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June 07, 2010

CBC Comes Up Short on Gaza Infant Mortality Rate

Barry Rubin blogs:

On June 1, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) anchorman Peter Mansbridge stated that the Gaza Strip "has one of the world's highest infant mortality rates" The obvious implication: it is Israel's fault because of its sanctions.

In fact, the Gaza Strip has a lower infant mortality rate than Turkey, which has been a modern republic with full independence for about 80 years, and Iran, which enjoys the "benefits" of the kind of Islamist government which Hamas and the current Turkish government applaud.

According to the CIA World Factbook, regarded as a definitive source, the Infant Mortality Rate in the Gaza Strip is 17.71 deaths per 1000 births, about the same as Mexico and below that of Brazil, Romania, and many other countries. In neighboring Egypt, the number is 26.2, in Turkey, 24.8, and Iran, 34.7.

Mansbridge's exaggeration sounds like a new version of an old falsehood -- that Gaza is the "most densely populated" or "one of the most densely populated" places on earth.

Posted by TS at June 7, 2010 08:40 AM


The CIA World Factbook, what an impartial source! When you want information on human rights, always best to get it from torturers!

Here's what the World Health Organization has to say :

20.6 per 1000 live births in 2010 (18.8 in the West Bank and 23.0 in the Gaza Strip)

Under-5 mortality rate
22.1 in the West Bank and 29.2 in the Gaza Strip

Posted by: Ray at August 8, 2014 05:25 PM

CBC's ombudsman recognized that their misstatement needed to be corrected:

Posted by: Anonymous at August 11, 2014 12:38 PM

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