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The Population of Israel - April 2017

Total Population 8.7 million

Jews 6.5 million

Arabs 1.8 million

Others 388,000

New Immigrants in 2016 27,000

43% of all Jews worldwide now live in Israel.

The number of Arab Christians in Israel = approximately 161,000.

There are believed to be around 20,000 Messianic believers (Jews who accept Jesus as their Messiah).

The Israeli cities with the largest Arab Christian populations are Nazareth (22,400), Haifa (14,600), Jerusalem (11,900) and Shefar-am (9,600). The largest non-Arab Christian concentrations are in Haifa (3,400), Tel Aviv (3,100) and Jerusalem (2,900).

Israel Poverty Update issued November 2016

Israel has one of the largest gaps between rich and poor in the developed world. (OECD)

Israel has the highest rate of child poverty in the world's 41 most developed countries worse than Mexico and Chile. (UNICEF)

  • 2,624,000 people - 31.9% of the population are living in poverty or are on the borderline;
  • 998,000 Children are living in poverty (35.2% of all children);
  • More than 444,900 Families are living in poverty;
  • Over 180,000 Elderly Israelis (23%) including Holocaust survivors are living in poverty;
  • 90% of the elderly cannot afford nursing care or help at home; 52% are unable to afford medicine or medical treatments; 43% suffer from malnutrition because they are unable to afford basic food.
  • 47% of those living in poverty are working but earn low salaries;
  • 54% of poor people had their water or electricity disconnected during the past year because they were unable to pay their bills;
  • 96% of the elderly who receive government allowance say they are unable to live with dignity;
  • School books versus Food - Over 60% of children did not have the necessary materials to study and 69% could not participate in school social activities.

Pray that the government will take serious steps to address this growing problem. Gidi Kroch, CEO of the Israel National Food Bank has said: "If the status quo stays as is, poverty and hunger will continue to hit us harder than our enemies from the outside."

NOTE:

There can be significant differences between official government figures and those from NGOs working with the poor. For example NGO LATET reports 2,624,000 live in poverty including 998,000 children but the official government figure is 1,709,300 including 776,500 children.

While the government figures are based on income alone, the LATET figures to determine poverty are based on a person's shortages in 5 categories - each reflecting essential needs to live with dignity: Housing, education, health, food security and the ability to meet the cost of living.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 May 2017 16:12

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