Saturday, February 06, 2010

Palestine is to Israel as Oz is to Kansas

Test Your Palestine IQ

Daniel Pinner (

Answer the questions but don't check them until you are finished.
Check your score at the end.

1. As is well known, Palestine is the Holy Land for Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam. Palestine's sanctity in Islam is expressed
in the fact that the Koran mentions Palestine:

a) 1,034 times;

b) 837 times;

c) 408 times;

d) 1 time;

e) never. 2. Jerusalem is the third holiest city for Islam (after Mecca and
Medina). In honour of this status, the Koran refers to Jerusalem as:

a) Al-Kuds ("The Holy");

b) Al-Medina al-Kuds ("The Holy City");

c) Urusalim ("Jerusalem");

d) Al-Kibla al-Awalani ("The First Direction ");

e) By no name, because Jerusalem is never mentioned in the Koran.

3. The Dome of the Rock, on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, is one of
Islam's holiest shrines. In accordance with this sanctity, Moslems
pray on the Temple Mount:

a) facing the Dome of the Rock;

b) in the north-west section, to face the Dome and Mecca

c) standing facing the Dome of the Rock, kneeling facing Mecca;

d) facing the Dome of the Rock for certain prayers, Mecca for others;

e) kneeling facing Mecca, their backsides towards the Dome of the

4. The Jewish claim to the Holy Land is that God promised it to them.
Moses - the Jewish national leader - is quoted as saying: "O my
people! Remember the bounty of God upon you.and gave you that which
had not been given to anyone before you amongst the nations. O my
people! Enter the Holy Land which God has decreed for you". This
speech of Moses is recorded in:

a) the Book of Exodus;

b) the Book of Isaiah;

c) the Talmud;

d) the Midrash;

e) the Koran (Sura 5:20-21).

5. In popular literature, historical discussions, political debates,
and other forums, the Palestinians' standard claim is that they are:

a) the descendants of the Biblical Philistines (a European tribe
originating in Crete, who invaded the Holy Land in the early Biblical

b) the continuation of the Biblical Canaanites (a Hamatic tribe, in
perpetual warfare against the Philistines);

c) the descendents of the earliest Christians (i.e. Jews);

d) an integral part of the Arab nation (a Semitic nation originating
in Arabia, and entirely unconnected to the Philistines, the
Canaanites, and the Jews);

e) all of the above.

6. In the period of history that Palestine was an independent
country, its capital city was:

a) Jerusalem;

b) Jaffa;

c) Haifa;

d) Ramallah;

e) meaningless, because there was never in history an independent
country called Palestine, so it never had a capital city.

7. The earliest mention of a place called Palestine in history is:

a) in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Genesis, when God commanded
Abraham to go to Palestine;

b) in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Joshua, when the Israelites
conquered Palestine;

c) in a stone plaque dating from about 600 BCE, commemorating the
Babylonian conquest of Palestine;

d) in the New Testament;

e) in the year 135 CE, after the European Roman invaders defeated the
Jewish revolt in Judea, and re-named the province Palestine.

8. "There is no such country ! 'Palestine' is a
term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible.
'Palestine' is alien to us."

Who said these words?

a) Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, in a speech to the American
Zionist Organisation, 1972;

b) Moshe Dayan, Minister of Defence of Israel and former Chief of
Staff of the Israel Defence Forces, addressing the General Staff,

c) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, in his election
victory speech, 1996;

d) Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, in a speech
in 1981;

e) Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, addressing the British
Peel Commission, 1937.

9. "The 'Palestinian People' does not exist. The creation of a
Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against
the State of Israel."

Who said this?

a) Egyptian dictator, President Gamal Abdul Nasser, addressing the
Egyptian parliament, a month after the Six Day War, July 1967;

b) Jordanian King Hussein, a week before the Six Day War, May 1967;

c) Syrian dictator, President Hafez al-Assad, addressing the Arab
League, 1994;

d) Iraqi dictator President Saddam Hussein, addressing the Iraqi
nation in a televised speech, 2002;

e) Zahir Muhsein, executive member of the PLO, in an interview with
the Dutch newspaper Trouw, March 1977.

