Gaza by the Numbers: Who the People are, how They got There

By Juan Cole

Population of Palestinians of Gaza: 1.7 million

Number of Palestinians in Gaza whose families were expelled as refugees from their homes in what is now southern Israel: 1.2 million

Number of Palestinians in Gaza still living in the 8 recognized refugee camps, “which have one of the highest population densities in the world”: over 500,000

Compensation Palestinians of Gaza have received for the billions of dollars of property taken from them by Israelis in Beersheva, Sderot, etc.: $0

Years since Israel allowed Palestinians of Gaza to export what they produce: 7

Unemployment in Gaza as a result of Israeli blockade on civilians: 38.5%

Estimated unemployment rate in US during the Great Depression: 25%

Percentage of children in Gaza suffering from acute malnutrition: 13.2%

Rate of anemia in Palestinian Children in Gaza: 18.9%

Percentage of water in Gaza that is potable: 10%

Years, according the the UN, before Gaza becomes “uninhabitable”: 6

Number of airports in Gaza rendered inoperable by Israeli airstrikes: 1

Number of airports working in Gaza: 0

Number of ports allowed by Israelis to operate on Gaza’s Mediterranean coast: 0


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10 Responses

  1. And we are told Israel is our BFF in the middle east. This is nothing short of oppression. Good for the Presbyterian church for boycotting industries who do business with Israel.

  2. The Netanyahu government is being opportunistic with the three teens’ murders. They jumped at any excuse to escalate tension with Hamas right when Hamas and Fatah had reached an accord. We hardly hear about the actual culprits of the three murders; we only hear irresponsible cries for “revenge”.

  3. Back in 2007 I heard a statistic that Gaza was the second poorest state in the world next to Zambia.

    They have no representation in the United Nations and the U.N. has done little to enforce against Israeli war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the IDF as found in the Goldstone Commission report.

  4. A fact I use to help explain the grotesque Occupation: When Israel “withdrew” from Gaza in August 2005, Jews constituted 0.6 per cent of the population (as approximately 8,000 Jewish settlers and 1.5 million Palestinians lived in Gaza); and, Israel and Jewish settlers controlled 25% of the territory, 40% of the arable land and a disproportionate share of the scarce water resources.
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  5. Number of Israeli Soldiers and Civilians Killed or Wounded in All Wars Between 1948 and 1997 Which was Established in 1948 by The United Nations = 95,093.

  6. thank you for the informative article. unfortunately many people around the world are not aware of what’s happening in the Gaza in particular and Palestine in general. the misleading media such as the BBC present Israel as victim to airstrikes from Gaza.

  7. The following is a comment from CiF that seems appropriate here:

    “Ethnic Cleansing is defined as the mass expulsion or killing of members of one ethnic or religious group in an area by those of another.
    What exactly don’t you understand here?

    “We must use terror, assassination, intimidation, land confiscation, and the cutting of all social services to rid the Galilee of its Arab population.”
    – David Ben-Gurion, May 1948, to the General Staff.
    From Ben-Gurion, A Biography, by Michael Ben-Zohar, Delacorte, New York 1978.

    “Spirit the penniless population across the frontier by denying it employment… Both the process of expropriation and the removal of the poor must be carried out discreetly and circumspectly.”
    – Theodore Herzl, founder of the World Zionist Organization, speaking of the Arabs of Palestine, “Complete Diaries,” June 12, 1895 entry

    “The blood of the Jewish people is loved by the Lord; it is therefore redder and their life is preferable.”
    – Rabbi Yitzhak Ginsburg, head of the Kever Yossev Yeshiva (school of Talmud) in Nablus

    “Jewish villages were built in the place of Arab villages. You do not even know the names of these Arab villages, and I do not blame you because geography books no longer exist. Not only do the books not exist, the Arab villages are not there either. Nahlal arose in the place of Mahlul; Kibbutz Gvat in the place of Jibta; Kibbutz Sarid in the place of Huneifis; and Kefar Yehushua in the place of Tal al-Shuman. There is not a single place built in this country that did not have a former Arab population.”
    – David Ben Gurion, quoted in The Jewish Paradox, by Nahum Goldmann, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1978, p. 99″

  8. Israelis and Palestinians need to stop fighting and killing each other. They share the same enemies; anti semites in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

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