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Israel’s Jewish Birthrate Grows

A Chassidic Jewish man holds aloft a baby boy named Chaim Mordechai Gross in a 2009 Pidyon HaBen ceremony in Israel. (Illustration Photo)

A Chassidic Jewish man holds aloft a baby boy named Chaim Mordechai Gross in a 2009 Pidyon HaBen ceremony in Israel. (Illustration Photo)
Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90

The number of Jewish babies born in Israel has increased by nearly 20% since 2001, while at the same time the number of Muslim and Christian newborns has dropped by 5% and 10%, respectively, this according to Israel’s Immigration Authority.


The surprising statistics show that of the 1,568, 938 children born in Israel in the past decade the breakdown was 1,157,517 Jews, 387,308 Muslims and only 24,113 Christians.


The marked changes can be seen as a clear trend over time. In 2001, 69% of all children born in Israel in 2001 were Jewish, 28% were Muslim and 1.9% Christian. However, in 2010, 76% of those born in Israel were Jewish, while only 22% were Muslim and 1.3% Christian – a clear drop.


In 2011, Israel saw 107,207 Jewish babies born, only 30,341 Muslims, and 1,864 Christians.


Similar findings came from the American-Israeli Demographic Research Group whose analysis shows that over the past 15 years, the number of Arab births in Israel has remained more or less steady at around 39,000, while Jewish births grew over this period from 80,000 to 120,000.


Secular Jewish women now give birth to an average of 2.6 babies, as opposed to their parents, who bore only 2.1 children each.


Fiscal considerations also play a role in child bearing rates. The number of Bedouin (nomadic Arab) births has dropped by 30%, ever since a sharp cut in child allowance payments was introduced several years ago.

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