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Wednesday, February 21, 2007

"Ethnic Cleansing" in Jerusalem?

Next time you read about the "ethnic cleansing" of Jerusalem by evil Zionists, remember this article. Also remember - from 1948 to 1967, Jerusalem was under Jordanian rule. The Jews of Jerusalem were no longer allowed to live there.

Last update - 10:06 21/02/2007

Study: 57 percent of East Jerusalem residents are Arab

By Nadav Shragai, Haaretz Correspondent

Forty-three percent of East Jerusalem residents - 184,300 people - are
Jewish, and 57 percent Arab, according to figures to be released Thursday by the
Jerusalem Center for Israel Studies.

The study was released to coincide with the start of a lecture series
marking the fortieth anniversary of the city's unification.

From 1967 to 2005, Jerusalem's Arab population has grown from 68,600 to
244,800 - an increase of 257 percent.

During the same period, the Jewish population grew by just 140 percent -
from 197,700 in 1967 to 475,000 in 2005.

The relatively slow growth rate among the Jewish population has led to a
decline in its share of the city's population. From 74 percent in 1967, this
figure was 66 percent in 2005.

The Arab population, meanwhile, rose from 26 to 34 percent.

Population forecasts in Jerusalem indicate that if demographic trends
continue, the capital's population will rise to 958,900 in 2020 - 60 percent
Jews and 40 percent Arabs.

An annual comparison of the growth rate of the two populations shows the
Jewish growth rate higher than the Arab only six times between 1967 and

The years of high growth occurred in the 1970s, as large-scale building
projects were carried out in Jewish neighborhoods, and in the 1990s during the
massive absorption of immigrants from the former Soviet Union.

The report indicated that the government targets for Jerusalem's Jewish
population have not been reached.

In the early 1970s, the government estimated that the Jewish population had
to grow by 3.7 percent a year to maintain the demographic majority.

In the past four decades, however, the Jewish population grew by an average
of only 2.7 percent annually.

The average rate of population growth among Arabs during the same period
was 3.4 percent.

The large Jewish neighborhoods established in areas attached to the city in
1967 are Pisgat Ze'ev (population approximately 41,000), Ramot (40,000), Gilo
(27,000), Neve Yaakov (20,000), Ramat Shlomo (14,000), and East Talpiot

The largest Arab areas of East Jerusalem are Shuafat (34,000), the Muslim
Quarter of the Old City (26,000), Beit Hanina (24,000) and A-Tur-Aswana

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