other minorities in Turkey.

5.) Rank these countries by rate of economic growth (GDP, 2009 figures)

i)                  Palestinian Territories (8%)

ii)                 Brazil  (7.5%)

iii)                Hong Kong  (6.8%)

iv)                Egypt  (5.1%)

v)                 Israel  (4.6%)

vi)                Germany  (3.5%)

vii)               Australia  (2.7%)

After the economic depression which accompanied Arafat’s Intifada War on Israel, and after the building of the Security Fence to protect Israelis from terrorist aggression and restore security to the West Bank, things are definitely looking brighter for the Palestinian economy.

Sources: Herehere, and here.

6.) The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has passed more resolutions against Israel over the Palestine question than against all other nations combined.

Which of these countries are not currently serving on the UNHRC?

Sweden and Canada are not on the UNHRC, whilst China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and Pakistan are.

Source.

7.) How much of  Gaza’s electricity is supplied by Israel?

i)                  none

ii)                 10%

iii)                33%

iv)                50%

v)                70%

Israel supplies over 70%, Egypt a ‘generous’ 5%, with the remaining 25% coming from the Strip’s lone plant.

Source.

8.) Rank these countries in order of family home ownership.

i)                 Palestinian territories  84%

ii)                 Italy 78%

iii)                United States 65%

iv)                Sweden 60%

v)                 France  54%

vi)                Germany 43%

Sources, here and here.

9.) Since Arafat launched his Intifada War against Israelis, the last decade has been by far the most costly in Palestinian lives in the history of Israel-Palestinian relations.

How many Palestinians have died in conflict with Israel since 2000?

i) Less than 10,000 (Around 6,000, combatants and non-combatants.)

ii) 10,000 – 20,000 

iii) 20,000 – 30,000

iv) 30,000 – 40,000

v) More than 40,000 

Sources, here and here.

To put this in perspective: 20,000 are feared dead in one month in 2009 of the Sri Lanka conflict

Between 50,000 and 70,000 have died in the same decade in Chechnya, whilst 35,000 people have died inMexico’s drugs wars since 2005.

10.) In the Second Intifada War against Israel, how many Palestinians were killed by other Palestinians (the “Intra-fada”)?

i)    None

ii)    70

iii)   170

iv)   370

v)    570

Source.

Or, more precisely, 557 according to B’Tselem. For some reason, few, if any, international protests were heard on such Palestinian-on-Palestinian killings.

YOUR SCORE

8-10         Well-informed. You are probably a regular visitor to CiF Watch.

4-7            You often uncritically accept the mainstream media’s coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.

0-3            You likely read the Guardian as a serious newspaper.

48 replies »

  1. 0-3 You likely read the Guardian as a serious newspaper.

    That would probably be berchmans.

    Or edwardrice. Where is edwardrice? Has The Guardian/CiF finally cancelled him?

  2. Since Arafat launched the 2nd Intifada War against Israel

    My question to this website is: how can you accuse the Guardian of bias while posting asertions like the above as if they were the undisputed truth?

    That kind of comment compromizes your credibility.

    • Pretzel, sweetheart.

      Are you seriously trying to say that the 2nd Intifada War would not have happened if Arafart had not approved it?

      He might not have planned its every move but he was in on the planning and gave the go-ahead to cover up his abject cowardice at Camp David.

      • Geary, I have on file a personality profile of Arafat which has him as a consummate liar and narcissist. The other parties to Oslo, notably the Americans, are on record as saying that he could rarely finish a sentence without lying, and his own staff had to coax him to act in his own best interests by using paradoxical instruction because they knew he would do entirely the opposite of what they advised.

        Pretzelberg must be feeling bored which is why he’s trying to start an argument in such a silly way.

    • So what do you imagine the truth to be and on what do you base it? Sneering isn’t enough Pretzelberg, try entering into the spirit of things and give us the facts as you see them togeher with a respectable link, so that we can disagree with you (maybe you’ll even be able to convince us)

  3. Geary AKBAR!

    pretzels, Happy Nakba to you and the staff and dwindling subscribers of Der Guardian!

    • Haven’t you heard, honey? Been in a coma for a while? There is no occupation. In 1967 Jerusalem was liberated from the illegal occupation of Jordan, thank God, Jordan had to relinquish Judea and Samaria on which it had been illegally squatting for nineteen years, while Egypt was chased out of Gaza, never to return.

