Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Lies, Damn Lies, Statistics and Demographics

How many Palestinians are there, and where? Yesterday we saw Juan Cole's fantasies; here's an article that purports to show that the official Palestinian census figures, published earlier this week, are not all that accurate either. The thesis presented here is that not only is the number declining, but there is a parallel rise in the birthrate of the Jews, and the end result is that demography is strengthening Jewish Israel at the moment, quite contrary to common wisdom.

I admit that I have no way of knowing who's right in this discussion, who's mistaken, and who's lying through their teeth.

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