by Reb Akiva @ Mystical Paths
A commentor wrote, “If (you) really wanted to do something spiritually uplifting, how about sending food aid to the Palestinian concentration camps/ghettos that Israel's apartheid government created? Baby formula is a nice gift for those Palestinian mothers too lacking in calories to produce their own milk…
Wouldn't that be nice? I bet the Kotel would love it.”
So much ignorance in such a short note. Lets see if we can share a few FACTS…
Palestinian Authority Budget :
$52.5 million per month received in Arab donations.
$100 million per month received from Israel in “tax rebates”.
$166 million per month received in US and EU donations.
That’s $3.8 BILLION dollars a year. Population, their inflated figures = 2.1 million people.
If we do a little math, we find the Palestinian government is spending $1,820 per citizen per year.
Comparisons, GDP per capita -
Egypt = $2,932
Syria = $2,803
Philippines = $2,345
Honduras = $2,162
Nigeria = $1,522
Pakistan = $1,199
Kenya = $833
Palestine = $2,112
So Palestinians are living better than the people of Kenya, Pakistan and Nigeria. They live similar to Honduras and the Philippines, and only slightly less well than their “brothers” in Syria and Egypt.
Ok, how about life expectancy? The “poor” Palestinians must be showing themselves by dying earlier, right?
Average Life Expectancy…
Saudi Arabia – 72.8 years
Jordan – 72.5 years
Brazil – 72.4 years
Morocco – 71.2 years
Honduras – 70.2 years
and the “poor starving” people of Palestine?
Palestine – 73.4 years !!!!
So the “poor starving” people of Palestine are outliving the OIL RICH kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the stable Arab nation of Jordan, the economically exploding nation of Brazil, and the long term stable kingdom of Morocco!!!!
Ok, last statistic – infant mortality. Infant mortality is perhaps the KEY statistic to whether a country is poor or starving.
Infant Mortality – deaths per 1,000 live births, smaller is MUCH better…
Saudi Arabia – 20.02 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Lebanon – 25.49 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Philippines – 26.48 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Brazil – 28.28 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Honduras – 31.71 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Iran – 32.84 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Turkey – 33.64 infant deaths per 1,000 births
Kenya – 67.80 infant deaths per 1,000 births
So how are the “poor starving” children of Palestine doing?
Palestine – 22.19 infant deaths per 1,000 births
The Palestinians have a better infant survival rate than Kenya, Turkey, Iran, Honduras, Brazil, the Philippines and Lebanon.
…NOT SO “POOR”, NOT SO “STARVING”.
Propaganda is rarely reality. Next time take a moment and check.