Middle East Facts


Middle East Facts

1. During 20 years of Arab rule Palestinian male life expectancy grew
from 42 to 44. During the next 20 years of Israeli rule Palestinian
male life expectancy grew from 44 to 63.

2. During 20 years of Arab rule Palestinian female life expectancy
grew from 45 to 46. During the next 20 years of Israeli rule
Palestinian female life expectancy grew from 46 to 67.

3. During 20 years of Arab rule Palestinian infant mortality rate
decreased from 200 per thousand to 170 per thousand. During the next
20 years of Israeli rule Palestinian infant mortality rate decreased
from 170 per thousand to 60 per thousand.

4. During 20 years of Arab rule Palestinian crude death rate decreased
from 21 per thousand to 19 per thousand. During next 20 years of
Israeli rule Palestinian infant mortality rate decreased from 19 per
thousand to 6 per thousand.

5. Before 1967, when Israel’s rule began, only 113 hospitals had been
built in the territories. By the time of 1989 Israel had helped
establish more than three times that number to 387.

6. Before 1967 only 23 Mother & Child Centers had been established.
After 1989 about six times as many could be found. (135)

7. Malaria, which had existed in the territories before 1967 was
finally eliminated during the Israeli rule.

8. Israel also more than tripled the number of Palestinian teachers
and boosted the Palestinian educational system by establishing a
number of universities. Among those universities were the College of
Scientists (Abu Dis) – est. 1982, the College of Social Welfare (El
Bira) – est. 1979, the College of Religion (Beit Hanina) – est. 1978
and the Islamic College in Hebron- est.1971.

9. This was not the only effect Israeli rule had on the Palestinian
education system and the Palestinian people. Before 1967 the
percentage of illiterates on average had been 27.8% among men and
among women even higher at 65.1%. By 1983 Israel had helped reduce
illiteracy to only 13.5% among men and 38.9% among women.
Other Facts:

1. Nationhood and Jerusalem – Israel became a nation in 1312 B.C.E.,
two thousand years before the rise of Islam.

2. Arab refugees in Israel began identifying themselves as part of a
Palestinian people in 1967, two decades after the establishment of the
modern State of Israel.

3. Since the Jewish conquest in 1272 B.C.E. the Jews have had dominion
over the land for one thousand years with a continuous presence in the
land for the past 3,300 years.

4. Arabs have only had control of Israel twice – from 634 until the
Crusader invasion in June 1099, and from 1292 until the year 1517 when
they were dispelled by the Turks in their conquest.

5. For over 3,300 years, Jerusalem has been the Jewish capital.
Jerusalem has never been the capital of any Arab or Muslim entity.
Even when the Jordanians occupied Jerusalem, they never sought to make
it their capital, and Arab leaders did not come to visit.

6. Jerusalem is mentioned over 700 times in Tanach, the Jewish Holy
Scriptures. Jerusalem is not mentioned once in the Koran. There are
vague references to Jerusalem in the Hadiths – stories about Mohammed
– that he stopped his night journey (which the Koran explains took
place in a dream!) at the “farther mosque” (or “distant place”).
Muslims explain that this means “at the edge of the Temple mount”,
although no direct reference to Jerusalem or the Temple Mount is made.

7. King David established the city of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Mohammed never came to Jerusalem.

8. Jews pray facing Jerusalem. Some Muslims (i.e. those between Israel
and Saudi Arabia) pray with their backs toward Jerusalem.

9. Arab and Jewish Refugees – In 1948 the Arab refugees were
encouraged to leave Israel by Arab leaders promising to purge the land
of Jews. Sixty eight percent left without ever seeing an Israeli

10. The Jewish refugees were forced to flee from Arab lands due to
Arab brutality, persecution and pogroms.

11. The number of Arab refugees who left Israel in 1948 is estimated
to be around 630,000. The number of Jewish refugees from Arab lands is
estimated to be the same.

12. Arab refugees were INTENTIONALLY not absorbed or integrated into
the Arab lands to which they fled, despite the vast Arab territory.
Out of the 100,000,000 refugees since World War II, theirs is the only
refugee group in the world that has never been absorbed or integrated
into their own peoples’ lands. Jewish refugees were completely
absorbed into Israel, a country no larger than the state of New

13. The Arab – Israeli Conflict – The Arabs are represented by eight
separate nations, not including the Palestinians. There is only one
Jewish nation. The Arab nations initiated all five wars and lost.
Israel defended itself each time and won.

14. The P.L.O.’s Charter still calls for the destruction of the State
of Israel. Israel has given the Palestinians most of the West Bank
land, autonomy under the Palestinian Authority, and has supplied them
with weapons.

15. Under Jordanian rule, Jewish holy sites were desecrated and the
Jews were denied access to places of worship. Under Israeli rule, all
Muslim and Christian sites have been preserved and made accessible to
people of all faiths.

16. The U.N. Record on Israel and the Arabs – Of the 175 Security
Council resolutions passed before 1990, 97 were directed against

17. Of the 690 General Assembly resolutions voted on before 1990, 429
were directed against Israel.

18. The U.N was silent while 58 Jerusalem Synagogues were destroyed by
the Jordanians.

19. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians systematically desecrated
the ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives.

20. The U.N. was silent while the Jordanians enforced an
apartheid-like policy of preventing Jews from visiting the Temple
Mount and the Western Wall.


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