Tuesday, February 24, 2009

About the Amos Oz post yesterday

Asa sent me this comment about Stephen's point on Oz (I cite with his permission): "Stephen's overall point is of course correct, however for the sake of accuracy I feel I should point out that his calculations are not quite right since the population figures in the CIA World Factbook include the Palestinian refugees in Gaza and West Bank camps (1,813,847 according to UNWRA:) So the figure for refugees he should have added to the West Bank and Gaza populations is 2,786,153 (i.e. 6,686,153 in total if the refugees returned to only the West Bank and Gaza) which would give a population density of ~1,114 per square km. And yes, Amos Oz is still an idiot."