• Israel’s Christian community increased by 2% in one year; 5% since 2019.

  • Arab Christians are thriving in Israel with 53% entering further education compared Israeli Jews (48%) and Israeli Arab Muslims (31%).

  • In contrast, Palestinian Authority figures show a decline in the Christian population in Palestinian territories.

Israeli Christians are increasing in number, according to new official figures. Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) says that the Israel’s Christian population has grown by two percent.

Latest data published by the CBS shows that Israel’s Christian community now numbers more than 185,000, just under two per cent of Israel’s total population of around 9.6m people.This is an increase of almost five per cent from 177,000 in December 2019.

The figures are in contrast to UK numbers published last year that revealed a decline of those identifying as Christian in England and Wales. 

The report is also evidence that Israel is a safe and secure place for Christians in a region where Christian persecution is rife. The growth of Arab Christians specifically also discredits those who attempt to smear Israel concerning its treatment of Israeli Arabs.

Of the country’s Christians, 75.8 per cent are Arab Christians. This community represents 6.9 per cent of Israel’s total Arab population.

The report concluded that more than half (52.9 per cent) of Arab Christians progressed to further academic studies after completing high school, a larger proportion than the Jewish population (48.2 per cent) and both non-Arab Christians and Arab Muslims (both 31.2 per cent).

The report says that Arab Christians were over-represented in law, mathematics, statistics, social sciences, and computer sciences in Israel’s higher education system. They were under-represented across courses in education, business, and paramedicine.

The average size of a Christian household (3.06 people) was closer to the average Jewish household size (3.05).

Both are lower than the average Muslim-headed household size of 4.46 people.

The Palestinian Authority’s census data estimates that the Palestinian Christian population has plummeted from around 70,000 in 1922 to 47,000 in 2017.


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