I’ll keep this simple for you. The Palestinian population is growing. That means there are more Palestinians this year than there were last year. And there were more last year than there were the previous year, in which there were more than there were the year before that. Do you see the pattern here?
In fact, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (hmm, sounds like a Zionist front group to me) the Palestinian populations’ growth rates of both Gaza and Judea & Samaria are around 2.94 – 3.44%. (We can discuss percentages at a later time, once you grasp the concepts of “greater than and less than”, addition, and subtraction.) The 2013 estimated Palestinian population is over 4.4 million. Back in 1948, there were only a bit over 1.1 million Arabs, who hadn’t yet been relabeled as “Palestinians”. See? There are more now than there were then, the exact opposite of what happens during a genocide.
To further clarify the issue, let’s look at some actual cases of genocide. In 1948, there were over 850,000 Jews living in Arab/Muslim nations. As of 2011, there were only about 7,500 left. Notice the huge drop in Jewish population, just as if there had been genocide. In Mohammed’s time, there were Jews living on the Arabian Peninsula. And then there weren’t. Genocide.
Let us also consider the Christian populations of Muslim nations. They are shrinking. Christians are being murdered, persecuted, forced to convert to Islam, and generally being the victims of an Islamic inspired genocide. The number of Christians in Muslim lands is shrinking. Again, using our math skills, that means that their numbers are smaller than they once were, the opposite of what’s been happening to the Palestinian population.
*laces fingers together*
My family was part of those Jewish populations in 1948 in Arab/Muslim countries, notably Iraq (also another Muslim country, but I won’t actually get into that because I don’t want to waste that much time on you). I will tell you why my family does not reside in Iraq: starting in the 1930s, there was a rise in anti-Semitism largely due to Nazi influence that later fed into Iraqi Arab nationalism. I want to assure you that it was entirely the fault of the Iraqis (and the Nazis, of course), and I highly doubt there was even one Palestinian that came to Iraq to drive us out of there. Really, unless you can show me some decent records of that happening, then please stop using my family’s history as some sort of cheap bargaining point for your racist diatribe, all right?
The population in West Bank and Gaza together is considered to be around 4.4 million; however, this is not the same as the population of Palestinians living in Palestinian territories. Actually, 17% of West Bank’s population (we’ll put that at 2.8 million) is Israeli Jewish; that’s about 476,000 Israeli Jews, which puts it down to 2.3 million. That makes the Palestinian population approximately 3.9 million rather than 4.4 million. That is compared to around 11 million Palestinians worldwide. Combined with the 1.3 million living in modern definitions of Israel, that equals only 47% of the Palestinian population actually living in their homeland (without considering Israel, it’s 35%). 4.3 million Palestinians are registered as refugees (not including internally displaced refugees)—or somewhere around 40% of the entire Palestinian population.
The reason that there are so many more Palestinians living in the Palestinian territories is because prior to 1948, those ‘Palestinian territories’ encompassed a much broader range of land. The Arab population in 1948 was 1.2 million, but it’s important to note that Palestinian society at this point was much different than it was today—all populations tend to grow quickly with the advent of medical care, larger distributions of water, urbanization, etc. (even with the limited access that Palestinians are today given by Israel). That does not make them any less the victims of ethnic cleansing (Palestinians and non-Palestinians alike have contested the use of genocide and debated about how applicable the term is, what its meaning is, etc. so you can feel free to go ask a Palestinian about that—either way, ethnic cleansing is not debatable). If it wasn’t for Israel, then West Bank and Gaza would not be so crowded and Palestinians would be able to spread out over the land and have access to the same rights that Israelis do. That is simple fact.
Moreover, Israel is prosecuting Palestinian Christians; indigenous Christian populations all over the Middle East and North Africa are targeted, but this is not the fault of Palestinians (especially considering that 6% of Palestinians are Christian, comprising a significant minority).
tl;dr Palestinians are not responsible for the actions of all Muslims, for someone who’s so condescending about math you clearly cannot do it yourself, and you’re a racist
Ads Against Apartheid (AAA) launched these brilliant ads on the Boston subway system this week.
“The ads simply state the facts and are backed up with citations from credible human rights and international organizations, including the United Nations,” said Chadi Salamoun, the president of Ads Against Apartheid, who added that “if the ads are shocking, that’s because the reality on the ground is shocking.”
Richard Colbath-Hess, a Jewish-American faculty member at the University of Massachusetts, and the co-founder of Ads Against Apartheid, noted that “American tax dollars help the Israeli government maintain an incredibly brutal military occupation, which has denied the Palestinian people their basic rights for decades. These ads show what Israel’s occupation and apartheid really look like, and it is important for Americans to see that.”