      Read the proper documents, honey, such as the San Remo resolution. Of course, we all know that the Arabs did not live up to their side of the bargain, which resulted in massive pogroms against innocent Jews and the forced exile of upwards of a million of them, whereas the Israelis have been scrupulous in their observance of the rights of the Arabs – in fact, the Israelis have been far, far more generous to the Arabs than the Brits, the French, the UN, or the other Arabs. And far, far better than they deserved, I might add.

      Time to wake up in the real world, honey, not your anti-Semitic fairyland.

    • Why don’t you.

      I have always felt that these obsessive criticizers of the one Western Liberal Democracy in the Middle East need to spen a few days wandering around Israel. Into the Arab areas to view the ‘deprived’ status that they have.

      It can be like a splash of blue ice-cold water on peachy flesh.

      • Cognitive dissonance would probably blow moistly’s mind JerusalemMite. In fact, I am really delighted with Geary’s quiz BECAUSE of the cognitive dissonance it’ll cause to the anti-Israel obsessed.

        Even if they entrench still more rigidly behind their delusions, some of Geary’s information will have been bedded in. All we have to do is wait…. and feed it with more such honest data which will exacerbate the dissonance until ……

    • Stop whinging heartless and do the Quiz.

      There are 100 place on Earth worse than Palestine, some infinitely worse.

      I’ll go to ‘occupied’ Palestine, if you go to ‘free’ Syria, or Myanmar or Haiti.

      Or go and live among the Turkish Kurds or the Copts or the Palestinians in Lebanon if you want to express some solidarity with the oppressed.

      • moistly is tucked up in the UK which allows such people the freedom to spread their poison. He’d never dream of going, say, to Egypt, to stand in solidarity with the Coptic Christians against the rabble (too much of a coward?), or to Syria or anywhere else. Israel/Jew-hatred is easy from the comfort of your own home and even easier if you can believe every stupid thing you are told and are too lazy to check whether it’s true or not.

        And I’ll bet he didn’t realise there were Palestinians in Lebanon, much less want to protest about how they are treated by their fellow Muslims, eh moistly?

        Let’s hear from you about how you feel about the treatment of Palestinians by the Lebanese, see http://www.countercurrents.org/marsden050607.htm

    • mostly harmless, as a suggestion, perhaps you should spend your next hols in a palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon and then we can compare notes.

      No right to property ownership. No right to work in the professions. No rights at all in fact. Go ponder.

  4. We are living under constant occupation,we are occupied with missiles fired from Gaza and South Lebanon courtesy of Hizballah,we are occupied with the threat of Iran and the rest of Israel’s peace loving neighbors wanting to dispose of us.

    We are constantly occupied with threats from palestinians who murder Israeli sleeping children and then boast about it…….And this is really just a tiny sample of what keeps occuping us.

  5. Brilliant Geary,you should be writing for the Guardian,bringing a bit of balance and class to that sad sour and miserable racist rag……………

  6. WOW. Seldom read the Guardian but my “brainwashed learning” via the British press would have led me to get many of these VERY wrong. Fortunately, I don’t follow subscribe to brainwashing.

    • Well, the Guardian certainly would, having thrown its weight behind lies as it has.

      I note that even moistly hasn’t disagreed with the answers.

  7. I also think that quiz should be posted on Twitter to counterbalance all the distorting news coverage on the Middle East.- I only fear that certain Guardian readers (the ones haunting the CIF Middle East pages with their comments) will just shut their eyes and click away, as soon as they are confronted with facts!

  8. Number 3 is wrong. Not all of the Arabs are terrorists, so the number of Palestinians treated in Israeli hospitals should be lower than the number of Arabs treated; unless one takes Palestinian to mean someone from Palestine, in which case the Jews and Druze must be added to the count.

    Shame on the IDF for having gotten this wrong in the first place.

  9. Which other group on earth besides the palestinians is so generously looked after.they get paid for doing nothing they spend their days in coffee shops,and theirs nights making babies.Many many babies.

    They fire missiles into Israel,they steal anything that they can can lay their hands on and shift it to the PA,Even the cars that the PA police were driving on were found to be stolen from Israel……

    What charming neighbors we have…….That wall needs to be tripled in height………

  10. having been to the west bank recently the problem seems not lack of anything but the daily humiliation of palestinians it could be described humiliation on an industrial scale.thats my impresion .talking to arabs the word humiliation was used a lot

    • All of their problems are self-inflicted. How can they be refugees from an Arab-instigated conflict that ended over 60 years ago.

      Time to put an end to UNRWA,