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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:23 PM

Israel's Jewish population passes 6 million mark

Source: The Guardian

Israel's Jewish population has passed the symbolically significant 6 million mark for the first time equivalent to the number of Jews killed in the Holocaust.

Figures released by the central bureau of statistics this week show the total population of Israel at 7.98 million, 75.4% of whom are Jewish. Just over 20% are Arab and 4% are defined as "other".

"It's a great joy to know there are more than 6 million Jews in Israel," said Dina Porat, chief historian of Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust museum and head of the Kantor centre for the study of contemporary European Jewry.

"But worldwide we are still in the same place. Before the Holocaust there were around 18 million Jews in the world; after it, a bit more than 13 million. We are still at a bit more than 13 million. But now Israel's Jewish population is close to half the Jewish nation worldwide. It puts Israel in a very central place. We are almost the only Jewish community that is growing."

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/01/israel-jewish-population-six-million

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:36 PM

1. I never realized the Jewish population was so small.

Apparently I never knew how many Jews were in the world, but I always thought there were far more than 13 million Jews worldwide.

You learn something every day. Thanks for the post.

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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:35 PM

2. always amazing to me


how such a small group engenders so much outsized hate.

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:40 PM

3. it's often because small groups that are attacked

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Response to dhol82 (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:42 PM

4. At the beginning of the Third Reich,

Jews made up less than 1% of Germany's population. Amazing how they were somehow responsible for all of Germany's problems, isn't it?

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Response to Brigid (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:51 PM

5. Same with the Romani people.

 

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