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Michael
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Hi,

The fact that the Jewish population of the West Bank is rising faster than other parts of Israel is receiving big headlines. I noticed in the report that there are some towns where the population has gone down over the last year. Even Bet El, which seems like a prominent town, went down in numbers. What’s the explanation?

Baruch Gordon
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Excellent question. Each town where the population went down has its own little story. As a resident of Bet El, which you mentioned, I saw the fall in numbers too and researched it. It turns out that in the latter half of 2016, Bet El willfully evacuated 33 temporary houses (called in Hebrew Kara-villot) to make way for a huge construction project of 300 permanent units (in the first stage! More after that). So, at the end of 2016, there were 33 less houses in Bet El, but that is literally like a person standing at a construction site watching them dig a huge hole and complaining that they are supposed to be building up, not down! “Wait, wait a bit. These are just the… Read more »
Hannah
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For decades the argument against Israeli sovereignty in Judea-Samaria has been the growth rate of the Arab population – an assumption that if they become citizens they will be a threat to the Jewish character of Israel. The stats are apparently really hard to verify, and there are periodic claims that both the current and projected numbers for the Arab Judea-Samaria population are inflated.
So here we have surprisingly high numbers in Jewish residence and growth, but is it anywhere near that of the Arab population? And, if anyone claims ‘yes’ or ‘no’, how can we know if their figures are accurate?

Baruch Gordon
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Shalom Hannah, I am answering you based on a recent article by Michael Wise (link below). For decades, Israeli demographers warned of Arab takeover of Israel due to their birthrate. For example, in the 1980’s, highly-acclaimed Israeli demographer Sergio DellaPergola declared that within a few short years, there would be an Arab majority inside Green Line Israel. DellaPergola, a professor of statistics and demography at the Hebrew University, followed in the tradition of his professor and mentor, Roberto Bachi, who in 1947 advised David Ben-Gurion not to declare a sovereign Jewish state for the same reasons. Arnon Soffer, a professor of geography at Haifa University, declared in 2000 that there was already an Arab majority west of the Jordan River. However, an independent group under… Read more »
Yochanan Ellul
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Why do you call it “West Bank” and not the original Hebrew name? This is after what our enemies intent of denying us our own land and history call it!

Baruch Gordon
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Thanks Yochanan for your question. Our aim is to widely publicize the facts as they stand regarding the Jewish population in this region, because their proliferation renders a two-state solution unrealistic to most any thinking person. To gain the widest reach, we use the common term “West Bank” in our title. Consider that the AP article about this site was published in several hundred newspapers. That’s in part due to the fact that we present the site in the language of the media: the West Bank. Once reaching the site, thousands of people see, perhaps for the first time, that the term “Judea and Samaria” is interchangeable with the term “West Bank,” as you will see when you read the site and read the title… Read more »
Renato Minc
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How is the process to require to live in Samaria and Judea after Aliah?

Baruch Gordon
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Shalom Renato, Congratulations on your decision to move to Israel! I understand that you are asking how to select a community in Judea and Samaria, after making Aliya. Here are some pointers that might help: On the Nefesh B’Nefesh site, there is a page about housing: http://www.nbn.org.il/aliyahpedia-home/community-housing/ In the right column of the page is a box called: Community Profiles. Try pulling down the menu to seek out names of communities from all over Israel, including some (not all) in Judea & Samaria. On these pages, they have contact info of people in that community that you can turn to e.g. write them an email in English. The Moetzet Yesha (Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria) site has a page with ALL the… Read more »
Lev Reitblat
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How can you explain that the population of Maaleh Adumim during the last year increased only on 0.4% (from 40828 to 40996). This is significantly lower even than the average Israeli population growth of about 1.6% per year.

Baruch Gordon
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Shalom Lev,

In general, during some years, there’s more construction than in others.

This can depend on a variety of reasons such us authorizations from PM Netanyahu or other issues.

A successful mayor or council head is one who can navigate all the blockages standing in the way of construction and bring about robust progress in housing, to help alleviate the national housing crisis which persists in Israel, and prevents multiple young couples from purchasing a home, which is/was longstanding standard procedure for Israeli society.

If I come across more specific into on Maaleh Adumim, I will add it here.

Thanks for the inquiry, Baruch