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Members of the Arab League

Can you guess the countries that are members of the League of Arab States?
Includes one partially-recognized country
Quiz by CrazyWombat
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Last updated: October 3, 2015
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Country
Algeria
Bahrain
Comoros
Djibouti
Egypt
Iraq
Country
Jordan
Kuwait
Lebanon
Libya
Mauritania
Morocco
Country
Oman
Palestine
Qatar
Saudi Arabia
Somalia
Country
Sudan
Syria
Tunisia
United Arab Emirates
Yemen
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Level 84
May 12, 2013
A little tricky since only 5-7 of these countries are actually Arab. And one of them is not a country.
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Level 14
May 3, 2014
How come only 5-7 are actually Arab countries and one of them is not even a country?!
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Level 51
May 5, 2014
Yeah lol go talk to the Arabs about that
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Level 70
Dec 31, 2015
It's because by their standards you can be considered an Arab if you speak Arabic, even if you're not an Arab by race.
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Level 30
Jan 4, 2016
because palestine isn't a country
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Level 49
Apr 29, 2020
Palestine is recognized as a country by the United Nations so technically Palestine is a country. Although countries such as the United States and Canada believe Palestine is not a country.
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Level 67
Jul 24, 2020
Ironically, Palestine is way more legitimate of a country than the US, Canada or any of the other settler colonial states that don't recognize it.
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Level 72
Apr 18, 2021
@canadry, That is one of the most ridiculous statements I have ever read
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Level 48
Nov 22, 2021
Palestine is recognized by 139 United Nations members currently.
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Level 66
Mar 14, 2022
And the US is recognized by more than that.
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Level 60
Oct 25, 2022
Not to mention the U.S. has full, undisputed control over its territory.
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Level 67
Oct 25, 2022
palestine is a country? recognised by majority of countries, and already an observer state in the UN - definitely on its way to achieving member status as long as it sorts itself out
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Level 67
Oct 25, 2022
@canadadry By what standards is Palestine more of a country than the US or Canada? The latter two have global recognition, full autonomy over their territory, and clearly defined borders and leadership.

Palestine has mixed recognition (and even many of those that do recognize it nominally don't really treat it like a country), limited autonomy, unclear borders and fractured and uncertain political control.

If you say the US and Canada are illegitimate because they are "settler-colonial states," what framework do we use to judge that? Vietnam is almost entirely on territory colonized and settled by the Vietnamese, whose homeland in southern China was similarly colonized and settled by the Chinese. Turkey was famously settled by the Turks, who displaced and often genocided the prior Christian inhabitants. Similarly, much Palestinian ancestry itself comes from the imperial settling by Arabs from the Umayyad Caliphate on.

So this is just history - populations have changed and moved.

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Level 65
Oct 25, 2022
No way you defending genocide
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Level 56
Oct 25, 2022
@woshiwaiguoren settler colonialism is different from what youre describing. what china did to vietnam, or the umayyad caliphate to israel, is conquest, what turkey did to greeks/armenians/kurds is genocide.

the state of israel on the other hand has the stated purpose of replacing palestinian people in israel with "jewish people" even tho many palestinians are jewish. on top of the fact that israel has continuously acted at the behest of the west its fair to see why people call it settler colonialism. palestinian people have lived in what is now israel for a very long time and saying that they are the result of umayyad settler colonialism is ridiculous considering that what is considered a "palestinian" genetically has lived in palestine for 1000s of years

plus implying that america and canada arent settler colonial states is weird. literally the entire history of those countries are settling once indigenous lands with the political backing of their respective governments.

