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Muslims nearly 40% of Jerusalem residents

About 18% of Israelis are Muslim.

Muslims pray near the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount during the Eid al-Adha holiday, June 28, 2023. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.
Muslims pray near the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount during the Eid al-Adha holiday, June 28, 2023. Photo by Jamal Awad/Flash90.

Nearly four in 10 Jerusalemites are Muslim, statistics released Tuesday by the Central Bureau of Statistics show.

Some 371,000 Muslims live in Israel’s capital, making up 38% of residents, according to the figures published for the current Eid al-Adha holiday.

In all, 1.75 million Muslims live in Israel, representing 18% of the country’s population of nearly 10 million.

The country’s Muslim population rose by 2.2% last year, down slightly from 2.3% the previous year.

Israeli Muslim women now have an average of three children, a figure similar to that of Jewish women, after two decades of decline in the fertility rate in Muslim society. Yet the Muslim population in Israel remains very young, with nearly a third under the age of 14, while less than 5% are over the age of 65.

About 75% of Israelis are Jews and 5% are Christians.

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