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Demographics, The Demographic Time-Bomb

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Demographics, The Demographic Time-Bomb - The Peace FAQ
Demographics, The Demographic Time-Bomb
Frequently Asked Questions:
q
Are Jews 'Judaizing' Jerusalem? Are they overpopulating it and
displacing Arabs?
q
Are the Jews a majority in Jerusalem, and how far do such estimates
go back?
q
Israel is the only Jewish State, while there are 22 Arab States. Are
Israelis committed to remaining a viable Jewish State?
Are Jews 'Judaizing' Jerusalem? Are they overpopulating it and
displacing Arabs?
q
* In Jerusalem Arab growth rate surpasses that of the Jews

1. Since 1967 Jerusalem 'sJe w i sh population has increased by only 105% , while itsAr a b population has increased by 156% . In other words, despiteAr a b charges thatI sr a e l is "Judaizing"the city,

Jerusalem is less Jewish today than it was in 1967. (This and the
next 2 points are based on 1993 data from the Statistical Yearbook
ofJe r u sa l e m .)
2. Excluding the Old City (where little building takes place), the
average size ofJe w i sh homes inJe r u sa l e m is 67.2 square meters,
while the average size ofAr a b homes is 75.1 square meters.

3. While theAr a b population ofJe r u sa l e m has increased greatly,
crowding has actually decreased. Since1 9 6 7 the number of rooms-
per-person inAr a b households has increased by 11% .

4. Much of the newAr a b building inJe r u sa l e m has taken place in the
neighborhoods of Ras al-Amud andAr a b a-Suwachra in the south-
east, and in Shuafat and Beit Hanina in the north.Ar a b villages
within the city, such as Isawiya, A-Tur, Sur Bacher and Beit Safafa,
have also grown significantly.
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5. Meron Benvenisti , the former Deputy Mayor ofJe r u sa l e m , now much quoted byI sr a e l's critics, in the past criticized propagandists who distortedAr a b andJe w i sh population growth inJe r u sa l e m :

"These complaints were taken up and accepted in wide circles all
over the world. However, demographic data did not justify such
complaints. The massiveI sr a e l i efforts only ensured that the growth
of theJe w i sh population of the city did not lag behind that of the
Arab community. As in many other areas, the complaints rested not

so much on real facts as on the declarations of politicians. The efforts made for the rapid construction and development of the city brought about a relatively swift growth of theJe w i sh population, but they also

brought about a relatively faster growth of theAr a b community. Like
Siamese twins, the two communities nourished each other and were
obliged to advance at the same pace. The true beneficiary of the
efforts directed towards development was not theJe w i sh community,
nor theAr a b one, it was the city as a whole". (Jerusalem , The Torn
City, 1976)
Since Benvenisti wrote these words in 1976,Je w i sh building in
Jerusalem has continued to lag behind the Arab efforts, as noted
above.
Prepared by:
Alexander Safian, Ph.D., Associate Director of the Committee for
Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America
Are the Jews a majority in Jerusalem, and how far do such
estimates go back?
q

"The sedentary population ofJe r u sa l e m numbers about 15,500 souls,
of whom 4,000 are Mussulmans [Muslim s] and 8,000Je w s. ...[ the]
Mussulmans, forming about a fourth of the population [ are not a

uniform group, as they are] consisting of Turks,Ar a b s andMo o r s."
- Karl Marx , 1854, quoted in Karl Marx and Jerusalem , bySh l o m o
Avineri, The Jerusalem Post , Sept 4 2000
q
"What is the population at present?" asked Will.
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"It is variously estimated," said Mr. Crunden. "No
accurate census has been taken, and we have to
estimate. Ten years ago it was placed at from 25,000
to 30,000. The Episcopal Bishop ofJe r u sa l e m now
estimates it at from 50,000 to 60,000. It has increased
rapidly of late years."
"Are the most of theseMo h a m m e d a n s?"
"No. The majority areJe w s. TheMo h a m m e d a n s are
next in number. There are, however, perhaps 10,000
Christians, mostly Greeks, though there are many
Roman Catholics, several hundred Armenians, and
some Protestants."
- by B. W. Johnson , in Young Folks in Bible Lands: Chapter X, 1892
Israel is the only Jewish State, while there are 22 Arab States. Are
Israelis committed to remaining a viable Jewish State?
q
...We are dealing with politicians who daily perceiveAr a b hostility but
who cannot cope with such hostility because of their compulsive,
egalitarian mentality. A mindless self- defense mechanism induces

them to defame as "racist " anyone who, out of concern for the
cultural self-preservation of the Jewish people, recommends some
limitation on thev o t i n g power ofI sr a e l's burgeoningAr a b population.
(The simple desire for cultural self-preservation prompted Japan to

limit citizenship toe t h n i c Japanese. Which indicates thatd e m o cr a ci e s
which do not make equality a fetish or totalitarian principle [ need not
succumb from egalitarinism].)
Is itr a t i o n a l, is it just, thatAr a b s opposed toI sr a e l's existence
should be accorded the equal political rights ofJe w s who work or
fight and even die for Israel's existence? How shall we describe those
who insist on such indiscriminate, such monstrous, equality even
though thisd e m o cr a t i c principle will logically lead tod e m o cr a t i c
I srael's demise?
...thee g a l i t a r i a n and culturally neutral principle of one adult/ one
vote will enable Israel's prolific Arabs to Transform the country into
anAr a b-I slam ic dictatorship. ...compulsivee g a l i t a r i a nism prevents
them from addressing this dilemma. This compulsion, permeated by
fear, inhibits politicians across the political and religious spectrum
from confronting the problem ofI sr a e l's shrinkingJe w i sh majority.
They surely know from current estimates thatAr a b s, now 20% of
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