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Level 55
Oct 25, 2022
I don't think it was about implying that US/Canada weren't settler colonies, more of just saying that that is how the populations originated and how that doesn't impact whether it is a country or not
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
let's all just agree that canadadry is wrong
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Level 84
Oct 29, 2022
^always a good rule of thumb
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Level 57
Nov 12, 2015
I can't even find 5 countries on this list that aren't Arab. Even the ones that aren't, have close ties with the Arab world.
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Level 84
Dec 31, 2015
Most of them are countries that speak Arabic. Or some dialect of Arabic, anyway. That doesn't make them Arab in my opinion. Nor in the opinion of anybody who lived in those countries prior to about 1900.
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Level 25
Dec 16, 2016
But they are members of the league
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Level 84
May 14, 2019
^ indeed they are. Did someone here say they weren't?
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Level 47
May 14, 2019
No one who lived in those countries prior to 1900 is still alive so...
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Level 84
May 15, 2019
That doesn't mean we don't have access to things that those people wrote, can't make factual observations about them, can't observe that things people today take for granted and treat as common sense are actually recent inventions, and use this knowledge toward noble pursuits like fighting tribalism, or less noble pursuits like starting a conversation because you are bored or noting why some answers on a trivia quiz may be more intuitive than others.
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Level 68
Dec 31, 2015
I'm pretty sure that the Arab League gets to decide who it wants to admit as a member country, regardless of Jetpunk's list of 196.
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Level 56
Jan 5, 2016
What?! Are you saying the Arab League has no consideration for jetpunk's country list? How rude!
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Level 67
May 16, 2019
The Arab League could certainly admit Sealand, Scotland, Santa's North Pole Kingdom, and South Vietnam, if it so chose, and could call all of them countries. Doing so would affect its membership rolls, but would not make any of the non-countries it admitted into countries.
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Level 57
Nov 3, 2021
Nor would it make them arab.
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Level 72
Dec 31, 2015
I think you're referring to the Arabian peninsula countries as the 'original' arabs, which is true. However most of the other countries have a dominant arab majority, and it's been that way for centuries. That makes them Arab both by ethnicity, language, and culture, so saying only 5-7 are Arab now isn't true (and sounds rather offensive to most Arabs :P)
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Level 84
Dec 31, 2015
It really has not been that way for centuries. These people did not start thinking of themselves as Arab until much more recently than that. They spoke dialects of Arabic, but everyone knew that they were not Arabs. They are genetically, culturally, and historically distinct from Arabs. Because of Arab conquest and subjugation of these people, they became linguistically and religiously similar, and of course there was genetic and and cultural sharing, but before the birth of pan-Arabism and Arab Nationalism, ideas that grew out of the 19th century idea of nationalism and, more specifically, a response to the nationalist movement which became known as Zionism, these people would have called themselves Copts, Syriacs, etc... but not Arab. Arab meant the nomad bedouins of the Arabian desert. They had their own proud distinct storied histories, in most cases stretching back much further than Arab history. Histories and identities that have since been suppressed by the Arab cause.
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Level 84
Dec 31, 2015
Calling a Moroccan, Algerian, Syrian, Egyptian or Somali an "Arab" makes almost as much sense as saying that English, Portuguese, French, Greek, Tunisian etc. people are all Roman. We call some of the languages spoken in these regions Latin and recognize the linguistic and cultural legacy left by the Roman Empire but we don't get this confused with the ethnicity of the people themselves because there was never any Roman Nationalism movement.
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Level 56
Jan 1, 2016
"I'll tell thee what, though. Being an Arab will be thornier than you suppose, Harith!" - Auda Abu Tayi, Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
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Level 81
Oct 11, 2016
This is a bit of knitpicking. Ethnical identities have been quite fluid, historically speaking, pretty much everywhere. Arab identity is constructed as much as French, Croatian, Turkish, etc.
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Level 84
May 14, 2019
I would have thought from how I phrased most of my comments that it would be clear I agree with Djilas, except for the use of the word nit-picking (or knitpicking). I'm doing neither. Just thinking out loud. There's nothing wrong with the quiz.
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Level 76
May 15, 2019
I don't know enough about this subject to jump in (although when did that ever stop me?) I only want to comment that after seeing the word knitpicking, it brings up a picture in my mind of someone carefully unraveling a mistaken stitch in knitting, a mind picture I much prefer to the one I see when the word nitpicking is used, since nits are the eggs of head lice. I think we should start a movement to use knitpicking instead. The meaning would be about the same :)
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Level 76
Dec 31, 2015
Question is not Arabian countries, it is Arab League members: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_League
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Level 58
Jan 3, 2016
To avoid confusion, I tend to use the following adjectives:

Arab - when referring to the culture

Arabic - when referring to the language

Arabian - when referring things specifically from the Arabian Peninsula

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Level 84
Jan 7, 2016
I think where most people today would use the word "Arab," a more accurate term would be "Arabic"- something related to Arab culture. But not actually Arab.

