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March 12, 2006

West Bank Population Explosion

Commonly accepted Palestinian population figures have recently come under fire as inflated, but rather than downsizing the figure, Laura King of the Los Angeles Times has gone in the other direction. In a news report yesterday, she stated:

An estimated 3.2 million Palestinians live in the West Bank.

Her number is 900,000 larger than the usually cited figure, as found in the the 2006 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, which places the West Bank Palestinian population at 2,311,000 in mid-2004. Likewise, according to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, the West Bank Palestinian population as of mid-2005 is 2,372,216.

CAMERA has contacted the Times' to request that King's reversal of digits -- a possible typo -- be corrected. Stay tuned for news of a correction.

Posted by TS at March 12, 2006 07:08 AM


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