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Gaza by the Numbers: Who the People Are, How They Got There

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Posted on Jul 8, 2014

By Juan Cole

    Women confronting Israeli forces about mistreatment and arrest of Palestinian youth in Jabalia in the Gaza Strip in 1988. Robert Croma (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Population of Palestinians of Gaza: 1.7 million

Number of Palestinians in Gaza whose families were expelled as refugees from their homes in what is now southern Israel: 1.2 million

Number of Palestinians in Gaza still living in the 8 recognized refugee camps, “which have one of the highest population densities in the world”:  over 500,000


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Compensation Palestinians of Gaza have received for the billions of dollars of property taken from them by Israelis in Beersheva, Sderot, etc.:  $0

Years since Israel allowed Palestinians of Gaza to export what they produce:  7

Unemployment in Gaza as a result of Israeli blockade on civilians:  38.5%

Estimated unemployment rate in US during the Great Depression:  25%

Percentage of children in Gaza suffering from acute malnutrition:  13.2%

Rate of anemia in Palestinian Children in Gaza:  18.9%

Percentage of water in Gaza that is potable:  10%

Years, according the the UN, before Gaza becomes “uninhabitable”:  6

Number of airports in Gaza rendered inoperable by Israeli airstrikes: 1

Number of airports working in Gaza:  0

Number of ports allowed by Israelis to operate on Gaza’s Mediterranean coast:  0


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