Yesterday I posted an article about Peace Now’s bad math. How they said that 86% of the town of Maaleh Adumim was built on privately owned Arab land. According the Jpost, the actual number was about .5%. Later in the day other papers began to pick up the story –but they used a figure of 32% not the 1/2 of one percent reported in JPost. In all across the World newspapers were gloating with the “fact” Shalom Achsav (Peace Now) was correct. Those bad Israeli’s one third of their settlements were build on Private land. The problem is that the 32% is just as misleading as the 86%.
(IsraelNN.com) The extreme-left Peace Now organization recently admitted on that a report released by the group in November was incorrect. In the report, the group claimed that 86% of the Jewish town of Maaleh Adumim was built on private Arab land, and called the argument that Jewish towns are built on state land “misleading and false.” The report claimed that the Peace Now figures proved that Maaleh Adumim and other towns were built illegally, and that the government knew about the figures and covered them up.
The Civil Administration and military officials spoke with Peace Now activists about the report and showed them official data on the towns. After the discussions, the group admitted that only 0.5% of Maaleh Adumim was built on private land. Peace Now activist Dror Etkes blamed the army for the mistake, saying that military officials should have shown activists the data before the report’s release.
|Peace Now’s Blunder: Erred on Ma’ale Adumim Land by 15,900 Percent|
Peace Now, the Israel-based advocacy group, claimed in an October 2006 report that Israeli settlements are situated mostly on “private Palestinian land,” and in particular that the territory of the largest settlement, Ma’ale Adumim, is 86.4 percent “private Palestinian land.” CAMERA raised a number of serious objections (here and here) to Peace Now’s claims, which the group has failed to address. The original report, Breaking the Law – One Violation Leads to Another, was based on information described as leaked government data, and now, through Israel’s Freedom of Information laws, Peace Now has gained access to updated information which it portrays as confirming its original claims. However Peace Now has had to admit that it made a massive error regarding Ma’ale Adumim, a 15,900 percent mistake. Rather than 86.4% Palestinian land, the new data shows just 0.54% of Ma’ale Adumim’s land as supposedly Palestinian. In addition, Peace Now deceptively omits any mention of this extremely serious error both in its press release posted on its US website, and in the announcement posted on its Israeli website. Only in the middle of its updated report, strangely enough entitled Guilty, does Peace Now get around to its updated claims regarding Ma’ale Adumim’s land. Such a massive error – acknowledged in such a grudging and deceptive way – raises serious questions about Peace Now’s credibility, and the reliability of the rest of their claims. If they could make such a transparently absurd allegation about Ma’ale Adumim – and it was transparently absurd – then how can one trust their assertions about the land situation in other communities? In addition, nowhere in its updated report does Peace Now deal with the broader problems that also afflicted its earlier report: 1. Peace Now is relying upon government maps that are based not on Palestinian ownership of land, but on Palestinian claims to ownership of land. With Ma’ale Adumim, for example, there were indeed Palestinian (more accurately Bedouin) claims over the land, but they were investigated and found to be baseless, as even the claimants eventually admitted. That would perhaps explain why there was a huge change in the map in this case. 2. Peace Now continues to misleadingly ignore crucial details of land law in the West Bank, in particular that:
Peace Now claims to be a group that is Protecting the Morality of the Jewish State buy ensuring that the Palestinians get a fair deal. In actuality this is a group with NO morals trying to bring down the Jewish state. Come to think of it are we sure that Peace Now is not part of the New United Palestinian Govt.? They sure act and sound like it.