Explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict through numbers

July 29, 2004

The number of Arab leaders who visited Jerusalem when it was under Arab rule (1948 to 1967) is...?


[Note by Tom Gross]

I attach a numerical analysis of the Middle East situation, compiled by US radio talk-show host Dennis Prager.

Although some of you may find this one-sided, it should nevertheless be sober thought for journalists on this list whose reporting has failed to reflect some of these unfortunate realities.

 

THE BBC'S SYMPATHETIC LOOK AT GAZA'S JEWS

Additional note:

I know from sources inside the BBC that my piece ("Living in a Bubble: The BBC's very own Mideast foreign policy" www.nationalreview.com/comment/gross200406181018.asp) has been read and discussed by the most senior editors at the BBC, including the overall head of news at BBC World.

Since its publication in June, there have been some small changes made to BBC Middle East coverage. For example, the much-listened to BBC world service radio has started mentioning on a more regular basis that those carrying out ethnic cleansing, systematic mass rape, and possibly genocide against Black African Sudanese are Arabs. Although the BBC is still deliberately downplaying who the perpetrators of these crimes are, its coverage is an improvement.

Now, the BBC has published what appears to be their most sympathetic ever portrait of Gaza's Jewish population:

"In pictures: Gaza settlers speak out"

news.bbc.co.uk/1/shared/spl/hi/picture_gallery/04/middle_east_gaza_settlers_speak_out/html/1.stm

It should be noted that as far as I can tell this photo essay appears so far only on the "UK edition" of the BBC's website, not the "World edition" which is read throughout much of the world outside the UK.

-- Tom Gross

 



THE NUMBER OF ARAB LEADERS WHO VISITED JERUSALEM WHEN IT WAS UNDER ARAB RULE IS.?

Explaining the Arab-Israeli conflict through numbers
By Dennis Prager
July 27, 2004

For the many readers who have requested a brief synopsis of the moral arguments in the Arab-Israeli conflict, I offer the following list of numerical data.

Number of times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Old Testament: over 700
Number of times Jerusalem is mentioned in the Koran: 0

Number of Arab leaders who visited Jerusalem when it was under Arab rule (1948 to 1967): 1

Number of Arab refugees who fled the land that became Israel: approximately 600,000
Number of Jewish refugees who fled Arab countries: approximately 600,000

Number of U.N. agencies that deal only with Palestinian refugees: 1
Number of U.N. agencies that deal with all the other refugees in the world: 1

Number of Jewish states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 3
Number of Arab or Muslim states that have existed on the land called Palestine: 0

Number of terrorist attacks by Israelis or Jews since 1967: 1
Number of terrorist attacks by Arabs or Muslims since 1967: thousands

Percentage of Jews who have praised the Jewish terrorist: approximately .1
Percentage of Palestinians who have praised Islamic terrorists: approximately 90

Number of Jewish countries: 1
Number of Jewish democracies: 1

Number of Arab countries: 19
Number of Arab democracies: 0

Number of Arab women killed annually by fathers and brothers in "honor killings": thousands
Number of Jewish women killed annually by fathers and brothers in "honor killings": 0

Number of Christian or Jewish prayer services allowed in Saudi Arabia: 0
Number of Muslim prayer services allowed in Israel: unlimited

Number of Arabs Israel allows to live in Arab settlements in Israel: 1,250,000
Number of Jews Palestinian Authority allows to live in Jewish settlements in Palestinian Authority: 0

Percentage of U.N. Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning an Arab country for human rights violations: 0
Percentage of U.N. Commission on Human Rights resolutions condemning Israel for human rights violations: 26

Number of U.N. Security Council resolutions on the Middle East between 1948 and 1991: 175
Number of these resolutions against Israel: 97
Number of these resolutions against an Arab state: 4

Number of Arab countries that have been members of the U.N. Security Council: 16
Number of times Israel has been a member of the U.N. Security Council: 0

Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning Israel: 322
Number of U.N. General Assembly resolutions condemning an Arab country: 0

Percentage of U.N. votes in which Arab countries voted with the United States in 2002: 16.6
Percentage of U.N. votes in which Israel voted with the United States in 2002: 92.6

Percentage of Middle East Studies professors who defend Zionism and Israel: approximately 1.
Percentage of Middle East Studies professors who believe in diversity on college campuses: 100

Percentage of people who argue that the Jewish state has no right to exist who also believe some other country has no right to exist: 0
Percentage of people who argue that of all the countries in the world, only the Jewish state has no right to exist and yet deny they are anti-Jewish: approximately 100

Number of Muslims in the world: more than 1 billion
Number of Muslim demonstrations against Islamic terror: approximately 2


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