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July 09, 2015

Los Angeles Times Halves Israel's Arab Population

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In a film review last week, The Los Angeles Times ("Life in Israel from an Arab's view") understates the percentage of Israel's Arab population by half. The review states: "'A Borrowed Identity' deals with the situation of the roughly 10% of the state of Israel population (1.617 million people, we are told) who are Palestinians."

In fact, Israel's Arab population constitutes just over 20 percent of the country's total population. According to Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics (in Hebrew), as of April 21, 2015, Israel's total population was 8.345 million, of which 1.730 are Arab (20.7 percent).

As The Los Angeles Times correctly reported on March 13, 2015, "Arabs make up one-fifth of the population but have long felt disconnected from Israeli politics -- until now."

Likewise, the paper correctly reported Jan. 16, 2015: "In a country where Arabs make up about 20% of the population, the village is separated from other Arab communities nearly as much as from its Jewish neighbors."

CAMERA has requested a correction. Stay tuned for an update.

July 19, 2015 Update: LA Times Corrects: Israel's Arab Population Is 20 Percent

Posted by TS at July 9, 2015 04:41 AM


Another correction should also deal with the questionable and worryingly increasing tendency to call all members of Israel's Arab minority Palestinian Israelis

This at best lazy and at worst propagandistic practice is not only dubious from the historical point of view - an Arab Moslem majority polity called Palestine has never existed - but is not in accordance with general usage (e.g Italian Americans, Irish Americans, etc.)

Posted by: Paul Leslie at July 9, 2015 07:28 AM

In Israel, the Arab population is Israeli, not Palestinian. Me...I am a Jewish Canadian. My friend is an Arab Israeli. Is that so hard?

Posted by: Shira at July 9, 2015 02:04 PM

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