How Many Arabs Live Between the Jordan River and the Sea? A Mystery No One Wants to Solve

There's a debate raging over the numbers of Jews and Arabs living between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River. At its center are two vastly different views, each of which merits serious consideration

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Michael Milshtein
Michael Milshtein

Around two months ago, the director of the Palestinian Authority’s Central Bureau of Statistics issued an unusual statement, one that in more normal times would have resonated on both sides of the Green Line. Dr. Ula Awad announced that for the first time, according to the bureau’s findings, parity exists in terms of the number of Jews and Arabs living between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River. Each group numbers approximately 7 million people, she maintains. Among the Palestinians, some 3.2 million live in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, 2.1 million in the Gaza Strip, and within Israel there are 1.7 million Arab citizens.

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