The writer is an Islamabad-based freelance columnist .
Why are Jews so successful?
By: Dr Farrukh Saleem.
There are only 14 million Jews in the world; seven million in the
Americas , five million in Asia, two million in Europe and 100,000
in Africa . For every single Jew in the world there are 100
Muslims. Yet, Jews are more than a hundred times more successful than
all the Muslims put together. Ever wondered why?
Jesus of Nazareth was Jewish. Albert Einstein, the most influential
scientist of all time and TIME magazine's 'Person of the Century',
was a Jew.
Sigmund Freud -- id, ego, superego -- the father of psychoanalysis
was a Jew. So were Karl Marx, Paul Samuelson and Milton Friedman.
Here are a few other Jews whose intellectual output has enriched
the whole of humanity:
Benjamin Rubin gave humanity the vaccinating needle. Jonas Salk
developed the first polio vaccine. AlBert Sabin developed the
improved live polio vaccine. Gertrude Elion gave us a leukemia
fighting drug. Baruch Blumberg developed the vaccination for
Hepatitis B. Paul Ehrlich discovered a treatment for syphilis (a
sexually transmitted disease). Elie Metchnikoff won a Nobel Prize
in infectious diseases. Bernard Katz won a Nobel Prize in
neuromuscular transmission. Andrew Schally won a Nobel in
endocrinology (disorders of the endocrine system; diabetes,
hyperthyroidism). Aaron Beck founded Cognitive Therapy
(psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, depression and phobias).
Gregory Pincus developed the first oral contraceptive pill. George
Wald won a Nobel for furthering our understanding of the human eye.
Stanley Cohen won a Nobel in embryology (study of embryos and their
development) . Willem Kolff came up with the kidney dialysis
Over the past 105 years, 14 million Jews have won 15-dozen Nobel
Prizes while only three Nobel Prizes have been won by 1.4 billion
Muslims (other than Peace Prizes).
Why are Jews so successful?
Stanley Mezor invented the first micro-processing chip. Leo Szilard
developed the first nuclear chain reactor. Peter Schultz, optical
fibre cable; Charles Adler, traffic lights; Benno Strauss,
Stainless steel; Isador Kisee, sound movies; Emile Berliner,
telephone microphone; Charles Ginsburg, videotape recorder.
Famous financiers in the business world who belong to Jewish faith
include Ralph Lauren (Polo), Levi Strauss (Levi's Jeans), Howard
Schultz (Starbuck's) , Sergey Brin (Google), Michael Dell (Dell
Computers), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Donna Karan (DKNY), Irv Robbins
(Baskins & Robbins) and Bill Rosenberg (Dunkin Donuts).
Richard Levin, President of Yale University, is a Jew. So are Henry
Kissinger (American secretary of state), Alan Greenspan (Fed
chairman under Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush), Joseph Lieberman,
Madeleine Albright (American secretary of state), Casper Weinberger
(American secretary of defense), Maxim Litvinov ( USSR foreign
Minister), David Marshal ( Singapore 's first chief minister),
Issac Isaacs (governor-general of Australia ), Benjamin Disraeli
(British statesman and author), Yevgeny Primakov (Russian PM),
Barry Goldwater, Jorge Sampaio (president of Portugal ), John
(CIA director), Herb Gray (Canadian deputy PM), Pierre Mendes
(French PM), Michael Howard (British home secretary), Bruno Kreisky
(chancellor of Austria ) and Robert Rubin (American secretary of
In the media, famous Jews include Wolf Blitzer (CNN), Barbara
Walters (ABC News), Eugene Meyer ( Washington Post), Henry Grunwald
(editor-in-chief Time), Katherine Graham (publisher of The
Washington Post), Joseph Lelyyeld (Executive editor, The New York
Times), and Max Frankel (New York Times).
Can you name the most beneficent philanthropist in the history of
the world? The name is George Soros, a Jew, who has so far donated
a colossal $4 billion most of which has gone as aid to scientists
and universities around the world. Second to George Soros is Walter
Annenberg, another Jew, who has built a hundred libraries by
donating an estimated $2 billion.
At the Olympics, Mark Spitz set a record of sorts by wining seven
gold medals. Lenny Krayzelburg is a three-time Olympic gold
medalist. Spitz, Krayzelburg and Boris Becker are all Jewish.
Did you know that Harrison Ford, George Burns, Tony Curtis, Charles
Bronson, Sandra Bullock, Billy Crystal, Woody Allen, Paul Newman,
Peter Sellers, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Ben Kingsley, Kirk
Douglas, Goldie Hawn, Cary Grant, William Shatner, Jerry Lewis and
Peter Falk are all Jewish?
