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    Census: One quarter of Israel s children are Muslims By Moti Bassok, Haaretz Correspondent - February 1, 2004
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      Census: One quarter of Israel's children are Muslims

      By Moti Bassok, Haaretz Correspondent - February 1, 2004

      http://www.haaretzdaily.com/hasen/spages/389574.html

      Four hundred and fifty thousand children below the age of 14, one
      quarter of Israel's total youth population, are Muslims, the Central
      Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced on Sunday. Israel's total Muslim
      population stands at 1.7 million, 16 percent of the overall
      population, at the beginning of 2004.

      According to data released by the CBS on the occasion of the Id al-
      Adha festival, the Arab sector's growth rate over the past number of
      years stands at 3.4 percent. This figure is 2.4 times larger than the
      Jewish sector's growth rate, which stands at 1.4 percent. The growth
      rate among Israel's Muslim population is one of the highest in the
      world, including the rates of neighboring Arab states.

      Nearly all the growth in the Muslim population, 98 percent, is
      attributed to natural growth (more births than deaths).

      Only three percent of Israel's Muslim population is over the age of
      65, while 12 percent of the Jewish population is older than 65.

      Israel's Muslims live in some 186,000 households, some 10 percent of
      Israel's total households. 5.3 individuals live in the average Muslim
      household, compared to 3.1 individuals in the average Jewish home. At
      least one nuclear family lives in most Muslim homes in Israel. In
      just four percent of Muslim households live individuals without any
      family connections, compared to more than 20 percent in the Jewish
      sector.

      Most Muslim households are traditional families comprising two
      parents and children. Four percent of families are headed by a single
      parent with at least one child aged 17 or younger, compared to seven
      percent in the Jewish sector.

      Most Israeli Muslims live in primarily Arab communities, particularly
      when speaking of communities with less than 20,000 residents.

      Jerusalem has the largest number of Muslim residents in Israel, and
      the 210,000 residents make up 20 percent of the country's total
      Muslim population and 31 percent of the capital city's general
      population.

      Some 41,500 Muslims live in Nazareth, 37,900 in Umm el-Fahm, 34,000
      in Rahat, 30,300 in Taibeh, 23,900 in Tamra, 21,300 in Sakhnin and
      17,500 in Shfaram.

      Forty percent of Muslims in Israel, more than 410,000 residents, live
      in the north, making up 36 percent of northern Israel's total
      population. More than 150,000 Muslims live in the Haifa district and
      another 130,000 Muslims live in each of the central, Tel Aviv and
      southern regions.

      According to a population forecast made by the CBS, Muslims will make
      up 20 percent of Israel's population by 2020. Muslims will comprise
      85 percent of the total Israeli Arab population by 2020, compared

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