10. On the eve of Israel's independence in May 1948, approximately
600,000 Arabs lived in the areas that would soon become the State of
Israel. When the War of Independence was over (March 1949), 150,000
Arabs were still there. This is why the UNRWA (United Nations Relief
Works Agency) officially recognized that the number of Arab refugees

a) 450,000;

b) 600,000;

c) 850,000;

d) 1,000,000;

e) 1,300,000.

11. In June 1982, the Israel Defence Forces entered south Lebanon to
fight against the PLO, which had invaded Lebanon in 1975. The total
population in southern Lebanon was about 400,000, of whom vast numbers
- perhaps as many as 10% - fled northwards to escape the fighting.
UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) officially estimated
the number of refugees as:

a) 40,000;

b) 80,000;

c) 120,000;

d) 250,000;

e) 600,000.

12. The Palestine National Covenant (the constitution of the PLO)
states that "Palestine, with the boundaries it had during the
British Mandate, is an indivisible territorial unit" (Article 2).
77% of this "indivisible territorial unit" is today:

a) the State of Israel, and the remaining 23% is Judea and Samaria
(the "West Bank") and Gaza;

b) Israel (including Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, i.e. the "occupied
territories"), and the remaining 23% are the border areas of various
neighbouring Arab states;

c) Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (the "occupied territories"), and the
remaining 23% is divided between Israel and Jordan;

d) Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and the remaining 23% has been annexed
to the State of Israel;

e) The Kingdom of Jordan, and the remaining 23% is Israel (including
Judea, Samaria, and Gaza).

13. As its name suggests, the raison d'etre of the PLO (Palestine
Liberation Organisation) is to liberate Palestine. Accordingly, the
PLO has fought to establish its independent state in:

a) the whole of Israel, starting with Judea, Samaria, and Gaza (the
"occupied territories");

b) sovereign Israel alone, rejecting any claim to Judea, Samaria, and
Gaza (prior to the Six Day War);

c) Jordan (in the late 1960s and early 1970s)

d) Lebanon (from the mid-1970s until 1982);

e) All of the above.

14. The PLO's purpose, as they and their supporters make clear, is
to liberate the "occupied territories" which Israel captured in
the Six Day War (5th-10th June 1967). This claim is proven by the
historical fact that the PLO was founded:

a) in Ramallah, the biggest city in the West Bank, a month after the
Six Day War;

b) in Gaza City, which has traditionally been a centre of Palestinian
nationalism, on the first anniversary of the Six Day War;

c) as a response to the establishment of the first Israeli settlement
in Hebron in 1969;

d) on the 10th anniversary of the Six Day War, in June 1977, in

e) 3½ years before the Six Day War, on 1st January 1964, in Cairo
(the capital of Egypt).

15. In the 25-year period 1950-1974, the Arab countries (including
Iran) donated a total of $26,476,750 in aid to Palestinian refugees,
representing 0.04% (i.e. $1 out of every $2,500) of their combined oil
revenue for 1974 alone. The only country in the entire Middle East
which gave no aid at all to Palestinian refugees was:

a) Israel;

b) Iran;

c) Libya;

d) Jordan;

e) Algeria.

16. Israel has often been accused of "ethnic cleansing" of the
Arabs in the "occupied territories". The demography bears this
out, because the Arab population of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza has:

a) plummeted from 6,500,000 in 1967 to 3,000,000 in 2009;

b) plummeted from an estimated 5,000,000 in 1967 to less than
2,000,000 in 2009;

c) remained steady at 3,000,000, despite huge natural growth in the
rest of the world;

d) increased at one tenth of the pace of natural population growth;

e) increased from about 750,000 in 1967 to an estimated 3,700,000 in
2009, a population growth of nearly 500% in barely more than a
generation, which is one of the highest rates of increase anywhere in
the world.

