The Human Truth Foundation

Palestine (Occupied Palestinian Territory)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013

#atheism #israel #jordan #palestine

Palestine
Occupied Palestinian Territory
StatusProto Independent State (OIsraelupied)
Capital
Land Area
LocationAsia, The Mediterranean, The Middle East
Population4.9m1
Life Expectancy73.07yrs (2017)2
GNI$5 256 (2017)3
ISO3166-1 Codes, , 4
Internet Domain5
Currency6
Telephone+7

1. Overview

Following World War II, the British withdrew from their mandate of Palestine, and the UN partitioned the area into Arab and Jewish states, an arrangement rejected by the Arabs. Subsequently, the Israelis defeated the Arabs in a series of wars without ending the deep tensions between the two sides. (The territories Israel occupied since the 1967 war are not included in the Israel country profile, unless otherwise noted.) On 25 April 1982, Israel withdrew from the Sinai pursuant to the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. In keeping with the framework established at the Madrid Conference in October 1991, bilateral negotiations were conducted between Israel and Palestinian representatives and Syria to achieve a permanent settlement. Israel and Palestinian officials signed on 13 September 1993 a Declaration of Principles (also known as the "Oslo Accords") guiding an interim period of Palestinian self-rule. Outstanding territorial and other disputes with Jordan were resolved in the 26 October 1994 Israel-Jordan Treaty of Peace. Progress toward a permanent status agreement was undermined by Israeli-Palestinian violence between September 2003 and February 2005. Israel in 2005 unilaterally disengaged from the Gaza Strip, evacuating settlers and its military while retaining control over most points of entry into the Gaza Strip. The election of HAMAS to head the Palestinian Legislative Council in 2006 froze relations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA). In 2006 Israel engaged in a 34-day conflict with Hizballah in Lebanon in June-August 2006 and a 23-day conflict with HAMAS in the Gaza Strip during December 2008 and January 2009. Prime Minister Binyamin NETANYAHU formed a coalition in March 2009 following a February 2009 general election. Direct talks with the PA launched in September 2010 collapsed following the expiration of Israel's 10-month partial settlement construction moratorium in the West Bank.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)8

2. Palestine National and Social Development

#economics #human_development

UN HDI (2016)9
Pos.Lower is better
Rank9
1Norway1
2Australia2
3Switzerland2
...
111Egypt111
112Turkmenistan111
113Indonesia113
114Palestine114
115Vietnam115
116Philippines116
117El Salvador117
118Bolivia118
World Avg94.3
q=188.
Gross National Income Per-Capita (2011)10
Pos.Higher is better
PPP $10
1Qatar$129 916
2Singapore$78 162
3Kuwait$76 075
...
132Timor-Leste (E. Timor)$5 371
133Vietnam$5 335
134Tonga$5 284
135Palestine$5 256
136Laos$5 049
137Pakistan$5 031
138Moldova$5 026
139Myanmar (Burma)$4 943
World Avg$17 240
q=193.

The United Nations produces an annual Human Development Report which includes the Human Development Index. The factors taken into account include life expectancy, education and schooling and Gross National Income (GNI) amongst many others..

As a territory of Israel I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

3. Palestine's Demographics

#birth_control #demographics #health #immigration #life_expectancy #longevity #migration #overpopulation #population

Population:

Palestine's population is predicted to rise to 6.755 million by 2030. This country has a fertility rate of 4.31. The fertility rate is, in simple terms, the average amount of children that each woman has. The higher the figure, the quicker the population is growing, although, to calculate the rate you also need to take into account morbidity, i.e., the rate at which people die. If people live healthy and long lives and morbidity is low, then, 2.0 approximates to the replacement rate, which would keep the population stable. If all countries had such a fertility rate, population growth would end. The actual replacement rate in most developed countries is around 2.1.

