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    • Yonatan
    • 23.12.07 | 17:48 (IST)

    Jerusalem has a population of 724,000, of whom 65% are Jewish, 32% are Muslim, and 2% are Christian. This means that about 231,000 Muslim Arabs reside in Jerusalem. A high percentage of these receive National Insurance benefits, either because of their large families or vecause they are indigent. The Jerusalem Arab population is centered in various neighborhoods of East Jerusalem; there are practically no Arabs living in Westr Jerusalem or in the new Jewish neighborhoods built since the Six-Day War. Why, except for emotional reasons, do we need all these Arab neighborhoods with their indigenous and hostile populations? What good is there in increasing the Arab population of Israel, a population whose leadership is demanding rights as a national minority? Do we need to make these demands stronger by adding to the Arab ppulation? Therefore, I agree with Rabbi Eric Yoffe that Jerusalem must be divided (it aalready is), but for entirely different reasons.

    from the article: Reform head: U.S. Jews must not oppose compromise on Jerusalem
    First published 00:00 22.12.07 | Last updated 00:00 22.12.07
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