April 21, 2007

Using statistics to lie about discrimination

How Ha'aretz and 'Sikkuy: The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel' lie to mangle statistics. An excerpt from Steven Plaut via The Jewish Press:

Mark Twain once said there are three sorts of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.

Of the last group, the worst are 'advocacy statistics'. These are fabrications by advocacy groups that invent 'statistics' to advance political agendas. There are lots of these around, and they're familiar to all of us. They range from the supposed ten percent of humans who are homosexual, to the make-pretend numbers of Iraqi civilians who supposedly died in the Allied invasion of Iraq, to estimates of the numbers of Palestinian refugees, to the instances of college date-rapes alleged by feminist groups.

In Israel lately, several groups trying to paint Israeli Arabs as victims of discrimination have become masters at turning out false advocacy statistics. And these are generally eaten up and taken at face value by Israel's leftist journalists and the Bash-Israel world media.
So, does Israel discriminate against Arabs? Click The Jewish Press to read the rest of the article.