17. Israel has also been accused of "ethnic cleansing" of Arabs
who are citizens of the state, and deliberately enforcing policies
designed to keep the Arab population small. This, too, is shown by the
demography, in that the Israeli Arab population has:

a) dropped from slightly over 1,000,000 (40% of the overall
population) in 1948 to 750,000 (20% of the population) in 2009;

b) remained at a steady 1,000,000 from 1948 to 2009, while the
overall population has increased seven-fold;

c) increased from 500,000 in 1948 to 1,000,000 in 2009, representing
a drop from 35% of the overall population to just 12% in 58 years;

d) decreased steadily by 2% per year from 1948 onwards;

e) increased from 150,000 (15% of the overall population) in 1948 to
about 1,420,000 (22% of the overall population) in 2009.

18. As of 2009, there are five universities (the Islamic University
of Hebron; Bir Zeit University; Bethlehem University; Al-Najah
University in Shechem ; and Al-Ahzar in Gaza), and five
religious higher education academies, throughout the "occupied
territories". These institutes are:

a) all that remain of 25 institutes of higher education, the others
having been destroyed by the Israeli occupation forces;

b) some of the oldest in the Arab world, with the Islamic University
of Hebron having been founded under the original Caliphate in the 8th

c) forced to operate secretly, because the Israeli authorities have
banned them;

d) barely tolerated by the Israeli authorities;

e) all founded since the Israeli "occupation" of 1967, under
Israeli auspices, the oldest one being the Islamic University of
Hebron, founded in 1971.

19. Since the Israeli "occupation" of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza in
1967, nine Palestinians have been sentenced to death by the courts and
judicially executed, and scores - probably hundreds - more have
been executed in extra-judicial killings. All of them, without
exception, were executed:

a) by the Israeli military occupation authorities;

b) by the Israeli Army after military courts-martial;

c) by the Israeli civil administration, following criminal trials in
civilian courts;

d) by Israeli civilian courts, acting under special emergency

e) since September 1993 by the Palestinian Authority in the
autonomous zones, because Israel, alone in the Middle East, does not
use the death penalty.

20. In early October 2005, an estimated 650 people charged the
security fence/separation barrier, and an estimated 350 succeeded in
crossing it. Security forces responded with bayonets, shotguns, and
rubber bullets, killing between ten and fifteen people and injuring
dozens more. This incident was given minimal media attention, and has
been entirely forgotten, because:

a) the world media is biased in Israel's favour;

b) a dozen Palestinians killed is so commonplace, it is not even

c) the Israeli authorities imposed a media blackout;

d) Jewish settlers intimidated the journalists and photographers into

e) the incident occurred along the security fence in Morocco,
separating sovereign Morocco from the Spanish Sahara, and the security
forces in question were Spanish.


Every a) is worth 1 point; every b) is worth 2 points; every c) is
worth 3 points; every d) is worth 4 points; every e) is worth 5

Now add up your score. If your score is 20, then you answered a) to
every question. This means that you got every single answer wrong, and
that you are politically correct and base your ideas of the Middle
East on standard anti-Israel and pro-Arab propaganda lies rather than
on the truth. Since you are more concerned with Israel-bashing than
truth, and since you parrot every canard peddled by pro-Arab
propagandists, you are ideally suited to become a European career
diplomat accredited to the Middle East, or a BBC or CNN reporter, or a
journalist for Haaretz.

If your score is between 21 and 99, then you might have a more open
mind than others, and you might know slightly more than the average
media report contains. You might be interested in studying more on the

If your score is 100, then you answered e) to every question. This
means that you got every answer right. This suggests that you have a
good, solid knowledge of the issues involved and are uninfluenced by
propaganda. Be careful: people infected by independent and honest
thought tend to become targets of Islamic terrorists and their
left-wing cohorts. At the very least, they get demonized as
"right-wing fanatics".

If your score is below 20 or above 100, this means that you cannot
count properly. Why not consider a career as the Secretary General of
the United Nations?

Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors (CJHS)

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