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Setting it Straight

Aussie blogger Darp Hau quotes the offensive artwork I blogged about earlier this year, which conveys the following “facts”:

Since the creation of Israel in 1948

 

200,000 Palestinians have been killed
5,000,000 refugees have been created
21,000 square kilometers of land have been annexed
385 towns and villages have been destroyed
200,000 settlements have been built
300 billion military dollars have been spent
100+ WMDs have been manufactured
65 UN resolutions have been ignored

Darp has this to say about it:

Whilst I agree with the message conveyed in the artwork linked above…I really think it could have been put across in a less provocative way.

Darp prides himself on being educated about the facts behind the Middle East conflict..so allow me to further his education by debunking many of these so-called facts, with which he agrees. (In order to prevent Darp from avoiding the issues, I have endeavoured to quote only sources that cannot be considered “pro-Israel”)

 

200,000 Palestinians have been killed

 

Independent analyses by SIPRI, B’Tselem, and other agencies indicate that no more than 20,000 Palestinians have been killed by the IDF since 1948 (less than the number of Israelis killed during this period). Far short of the quoted figure of 200,000. So I think your characterization of the 200,000 figure as being “probably a tad rich” qualifies for understatement of the year. 

 

Also bear in mind that all PLO Arab casualty figures include those PLO Arabs who blow themselves up or are otherwise killed while perpetrating terror attacks, PLO Arabs used as human shields by the terrorists, as well as those killed in car accidents, or by their brethren, but used to inflate the casualty figures.

 

5,000,000 refugees have been created

 

UNRWA states a figure closes to 4,000,000 – about a million less than the above figure. But even so, UNRWA includes in its definition of a refugee those who are “descendants of persons who became refugees in 1948.” Which makes it the most unique definition of a refugee I have ever seen. If you do not count the descendants, the figure is less than a million.

 

Also bear in mind that many of the PLO Arabs who left in 1948 did so at the behest of their leaders. Don’t believe me?

“Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return” – Haled al-Azm, Syrian Prime Minister 1948 and 1949

21,000 square kilometers of land have been annexed

 

But Israel’s total land area is approximately 21,000 square kilometers. So I guess, Darp, that you are saying Israel’s entire existence is invalid?

 

200,000 settlements have been built

 

More like a few hundred. But good guess, Darp..you were only three 0’s off.

 

[I have trackbacked to Darp’s post..so he has the opportunity to respond]

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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