Jerusalem’s Arab Population Growth Declining

A Palestinian woman joins some 10,000 Palestinians in prayer at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque complex for their stricken leader Yasser Arafat, 05 November 2004, on the fourth Friday of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat appeared close to death at a military clinic outside Paris today, as …
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Ynetnews reports: The population in Jerusalem has been steadily increasing since 1967 while the increase in the city’s Arab population is on a steady decline, according to new research.

“The Jewish populace is, of course, the majority, and although that majority is diminishing, the rate in which it is doing so is slowing down,” said Yair Assaf-Shapira, a researcher in the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. “Now, we are at a state where the changes are becoming very small.”

Assaf-Shapira also spoke about the possibility of an Arab majority in Jerusalem, saying that “this subject was very popular about 5-10 years ago. I think that as long that this trend is becoming more certain, you can see that it’s not data errors—the number of children per mother in the Arab community is dramatically decreasing due to modernization, education and other factors.

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