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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.
To put this into perspective, Gaza is about half way in a ranking of
over 200 countries or regions, (109 out of 224) with an infant mortality
rate of almost 18 per thousand live births, a little over four times
Israel's. In the West Bank, according to the CIA World Factbook, the
Infant Mortality Rate total: 15.41 deaths/1,000 live births, that is,
lower than Gaza, lower than Egypt, Turkey and Iran.
The statistics for maternal mortality rates does not seem to be
present in the CIA World Factbook, or at least, I could not see it. I also
question whether a statistic based on 4 deaths and then converted into the
60 deaths per 100,000 adequately describes or explains the reasons for
maternal deaths in Bethlehem/West Bank. Nevertheless, the implication of Drife's article is
clear: Israel deliberately refuses admission to hospital in Israel for
Palestinians. Israel deliberately sets out to harm Palestinians.