Population (2018)1
Pos.
Population1
1China1.4b
2India1.4b
3USA327.1m
...
117Norway5.3m
118Congo, (Brazzaville)5.2m
119Costa Rica5.0m
120Palestine4.9m
121Oman4.8m
122Liberia4.8m
123Ireland4.8m
124New Zealand4.7m
World Avg39.0m
q=195.
Life Expectancy (2015)10
Pos.Higher is better
Years10
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
95Honduras73.33
96Seychelles73.30
97El Salvador73.27
98Palestine73.07
99St Vincent & Grenadines73.04
100Paraguay73.00
101Tonga72.99
102Palau72.87
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)11
Pos.2.0 is best11
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
144Burundi4.10
145Ivory Coast4.27
146Eritrea4.28
147Palestine4.31
148Cameroon4.33
149Mauritania4.40
150Congo, (Brazzaville)4.46
151Central African Rep.4.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.
Old-Age Dependency Ratio (2016)12
Pos.Lower is better
Per 10012
1Uganda04.3
2Mali04.5
3Chad04.7
...
36Madagascar06.4
37Papua New Guinea06.4
38Ghana06.5
39Palestine06.5
40Ethiopia06.6
41Swaziland06.6
42Central African Rep.06.8
43Sudan06.8
World Avg18.3
q=185.

Migration:

Immigrants (2017)13
Pos.
%13
1UAE88.4%
2Kuwait75.5%
3Qatar65.2%
...
81Syria5.5%
82Thailand5.2%
83Hungary5.2%
84Palestine5.2%
85Argentina4.9%
86Panama4.7%
87Tonga4.6%
88Venezuela4.5%
World Avg9.4%
q=195.
Emigrants (2010)14
Pos.
%14
1Dominica104.8%
2Palestine68.4%
3Samoa67.3%
4Grenada65.5%
5St Kitts & Nevis61.1%
6Guyana56.9%
7Monaco56.3%
8Antigua & Barbuda47.6%
9Tonga45.4%
10Albania45.4%
11Barbados41.0%
12Suriname39.0%
World Avg11.5%
q=192.

4. Palestine's Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance

#equality #human_rights #international_law #mass_media #morals #politics #prejudice #tolerance

Human Rights, Equality & Tolerance (2020)15,16
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank15,16
1Denmark9.7
2Sweden10.0
3Norway16.1
...
191Nauru153.3
192Micronesia157.0
193Somalia157.9
194Palau159.8
195Marshall Islands160.0
196Kiribati164.8
197Palestine170.0
198Solomon Islands175.3
199Tuvalu176.5
World Avg89.8
q=199.

The best countries in the world at ensuring human rights, fostering equality and promoting tolerance, are Denmark, Sweden and Norway15. These countries are displaying the best traits that humanity has to offer. The worst countries are Tuvalu, The Solomon Islands and Palestine15.

The data sets used to calculate points for each country are statistics on commentary in Human Rights Watch reports, its nominal commitment to Human Rights, speed of uptake of HR treaties, supporting personal, civil & economic freedoms, supporting press freedom, eliminating modern slavery, opposing gender inequality, the year from which women could participate in democracy, its success in fighting anti-semitic prejudice and LGBT equality. The regions with the best average results per country are Scandinavia, Baltic States and Europe15, whereas the worst are Micronesia, Melanesia and Australasia15.

Human Rights & Tolerance:

HR Treaties Lag (2019)17
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Yrs/Treaty17
1Ecuador2.15
2Uruguay2.25
3Tunisia3.65
...
188Kiribati15.80
189Solomon Islands15.81
190Nauru16.16
191Sao Tome & Principe16.17
192Tuvalu16.33
193Palau16.34
194Marshall Islands16.34
195Palestine17.21
World Avg10.02
q=195.
Press Freedom (2013)18
Pos.Lower is better18
1Finland638
2Netherlands648
3Norway652
...
142Cambodia4181
143Bangladesh4201
144Malaysia4273
145Palestine4309
146Philippines4311
147Russia4342
148Singapore4343
149Iraq4467
World Avg3249
q=178.

5. Palestine's Health

#birth_control #demographics #health #life_expectancy #longevity #overpopulation #Palestine #parenting #population

Health:

Palestine is a pretty unhealthy country. And finally, it does worse than average in its average life expectancy10, its adolescent birth rate19 and in its fertility rate11. The prevalence of overweight adults has increased by 14% during the past 40 years.
Life Expectancy (2015)10
Pos.Higher is better
Years10
1Hong Kong84.16
2Japan83.68
3Italy83.34
...
95Honduras73.33
96Seychelles73.30
97El Salvador73.27
98Palestine73.07
99St Vincent & Grenadines73.04
100Paraguay73.00
101Tonga72.99
102Palau72.87
World Avg71.27
q=190.
Fertility Rate (2013)11
Pos.2.0 is best11
1N. Korea2.00
2Brunei1.99
3St Vincent & Grenadines2.01
...
144Burundi4.10
145Ivory Coast4.27
146Eritrea4.28
147Palestine4.31
148Cameroon4.33
149Mauritania4.40
150Congo, (Brazzaville)4.46
151Central African Rep.4.46
World Avg2.81
q=180.