Similar to how it's more accurate to call some from Mexico Hispanic than it is to call them Spanish.

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Level 66
Jan 13, 2016
Try this quiz:

http://www.jetpunk.com/user-quizzes/142762/arab-countries

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Level 57
Aug 28, 2016
Would you include Jordan as an Arab country?
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Level 84
May 14, 2019
They're a bit iffy, being right on the edge of the historical boundary. Half in half out.
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Level 47
May 14, 2019
As a Jordanian, yes we consider ourselves Arabs and our country Arabic.
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Level 67
Oct 25, 2022
nah bro, the way we determine which countries are arab and which are not is by using a jetpunk user's extremely knowledgeable and well-versed grasp of the "boundary" that determines whether a country is arab or not.
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Level 84
Oct 26, 2022
^ this guy sounds super smart and probably knows what he's talking about.
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Level 55
Jan 26, 2023
sas
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Level 51
Jan 5, 2019
Palestine shouldn't be there
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Level 87
Apr 20, 2019
It is in fact a member of the Arab League.
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Level 22
Oct 25, 2022
Yes, the Jews invaded Palestine for land since they had none. So technically Israel isn't really a country and Palestine is.
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Level 45
Oct 28, 2022
Palestine was technically never a country it was always territory controlled by another empire unlike Israel.
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Level 67
May 14, 2019
easy
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Level 48
Feb 18, 2021
Which is not country? All of them are countries!!!
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Level 20
Feb 24, 2021
Palestine is technically Arab speaking, but is considered not a Country( fully- independent)
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Level 34
May 27, 2022
What do you mean one is not a country? Are you talking about Palestine?! It's all Israel and the united kingdom's fault! Palestine did nothing and they are being attacked!
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
This is a quiz website, not a political debate over the world's state of affairs. I'm not saying you can't talk about the world's problems, but this is not the place you're going to get your point across. If you need to talk about it, don't argue with others in every obscure corner of the internet, such as a random JetPunk comment thread. Find a group of people who agree with your opinions and talk about it together and peacefully, because people don't seem to understand that arguing doesn't change anyone's opinion, especially on the internet.
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Level 79
Oct 5, 2015
Should've read the instructions - I usually do. Also being in alphabetical order helped a lot!
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Level 84
Oct 9, 2015
Absolutely. It helped me find Comoros and Mauritania.
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Level 84
Oct 9, 2015
The case of Palestine is not a problem here. Palestine may not be a sovereign nation, but it is an existing organisation that can logically be a "member of the arab league".
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Level 84
May 14, 2019
Sure it can. and what this in effect means is that representatives from the PNA get to have a seat at the table of the Arab League, and the quiz is slightly more challenging since it includes one entity that unlike the others is not a sovereign state. But it's not a "problem," per se. Just a quirk of politics.
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Level 57
Jun 8, 2022
jetpunkers: palestine is recognised by 138 countries, is a UN observer state, but not a country

also jetpunkers: taiwan numba wan!!!

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Level 84
Oct 25, 2022
Jetpunkers: Taiwan is sovereign and Palestine is not.

Other Jetpunkers: seem to have an impossible time understanding what this means.

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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
I'm in the other JetPunkers category :))))
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Level 69
Dec 31, 2015
More like the league of instability.
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
Not the UAE tho
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Level 29
Dec 31, 2015
I got Palestine because of the hint in the description, but not the places that border it / Israel.

Enjoy your life.

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Level 65
Jan 1, 2016
Comoros was a surprise...got it by guessing African countries.
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Level 65
Oct 25, 2022
Took this in October 2015 and again in October 2022. Both times 21/22, couldn't come up with Comoros either time.
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Level 59
Jan 1, 2016
Yeah, Palestine isn't a country though is it. No matter what anyone says.
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Level 23
Jan 7, 2016
For all the Arabs and Muslims Palestine is a country and forever will be. I am a Muslim Arab and Palestine is my neighbor country since I was a kid. Israel is the one which is not a country for us. It is a plague in the middle. Soon Palestine will be declared as a country just like it has always been and soon everyone will know the reality about Israel. You have to live in the middle of the tension to get the facts.
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Level 84
Jan 28, 2016
I've lived there. Which neighboring country do you live in? Is it Egypt? Because you're clearly in de Nile.
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Level 86
Jul 1, 2016
Zing.

