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West Bank & Gaza have one of the highest literacy rates in the world

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posted on Jun, 13 2010 @ 01:33 PM
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Recently I have been wondering where are all the Palestinians on the ATS forum. My quest has only just begun and a few interesting facts have already revealed themselves. When looking into another member's question about internet connectivity in Gaza and the West Bank, this site details the following:

The effects of the occupation, including Israel’s severe closure policies, have led to a consistent decline in the socioeconomic conditions of Palestinians, creating underdevelopment, unemployment, and general poverty, particularly in Gaza. Despite these challenges, however, both the West Bank and Gaza continue to have two of the most literate populations in the world – a factor in the surprisingly high number of Internet users for a conflict zone, with Internet penetration and connectivity rates (approximately 6.7 percent as of 2008) that far exceed that of other conflict zones.9

Source: Opennet.net

The literacy rate in this part of the world runs at 92.4% of people over 15. One of the highest in the world. Combined with an internet connectivity that exceeds other conflict zones, where are the Palestinian posters?

Opennet does state that there is substantial social network filtering and I wonder if the powers that be at ATS can determine if this forum is on the watch list? Failing that, can any other ATS member answer this question?

To keep journalistic integrity to our forum, it is necessary we seek Palestinian views from either inside Gaza and the West Bank or from anywhere else in the world.




posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 07:15 AM
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I'm sure they're out there, somewhere..
Maybe Arabic forums?
Am I the only Israeli here?
I sort of stumbled upon this forum...



posted on Jun, 14 2010 @ 09:04 AM
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Originally posted by Eliad
I'm sure they're out there, somewhere..
Maybe Arabic forums?
Am I the only Israeli here?
I sort of stumbled upon this forum...


Eliad, I think I have spoken with you before? You once wrote that before peace, you must kill the hate. I'm with you on this, but it would appear to me that hate on both sides of this conflict has gone beyond the forgiveness stage? As an Israeli without right-wing attitudes, what would you do to begin building a bridge? A tall question, I know, but through reading your posts you seem like a moderate kind of person that still believes in humanity.



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