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Yep, we are really bad at it.
Mariam Amash of the Arab-Israeli village of Jisr a-Zarka died Saturday morning. According to the Interior Ministry’s population registry, she was 124 years old. The listing was based on a birth certificate issued by Turkish authorities who ruled the region at the time.
Amash, whose identification card states that she was born on “00.00.1888,” had 10 children of her own and some 300 descendants.
In an interview she gave Ynet seven months ago, Amash said “I’m 124 years old and my identification card says I was born in 1888. Unfortunately, I do not know the exact date, so at the end of each year my family surprises me with a party and gifts.”
Mariam was very well-known throughout the entire Arab sector, and her family said people came from all over the world, as well as from Jewish schools in Israel, to hear her stories.
If Amash was in fact 124 years old at the time of her death, that would make her the oldest women ever documented. Officially, Jeanne Louise Calment, a French supercentenarian, had the longest confirmed human lifespan in history, living to the age of 122 years, 164 days.
Dickie Sliverstein adds: This post is nothing but Supercentenarian-washing. You mock, hasbarita, but how did she die? This woman slipped through the cracks, so Netanyahu and company offed her!
Update: And another one!
Update by Judge Dan: Slow news day! Jodi Rudoren tweets this story from the Palestinian Al-Ayyam site, along with the up-front anti-Israel rhetoric. FYI, Jisr a-Zarka can trace its ancestors to Egyptians and Beduins settling in the area in the mid 19th century. After the Zionist bodies dried the swamps and eradicated the malaria there, PICA gave them land that they purchased as gratitude for helping these efforts.
Al Ayyam: Hajja Miriam Hamdan Ammash, oldest woman inworldw/ID saying she was 124, died in a Palestinian village inside Israel
— Jodi Rudoren (@rudoren) December 23, 2012