Friday, April 21, 2023

The ‘Poor’ Palestinians Are Not So Poor: Welcome to Steady Billions of Dollars in Donations - Flowing In Every Year

The ‘Poor’ Palestinians Are Not So Poor:
Welcome to steady billions of dollars in donations - flowing in every year.
Elder of Ziyon has a piece on the latest UN report on poverty in countries around the world. This “Multidimensional Poverty Index” is arrived at by studying health, education, and the standard of living, based on ten weighted indicators. It turns out that in the “State of Palestine,” there is less poverty than in more than one hundred other countries.
We were once assured, just after 9/11/2001, that terrorism was a function of poverty. Alberto Abadie, a researcher for the National Bureau of Economic Research, in 2005 published the first detailed study of the relationship of poverty to terrorism, demonstrating that the incidence of terrorism was the same in poor as in rich countries. Others then pointed out that the most famous terrorist in the world, Osama bin Laden, was the multi-millionaire son of a billionaire; that Al-Qaeda’s second-in-command, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, was a well-off doctor from one of the most prominent Egyptian families; his mother was related to Azzam Pasha, the Secretary-General of the Arab League and his wife, Azza Nowair, was from one of the richest Egyptian families; that Mohamed Atta was from an upper middle-class family; that Nidal Hassan was a doctor in the American army earning $90,000 a year; that Maher “Mike” Hawash had been earning $300,000 a year as an Intel engineer; that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the so-called “underwear bomber,” was the son of one of the richest men in Nigeria. And there are many more examples of millionaire Muslim terrorists.
Now the UN Multidimensional Poverty Index makes clear that the incidence of terrorism by nation is unrelated to poverty. It turns out that there very little or no terrorism in the 100-odd countries whose people are poorer, and in some cases, much poorer (see Niger, Ethiopia, South Sudan, Chad) than the Palestinians. There must be some other explanation for the Palestinians having the highest incidence of terrorism in the world. Might it have something to do with Islam? More on this just-released UN study of “multidimensional poverty” can be found here: “‘Palestine’ ranks better than most countries in ‘multidimensional poverty’ and ‘human development index,’” Elder of Ziyon, April 2, 2023:
The UN Human Development Reports of the UN Development Program defines a “Multidimensional Poverty Index” (MPI.)

The MPI looks beyond income to understand how people experience poverty in multiple and simultaneous ways. It identifies how people are being left behind across three key dimensions: health, education and standard of living, comprising 10 indicators. People who experience deprivation in at least one third of these weighted indicators fall into the category of multidimensionally poor.

The MPI score is based on these metrics:
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