Children's Health:

Adolescent Birth Rate (2015)19
Pos.Lower is better
Per 100019
1N. Korea0.5
2S. Korea1.6
3Switzerland2.9
...
119Seychelles57.4
120Paraguay57.4
121Ethiopia58.4
122Palestine58.6
123Jamaica59.7
124Azerbaijan59.8
125Yemen61.5
126Philippines61.7
World Avg47.9
q=185.

6. Palestine's Modernity and Learning

#education #modernity #religion #technology #the_internet

Modernity and Learning (2020)20
Pos.Lower is better
Avg Rank20
1Finland8.0
2Belgium9.1
3Denmark10.0
...
97Belize72.7
98Brunei73.0
99Philippines74.1
100Palestine74.8
101Uganda75.3
102Sri Lanka76.0
103Tonga76.0
104Oman76.1
105Maldives77.0
World Avg69.0
q=180.

Modernity and Education:

Secondary Education (2018)21
Pos.Higher is better21
1Luxembourg100.0%
2Estonia100.0%
3Austria100.0%
...
88Guyana63.3%
89Ghana63.1%
90Peru62.2%
91Palestine61.1%
92Suriname60.5%
93Mexico59.7%
94Bahrain59.6%
95Brazil59.5%
World Avg63.0%
q=169.
Length of Schooling (2018)22
Pos.Higher is better
Years22
1Australia22.1
2Belgium19.7
3Finland19.3
...
101Gabon12.9
102Panama12.9
103Suriname12.9
104Palestine12.8
105Bahamas12.8
106Venezuela12.8
107Libya12.8
108Cameroon12.7
World Avg13.2
q=193.
Religiosity (2009)23
Pos.Lower is better
%23
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
...
79Sudan93
80Tunisia93
81Uganda93
82Palestine93
83Nepal93
84Bahrain94
85Congo, DR94
86Kenya94
World Avg75.1
q=114.

Technology and Information:

Internet Users (2016)24
Pos.Higher is better24
1Iceland100%
2Faroe Islands99%
3Norway98%
...
71Saudi Arabia65%
72French Polynesia64%
73Albania63%
74Palestine63%
75Montenegro62%
76Bosnia & Herzegovina62%
77Azerbaijan61%
78Belarus61%
World Avg48.1%
q=201.
IPv6 Uptake (2017)25
Pos.Higher is better
Ratio25
1Belgium55.4
2Germany41.8
3Switzerland35.1
...
145Oman0.0
146Papua New Guinea0.0
147French Polynesia0.0
148Palestine0.0
149Lesotho0.0
150Monaco0.0
151Bermuda0.0
152Isle of Man0.0
World Avg3.82
q=176.

7. National Culture

#charity #happiness #morals

Personal Charitability
(World Position, 2013-2016)
26
Pos.Lower is better26
1Myanmar (Burma)1.25
2USA1.5
3New Zealand3.5
...
149Armenia126.25
150Congo, DR126.5
151Turkey128
152Greece133
153Palestine135
154Yemen136.25
155China136.25
156Burundi145
World Avg68.1185897435897
q=156.
Happiness (2018)27
Pos.Higher is better27
1Finland7.6
2Norway7.6
3Denmark7.6
...
101Nepal4.9
102Venezuela4.8
103Gabon4.8
104Palestine4.7
105S. Africa4.7
106Iran4.7
107Ivory Coast4.7
108Ghana4.7
World Avg5.38
q=156.

8. Peace Versus Instability

#extremism #politics #religious_violence #terrorism

Impact of Terrorism (2019)28
Pos.Lower is better
Score28
1Togo0.00
2Mongolia0.00
3Swaziland0.00
...
116Indonesia5.07
117Nepal5.09
118Burundi5.10
119Palestine5.18
120Bangladesh5.21
121Saudi Arabia5.24
122Ethiopia5.35
123UK5.41
World Avg2.78
q=150.

