Mar. 23, 2018
If You Look at the Data, Life Keeps Improving in the Palestinian Territories – Jonah Cohen
Nobel laureate Jose Saramago not long ago claimed that “what is happening in Palestine is a crime we can put on the same plane as what happened at Auschwitz.” But “genocide” isn’t merely a matter of opinion; it’s measurable.
At the end of the Six-Day War in 1967, when Israel took over the territories from Jordan, the average Palestinian in the West Bank and Gaza expected to live just 49 years, according to a UN report. Since 1984, Palestinians have lived an average of 75 years. That’s not only higher than the global average, but longer than the life expectancy in many Arab and South American countries – and even in some European countries. Israeli Arabs, meanwhile, have the highest life expectancy in the Muslim world.
Next time a commentator starts to catastrophize about Israel, cheer them up with truths of increasing Palestinian life expectancy, declining infant mortality, growing populations, improved water conditions, amazing literacy, and comparatively low casualty rates. “Relative to population size,” says Israeli journalist Ben-Dror Yemini, “more Palestinians have died in traffic accidents than in violent clashes with Israel.” The writer is communications director for the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA). (Weekly Standard)