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Israel’s Jewish Population Passed Crucial 6 Million Mark: Central Bureau of Statistics

Jan 2, 2013 15:48 IST

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) in the last week of December 2012 revealed that the Jewish population of Israel passed the crucial mark of 6 million for first time. This is equal to the Jews killed in Holocaust. According to the Israel’s CBS the overall population of Israel was 7.98 million out of which 75.4 percent were Jewish. The Arab population of Israel accounted for 20 percent and 4 percent were defined as others.

However it was made clear that the position of Jews worldwide was the same. Before Holocaust, the number of Jews across the world was 18 million. After it, the number was just a little more than the mark of 13 million. Even now, the population is just a little more than 13 million. Nevertheless, the population of Jews in Israel is somewhere near half the population of Jewish nations across the world, which would put Israel in central place.

Other figures were released by Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics and it was found that the overall population of Arabs in Palestine and Israel would be equivalent to that of Jews by 2016. It was also revealed that the population of Arabs would exceed that of Jews by 2020.

Jewish population in Israel increased by ten times since the declaration of this state in May 1948 when the number of Jewish citizens was just 660000.

What is Holocaust?

Holocaust is said to be the bureaucratic, systematic and state-sponsored murder of around six million Jews by Nazi regime as well as collaborators. Holocaust is the Greek-origin word which means sacrifice by fire. Nazis acquired power in January 1933 in Germany and considered Jews as racially inferior. This genocide occurred during the Second World War.

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