9. The Natural Environment

#biodiversity #over-exploitation #the_environment

Forest Area Change 1990-2015 (2015)29
Pos.Higher is better
%29
1Iceland205.6
2Bahrain144.4
3Uruguay131.3
...
71Germany01.2
72Estonia01.2
73Seychelles01.1
74Palestine01.0
75Tajikistan01.0
76Slovakia01.0
77Russia00.8
78Sweden00.8
World Avg02.8
q=184.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Pos.Earlier is better
Signed
1China1993 Dec 29
2Guinea1993 Dec 29
3Cook Islands1993 Dec 29
...
190Timor-Leste (E. Timor)2007 Jan 08
191Brunei2008 Jul 27
192Iraq2009 Oct 26
193Somalia2009 Dec 10
194Palestine2015 Apr 02
195Andorra2015 May 05
196USA
197Vatican City
World Avg1899 Dec 30
q=197.
Rational Beliefs on the Environment (2011)30
Pos.Higher is better
%30
1Argentina78.3%
2Greece77.6%
3Brazil77.1%
...
98Comoros28.3%
99Ireland27.9%
100Israel27.6%
101Palestine27.5%
102Saudi Arabia27.2%
103Belgium26.9%
104Syria26.6%
105Qatar26.5%
World Avg39.9%
q=145.

10. Economic Inequality and Poverty

#capitalism #economics #health #inequality #life_expectancy #poverty #social_development

Inequality in Life Expectancy (2019)31
Pos.Higher is worse31
184Chad40.90
183Central African Rep.40.10
182Sierra Leone39.00
...
99El Salvador12.50
98Cape Verde12.20
97Solomon Islands12.10
96Palestine12.00
95Panama12.00
94Egypt11.60
93Ecuador11.50
92N. Korea11.50
World Avg14.59
q=184.
Income Inequality (Gini Coefficient) (2017)32
Pos.Lower is better
%32
1Ukraine25.0
2Belarus25.4
3Slovenia25.4
...
44UK33.2
45Pakistan33.5
46Armenia33.6
47Palestine33.7
48Guinea33.7
49Jordan33.7
50Luxembourg33.8
51Sierra Leone34.0
World Avg38.1
q=152.
Multidimensional Poverty (2018)33
Pos.Lower is better
Severity33
1Armenia.001
2Ukraine.001
3Serbia.001
...
10Albania.003
11Thailand.003
12Moldova.004
13Palestine.004
14Tunisia.005
15St Lucia.007
16Libya.007
17Algeria.008
World Avg.154
q=101.

11. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism #religion

Religiosity (2009)23
Pos.Lower is better
%23
1Estonia16
2Sweden17
3Denmark19
...
79Sudan93
80Tunisia93
81Uganda93
82Palestine93
83Nepal93
84Bahrain94
85Congo, DR94
86Kenya94
World Avg75.1
q=114.

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below34:

Christian2.4%
Muslim97.6%
Hindu0.1%
Buddhist0.1%
Folk Religion0.1%
Jew0.1%
Unaffiliated0.1%

The International Humanist and Ethical Union produced a report in 2012 entitled "Freedom of Thought" (2012)35, in which they document bias and prejudice at the national level that is based on religion, belief and/or lack of belief. Their entry for Palestine states:

Freedom of religion or belief in various parts of the Occupied Territories falls under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority (in much of the West Bank), or Israel, or Hamas (in the Gaza Strip). The "Basic Law" that functions as a constitution for the Palestinian Authority recognizes international human rights standards, which include freedom of thought and expression. However, in the West Bank territories the old Jordanian law against "defaming religion" is still in force and may result in a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Cases of Discrimination

On Oct. 31, 2010, a 26-year-old blogger was arrested in the West Bank for posting allegedly blasphemous comments on Facebook and his blog. Waleed Hasayin, who used the named Waleed al-Husseini online, described himself as "an atheist from Jerusalem-Palestine" and wrote that God is "a primitive Bedoiun and anthropomorphic" and that "people are free to think and believe in whatever suits them." He was charged with "defaming religion". Hasayin was released in 2012 and fled to Europe, where he is seeking asylum.

"Freedom of Thought" by IHEU (2012)36

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