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Palestine and Middle East Quiz

Your success in answering these questions will tell you if your opinions about the Middle East and Palestine are based on factual knowledge or misconceptions.


1. The area of Israel is:

a. Larger than that of France;

b. About the size of France;

c. Much larger than Jordan;

d. Larger than Iran;

e. Much smaller than Egypt, Iran, Jordan or France.


2. The world's Jewish population;

a. Exceeds 20% of the world population;

b. Is about the size of the world Muslim population;

c. Is larger than the population of Iran;

d. Is greater than the population of California;

e. Is much less than 1% of the world population.


3. The League of Nations Mandate for Palestine was an act of international law. It pledged to:

a. Turn Palestine into a national home for Palestinian Arabs that lived there.

b. Turn Palestine into a national home for the Jewish people.

c. Turn Palestine into an Islamic Republic

d. Turn Palestine into a secular democratic state.

e. Hold a plebiscite on the future of Palestine


4. 19th century travelers to Palestine such as Mark Twain, reported:

a. A thriving and advanced community, where Arabs and Jews lived in peace and harmony, enjoying the benefits of Ottoman rule.

b. An impoverished and depopulated arid wasteland.

c. A large and thriving Jewish community.


5. The Palestinian Arabs claim to be:

a. Descendants of the biblical Philistines;

b. Descendants of the semitic Canaanite tribes;

c, Descendants of early Christians

d. An integral part of the Arab nation, and descendants of Arab invaders.

e, all of the above.


6. The historic capital of independent Palestine was:

a. Jerusalem al Quds

b. Ramallah

c. Nablus

d. Al Khalil

e. There was never an independent Palestinian state.


7. Which is true of land ownership laws?

a. A Christian can buy land and live in Mecca, Saudi Arabia;

b. Arabs cannot own land in Israel;

c. Sale of land to Jews is punishable by the death penalty,

8. Who said: “There is no such country [as Palestine]! ‘Palestine’ is a term the Zionists invented! There is no Palestine in the Bible. ‘Palestine’ is alien to us.” ?
a. Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, in a speech to the American Zionist Organization, 1972;
b. Moshe Dayan, Minister of Defense of Israel and former Chief of Staff of the Israel Defense Forces, addressing the General Staff, 1968;
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. Who said: “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.” ?
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. The moderate FATAH was founded:
a. At the end of the 19th century, to work for a national home for the Palestinian Arabs, secured in international law;
b. In April, 1968, to resist the Zionist occupation:
c. To establish a secular democratic state by non-violent resistance;
d. As a Palestinian social club;
e. Before 1967, to liberate Palestine from the Zionists by armed struggle.

11. Because of racist Zionist apartheid policies, the infant mortality rate among of Israeli Arabs ("Israeli Palestinians". is:
a. The highest in the world;
b. The highest in the Middle East;
c. Higher than it was in mandatory times;
d. Higher than in the Palestinian territories;
e. Slightly less than that in oil-rich Qatar, less than half that in Saudi Arabia.

12. Dalal Moughrabi was honored as a Palestinian martyr and heroine by the moderate Palestinian authority because she:
a. Withstood an attack by a platoon of the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces.;
b. Was killed in 1975 by settler religious fanatics from Brooklyn who were destroying her family olive grove;
c. Founded an institute for teaching nonviolent resistance;
d. Prevented the Zionists from confiscating Palestinian land;
e. Led a terror attack, the coastal road massacre, in which 38 civilians including 13 children and an American tourist were massacred,

13. As its name suggests, the raison d’etre of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization. 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 )
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 center 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 Hebron;
e. 3½ years before the Six Day War, on  January 1, 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 and North Africa 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”.  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. 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 [Nablus]; and Al-Azhar 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 century;
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 the West Bank 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 regulations;
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 favor;
b. a dozen Palestinians killed is so commonplace, it is not even newsworthy;
c. the Israeli authorities imposed a media blackout;
d. Jewish settlers intimidated the journalists and photographers into silence;
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.

Adapted from articles by Daniel Pinner:




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