Monday, June 14, 2010

Odd Priorities at Work in International Aid ?

Some more food for thought on the subject of International aid to the Palestinians, a people who have had more aid per head than anyone else in the world. This, with thanks for the research to Tom Carew

An astounding Haiti-Gaza comparison does not get much media or political or NGO notice. This story is even much worse than it seems - when you look at both the populations and deaths involved.

Financial Aid

CIA population estimate is (2009) 1,551,859 people in Gaza, but 5,035,536 in Haiti. This means that PER HEAD, Gaza gets $579.95 but Haiti only $77.47.Gaza was thus pledged 7.5 TIMES as much per head after the IDF operation as Haiti after the devastating earthquake.

Death Toll

If you also look at the death toll, Haiti lost an estimated 230,000 on Jan 12, 2010, which equals US aid of $3,043.48 for every fatality. The highest allegation of the Gaza death toll is 1,417 which would equal US aid of $ 635,144.7 per fatality.

For US aid, every Gaza death is worth 209 TIMES as much as one in Haiti. Gaza lost at most under 0.0913 % of its population, but Haiti lost 4.568 %, or 50 times more. Gaza lost 1 in every 1,095, but Haiti lost 1 in every 22 people.

But then Haiti is neither Arab nor Muslim. And no oil-rich tyrants or suicide-bombers need to be appeased.

Life Expectancy

Palestinian Life Expectancy at 73.3 years is same as EU member Hungary, while their Adult Literacy at 93.8% exceeds Philippines at 93.4%.

Palestinian Incoming Remitances are $149 per head, compared with $150 in Israel, $101 for Egypt, $125 for Arab states overall, and $135 for Ireland.

Yes, there are some odd priorities at work in international aid ?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Milking UN is a way of life for Palestinians. Why would they want peace?
It is much better life as it is now.