With amazement, I keep reporting about local statisticians who only know math but have no clue about the world they live in or need to investigate. And the reporters who faithfully transmit the nonsense.
The Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics has submitted its yearly report on home assaults. If you’re in a hurry, you could glance over the article and on the way, believe some of the garbage. But if you could spend just a few minutes on contemplation, you’d immediately see that something is very rotten in the state of statistics (thank you, Shakespeare).
First of all, at home, Arab [they mean Muslim; Arab Jews are grouped among the Jews] children in Israel are the least assaulted of all Israeli kids. In fact, they claim, Jewish children have double the chance to be assaulted as Arab ones. (They write twice as many/much but clearly do not mean that.) You believe that? No one does. Which doesn’t stop the Palestinian (formerly: Jerusalem) Post from making that the headline.
Then we are told that from those aged 20 years and up, 11.6% (they miscalculate and write 11.7%) are harmed at home.
Then we get all kinds of immaterial details followed by the closing worst paragraph. It’s not clear if the journalist or the researcher created it:
Nevertheless, 84.4% of those who responded to the survey said they felt safe walking around alone in the area of their homes – 91.2% of the men and 77.7% of the women.
The material word here is “nevertheless.” “Although” 11.6% of the adults are personally bothered, 84.4 feel safe. That means that everyone attacked at home feels unsafe plus 4%. How is that “nevertheless”?
And then we learn that 22.3% of all Israeli women, some 650,000, feel unsafe at home — but just as a curiosity — not as a shocking revelation that warrants a headline. How sexist, if that doesn’t shock. And that figure is given amidst all the underreporting that apparently goes on. Shocks me.