I keep reading that Gaza is a "densely populated area," but no report conveys a sense of the reality. I was shocked to discover that 1.5 million Gazans live in an area of 139 square miles. That's 10,800 persons per square mile. Bangladesh, which is the most densely populated country on our planet, has a relatively spacious density of 2,200 persons per square mile. The more I thought about this number, the more I could feel the frustration of the people of Gaza when they look across the barriers into the Land of Milk and Honey with one tenth the population density of their own.
I keep reading about what appears to be a relentless Hamas campaign of terror against Israel. Imagine my surprise when I learn (from Israel websites) that while sixty-eight Israelis were killed in 2008 in terrorist attacks, 172 Israelis were randomly murdered by fellow Israelis. Isn't it just possible that the murder of Jews by Arabs could be just as random as the murder of Jews by Jews? Am I to conclude from these numbers that Jews are more murderous that Arabs?
Jan 2 2009 - 12:26pm