Number of Jews in Israel pass symbolic 6 million markBy Mason White 12:17 PM April 3, 2013
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By: Ryan Lee Hall
The number of Jews currently living in Israel have passed a symbolic milestone, according to the latest census data.
As the number of Jews living outside of Israel has been in decline the number of Jews living in Israel has exceeded six million, and is now home to the largest number of Jews in the world.
The report attributes the figures to the growing number of people who have immigrated to Israel and a rise in birth rates in Israel.
Since 2012, about 17,000 people have moved to Israel and 170,000 babies were born in the country. The total population of Israel has already surpassed the eight million mark.
Hebrew University Professor Sergio Della Pergola, who collected the data, said: “Israel has experienced a growth in the number of Jews last year, but the Jews in the world outside of Israel did not fare as well. Jews in Israel have multiplied while Jews around the world outside Israel have decreased.”
There are about 13.8 million Jews worldwide, accounting for 0.2 percent of the global population of seven billion.
The United States has the second highest concentration of Jews, with two million living in New York and five and a half million in total. France comes next, with 500,000 Jewish residents.
“It is great news to learn that the Jewish population in Israel has surpassed the 6 million mark. Until now, when speaking of 6 million Jews, everyone was referring to the number of Jews who were killed in the Holocaust during World War Two. The next mark to watch is Israel being the home of the majority of the Jewish population,” Moshe Jacobson, 45, of Beit Shemesh, Israel told YourJewishNews.com.
There are 1.6 million Arabs living in Israel and 350,000 Christians.