Take this brilliant test concocted by none other than the "Star" himself, Daniel Pinner, and find out! (No peeking!)
If, like most people, you have clear views on the Arab-Israel conflict, and you are convinced that you know how to bring peace to the
1. As is well known,
a) 1,034 times;
b) 837 times;
c) 408 times;
d) 1 time;
a) Al-Kuds ("The Holy");
b) Al-Medina al-Kuds ("The
c) Urusalim ("
d) Al-Kibla al-Awalani ("The First Direction [of prayer]");
e) By no name, because
3. The Dome of the Rock, on the
a) facing the Dome of the Rock;
b) in the north-west section, to face the Dome and
c) standing facing the Dome of the Rock, kneeling facing
d); facing the Dome of the Rock for certain prayers,
e) kneeling facing
4. The Jewish claim to the
a) the Book of Exodus;
b) the Book of Isaiah;
c) the Talmud;
d) the Midrash;
e) the Koran (Sura 5:20-21).
5. In popular literature, historical discussions, political debates, and other forums, the Palestinians' standard claim is that they are:
a) the descendants of the Biblical Philistines (a tribe originating in Crete, who invaded the
b) the continuation of the Biblical Canaanites (a Hamatic tribe, in perpetual warfare against the Philistines)
c) the descendents of the earliest Christians (i.e. Jews);
d) an integral part of the Arab nation (a Semitic nation originating in
e) all of the above.
e) meaningless, because there was never in history an independent country called
7. The earliest mention of
a) in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Genesis, when God commanded Abraham to go to
b) in the Hebrew Bible, in the Book of Joshua, when the Israelites conquered
c) in a stone plaque dating from about 600 BC, commemorating the Babylonian conquest of
d) in the New Testament;
e) in the year 135, after the European Roman invaders defeated the Jewish revolt, and re-named the province
8. "There is no such country [as
Who said these words?
a) Golda Meir, Prime Minister of
b) Moshe Dayan, Minister of Defence of
c) Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of
d) ! Abba Eban, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, in a speech in 1981;
e) Auni Bey Abdul-Hadi, a local Arab leader, addressing the British Peel Commission, 1937.
9. "The 'Palestinian People' does not exist. The creation of a Palestinian state is only a means for continuing our struggle against the State of Israel."
Who said this?
a) Egyptian dictator, President Gamal Abdul Nasser, addressing the Egyptian parliament, a month after the Six Day War, July 1967;
b) Jordanian King Hussein, a week before the Six Day War, May 1967;
c) Syrian dictator, President Hafez al-Assad, addressing the Arab League, 1994;
d) Iraqi dictator President Saddam Hussein, addressing the Iraqi nation in a televised speech, 2002;
e) Zahir Muhsein, executive member of the PLO, in an interview with the Dutch newspaper Trouw, March 1977.
10. On the eve of
11. In June 1982, the
12. The Palestine National Covenant (the constitution of the PLO) states that "
a) The State of
13. As its name suggests, the raison d'etre of the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organisation) is to liberate
a) The whole of
e) All of the above.
14. The PLO's purpose, as they and their supporters make clear, is to liberate the "occupied territories" which Israel captured in the Six Day War (5th-10th June 1967). This claim is proven by the historical fact that the PLO was founded:
a) in Ramallah, the biggest city in the
c) as a response to the establishment of the first Israeli settlement in
d) on the 10th anniversary of the Six Day War, in June 1977, in
e) 3½ years before the Six Day War, on 1st January 1964, in
15. In the 25-year period 1950-1974, the Arab countries (including
a) plummeted from 6,500,000 in 1967 to 3,000,000 i! n 2006;
b) plummeted from an estimated 5,000,000 in 1967 to less than 2,000,000 in 2006;
c) remained steady at 3,000,000, despite huge natural growth in the rest of the world;
d) increased at one tenth of the pace of natural population growth;
e) increased from about 750,000 in 1967 to an estimated 3,500,000 in 2006, a population growth of nearly 500% in less than 40 years, which is one of the highest rates of increase anywhere in the world.
a) dropped from slightly over 1,000,000 (40% of the overall population) in 1948 to 750,000 (20% of the population) in 2006;
b) remained at a steady 1,000,000 from 1948 to 2006, while the overall population has increased seven-fold;
c) increased from 500,000 in 1948 to 1,000,000 in 2006, representing a drop from 35% of the overall populati! on to just 12% in 58 years;
d) decreased steadily by 2% per year from 1948 onwards;
e) increased from 150,000 (15% of the overall population) in 1948 to about 1,400,000 (22% of the overall population) in 2006.
18. As of 2007, there are five universities (the Islamic University of Hebron; Bir Zeit University; Bethlehem University; Al-Najah University in Shechem [Nablus]; and Al-Ahzar in Gaza), and five religious higher education academies, throughout the "occupied territories". These institutes are:
a) all that remain of 25 institutes of higher education, the others having been destroyed by the Israeli occupation forces;
b) some o! f the oldest in the Arab world, with the Islamic
c) forced to operate secretly, because the Israeli authorities have banned them;
d) barely tolerated by the Israeli authorities;
e) all founded since the Israeli "occupation" of 1967, under Israeli auspices, the oldest one being the Islamic
19. Since the Israeli "occupation" of Judea,
a) by the Israeli military occupation authorities;
b) by the Israeli Army after military courts-martial;
c) by the Israeli civil administration, following criminal trials in civilian courts;
d) by Israeli civilian courts, acting under! special emergency regulations;
e) since September 1993 by the Palestinian Authority, in the autonomous zones, because
20. In early October 2005, an estimated 650 people charged the security fence/separation barrier, and an estimated 350 succeeded in crossing it. Security forces responded with bayonets, shotguns, and rubber bullets, killing between ten and fifteen! people. This incident was given minimal media attention, and has been entirely forgotten, because:
a) the world media is biased in
b) a dozen Palestinians killed is so commonplace, it is not even newsworthy;
c) the Israeli authorities imposed a media blackout;
d) Jewish settlers intimidated the journalists and photographers into silence;
e) the incident occurred along the security fence in
Every a) is worth 1 point; ! every b) is worth 2 points; every c) is worth 3 points; every d) is worth 4 points; every e) is worth 5 points.
Now add up your score. If your score is 20, then you answered a) to every question. You are politically correct, and base your ideas of the
If your score is between 21 and 99, then you might have a slightly more open mind than others, and you might know slightly more than the average media report contains. You might be interested in studying more on the subject.
If your score is 100, then you answered e) to every question. You answered every question correctly, have a good, solid knowledge of the issues involved, and are uninfluenced by official propaganda. Be careful: independent and honest thought might make you a target of Islamic terrorists and their left-wing cohorts.
If your score is below 20 or above 100, this means that you cannot even count properly. You are perfectly suited to become the Secretary General of the United Nations.
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