As a matter of fact, Hollywood itself was founded by a Jew. Among
directors and producers, Steven Spielberg, Mel Brooks, Oliver
Stone, Aaron Spelling ( Beverly Hills 90210), Neil Simon (The Odd
Couple), Andrew Vaina (Rambo 1/2/3), Michael Mann (Starsky and
Hutch), Milos Forman (One flew over the Cuckoo's Nest), Douglas
Fairbanks (The Thief of Baghdad ) and Ivan Reitman (Ghostbusters)
are all Jewish.
To be certain, Washington is the capital that matters and in
Washington the lobby that matters is The American Israel Public
Affairs Committee, or AIPAC. Washington knows that if PM Ehud
Olmert were to discover that the earth is flat, AIPAC will make the
109th Congress pass a resolution congratulating Olmert on his
William James Sidis, with an IQ of 250-300, is the brightest human
who ever existed. Guess what faith did he belong to?
So, why are Jews so successful?
Why are Muslims such failures?
There are an estimated 1,476,233,470 Muslims on the face of the
planet: one billion in Asia, 400 million in Africa , 44 million in
Europe and six million in the Americas . Every fifth human being is
a Muslim; for every single Hindu there are two Muslims, for every
Buddhist there are two Muslims and for every Jew there are one
hundred Muslims. Ever wondered why Muslims are such failures?
Here is why: There are 57 member-countries of the Organisation of
Islamic Conference (OIC), and all of them put together have around
500 universities; one university for every three million Muslims.
The United States has 5,758 universities and India has 8,407. In
2004, Shanghai Jiao Tong University compiled an 'Academic Ranking
of World Universities', and intriguingly, not one university from
Muslim-majority states was in the top-500.
As per data collected by the UNDP, literacy in the Christian world
stands at nearly 90 per cent and 15 Christian-majority states have
a literacy rate of 100 per cent. A Muslim-majority state, as a
sharp contrast, has an average literacy rate of around 40 per cent
and there is no Muslim-majority state with a literacy rate of 100
per cent. Some 98 per cent of the 'literates' in the Christian
world had completed primary school, while less than 50 per cent of
the 'literates' in the Muslim world did the same. Around 40 per
cent of the 'literates' in the Christian world attended university
while no more than two per cent of the 'literates' in the Muslim
world did the same.
Muslim-majority countries have 230 scientists per one million
Muslims. The US has 4,000 scientists per million and Japan has
5,000 per million. In the entire Arab world, the total number of
full-time researchers is 35,000 and there are only 50 technicians
per one million Arabs (i n the Christian world there are up to
1,000 technicians per one million). Furthermore, the Muslim world
0.2 per cent of its GDP on research and development, while the
Christian world spends around five per cent of its GDP.
Conclusion: The Muslim world lacks the capacity to produce knowledge.
Daily newspapers per 1,000 people and number of book titles per
million are two indicators of whether knowledge is being diffused
in a society. In Pakistan, there are 23 daily newspapers per 1,000
Pakistanis while the same ratio in Singapore is 360. In the UK ,
the number of book titles per million stands at 2,000 while the
same in Egypt is 20.
Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to diffuse knowledge.
Exports of high technology products as a percentage of total
exports are an important indicator of knowledge application.
Pakistan 's export of high technology products as a percentage of
total exports stands at one per cent. The same for Saudi Arabia is
0.3 per cent; Kuwait , Morocco , and Algeria are all at 0.3 per
cent while Singapore is at 58 per cen
Conclusion: The Muslim world is failing to apply knowledge.
Why are Muslims failures? Because we aren't producing knowledge.
Why are Muslimsfailures? Because we aren't diffusing knowledge.
Why are Muslims failures? Because we aren't applying knowledge.
And, the future belongs to knowledge-based societies.
Interestingly, the combined annual GDP of 57 OIC-countries is under
$2 trillion. America , just by herself, produces goods and services
worth $12 trillion; China $8 trillion, Japan $3.8 trillion and
Germany $2.4 trillion (purchasing power parity basis).
Oil rich Saudi Arabia , UAE, Kuwait and Qatar collectively produce
goods and services (mostly oil) worth $500 billion; Spain alone
produces goods and services worth over $1 trillion, Catholic Poland
$489 billion and Buddhist Thailand $545 billion. (Muslim GDP as a
percentage of world GDP is fast declining).
So, why are Muslims so failures? Answer: Lack of education.
All we do is shout to Allah the whole day and blame everyone else
for our multiple failures.