Princess, I think you can't see the forest for the trees.

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Level 72
Mar 18, 2020
Wow. Imagine if someone called your country a "plague".
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Level 57
Jun 8, 2022
yeah i wouldn't be that kind on israel since it's much worse
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Level 49
May 18, 2019
Do your research, over half of the world's countries recognise Palestine as a country...it only isn't an "official country" because the UN doesn't recognise it
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Level 67
Jul 24, 2020
Nah — that's Israel you're thinking of, friend. :)
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Level 46
Apr 14, 2016
How did I miss DJIBOUTI!!!! It was so obvious!!!
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
In what world is Djibouti obvious unless you're zoomed in on Northeast Africa or the Arabian peninsula?
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Level 87
Sep 29, 2016
How on earth, is Palestine a country???
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Level 63
Jan 12, 2017
How on earth did you not read the instructions???
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Level 83
Apr 27, 2017
Maybe they were taking this quiz from the Space Station.
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Level 87
Dec 25, 2017
Instructions say we must answer countries.
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Level 66
Jan 25, 2017
It might help to say what sport the league plays.
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Level 83
Apr 27, 2017
Buzkashi, baby!!!
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Level 84
Oct 25, 2018
lol almost missed the United ARAB Emirates. Would have felt pretty dumb about that.
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
It's fine, almost nobody remembers what the U.A.E. stands for
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Level 68
May 14, 2019
Palestine / Israel... yeah.. Well, Djibouti and Comoros were the challenging ones on this quiz. I'll go now.
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Level 48
May 14, 2019
If I didn't know any African countries starting with C (for Comoros) I'd be stuck. But thanks to Jetpunk's world quiz - I DO!
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
COTW quiz is how I memorized all the countries in 4 months
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Level 77
May 14, 2019
I came to this quiz after recently doing the one about countries that predominantly speak Arabic. Made this one a fairly easy 5 points.
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Level 39
May 14, 2019
Hey, I actually got all! Nice quiz
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Level 23
May 14, 2019
I was so focused of the other countries that I forgot Saudi Arabia. well oops
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
no way you actually forgot saudi arabia you're just trying to make a joke

even still it was funny

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Level 59
May 14, 2019
Got 18.
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Level 17
May 16, 2019
Great quiz
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Level 53
Jan 3, 2020
Never thought that Comoros, and island country probably between one and two-thousand miles away from the closest other country (in the Arab League), is in the Arab League. Wow.
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Level 57
Nov 3, 2021
Boats, you know
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
lol
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Level 38
Oct 8, 2021
Palestine isn't recognized by JetPunk
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Level 57
Jun 8, 2022
oh lemme contact the arab league officials and get it dispelled now. thanks for pointing out. the world will forever be grateful
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
JetPunk doesn't always recognize the same things the UN does, like JetPunk recognizes Taiwan but the UN doesn't and vice versa with Palestine.
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Level 28
Dec 10, 2021
palestine is definitely a country. thank you for adding it.
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Level 35
Dec 11, 2021
Ok how tf did I forget Syria, but remember Comoros.
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
I forgot Comoros AND JORDAN you're not alone
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Level 50
Feb 17, 2022
Palestine?
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Level 51
Apr 21, 2022
Still a full member of the Arab League. Also read the caveat at the top: Includes one partially recognized nation, hence Palestine.
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Level 22
Oct 25, 2022
The funny thing is that I made that same exact quiz a long time ago and didn't get featured.
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Level 46
Oct 25, 2022
alphabetical answers is the only reason I got Comoros
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Level 63
Oct 25, 2022
Probably wouldn’t have gotten Palestine if the answers weren’t in alphabetical order
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Level 66
Oct 25, 2022
Cyprus?? Just sayin'.

For those not getting the joke, it's that country that sits outside all the Jetpunk Venn diagrams.

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Level 84
Oct 27, 2022
Maybe in the 7th Century
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Level 22
Oct 25, 2022
I missed Comoros. I always forget it :(
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Level 43
Oct 26, 2022
palestine?!
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Level 42
Oct 27, 2022
Me not getting Jordan like an idiot