A Look At Jerusalem's Old City
(IsraelNN.com) Following are some facts about Jerusalem's Old City extracted
from a study conducted by the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies (JIIS).
Received on October 19, 2004
The Old City has one of the world’s highest density rates – The population
has grown by 42% since 1967, with the highest absolute growth in the Muslim
community. The Muslim population remained constant from 1967 to 1983, but
then jumped from 16,760 in 1983 to 22,814 in 1995 and 23,550 in 2000. There
are 33,500 people living in the Old City today.
The Jewish population has risen from zero in 1967 to 2,235 in 1983, 2,802
in 1995 and 3,840 today. Among the Jewish population, 70% are hareidi (ultra-Orthodox),
25% are orthodox, only 5% are secular, compared to 40% among the Jews who
returned to the Old City after 1967. The Jewish population growth had been
mainly in the Jewish quarter and now about 800 Jews reside in the non-Jewish
The Christian population dropped from 6,994 in 1967 to 6,483 in 1983. In
1995, there were 6,750 Christian in the Old City and the numbers dropped
since then. Because of the Muslim population growth and the return of the
Jews, the percentage of Christians living in the Old City drooped by 5.5%
A tremendous growth in the strength of the Waqf - Out of the 879 dunams (219
acres) of land in the Old City, 223 are owned by the Islamic Waqf- 25%. Muslims
own 23%, the Christians 31%, and the remaining 21% by the State of Israel.
Vast increase in the number of Holy Places - The Old City is growing more
religiously in its character – the number of holy places has grown from the
30 cited in a 1949 UN list to 328 in 2000.
The report notes the overcrowding, the poverty and the deteriorating infrastructures
in the Muslim Quarter and calls for its rehabilitation.
Extensive illegal residential construction has been carried out in the Old
City, often in cellars and courtyards, with almost no supervision by the
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