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May 23, 2005

Dense on Gaza Population

Labor MK Amram Mitzna has an Op-Ed in Ha'aretz today in which he errs:

A million-and-a-quarter Palestinians living in the most densely populated area in the world, and in terrible poverty across the way from the red rooftops of Gush Katif, are victims.

Gaza is not the "most densely populated area in the world." According to the Statistical Abstract of the United States: 2004-2005, the population per sq. mile for 2003 in the Gaza Strip is 8,666. Gaza is less densely populated than numerous places around the world, including Monaco (41,608), Singapore (17,751), Gibraltar (11,990), Hong Kong (17,833), and especially Macau, which is nearly ten times more densely populated than the Gaza Strip (71,466).

CAMERA staff have already urged Ha'aretz editors to correct the error, but given the newspaper's less than stellar record on correcting factual errors (see, for example, here and here), Snapshot readers are encouraged to send feedback to Ha'aretz at editor@haaretz.co.il

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Amram Mitzna errs

Posted by TS at May 23, 2005 03:53 AM