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September 06, 2009

AP Wrong on Jewish Quarter

In a fascinating article about Arabs moving into Jewish neighborhoods in Jerusalem, AP's Ben Hubbard incorrectly writes that "the Old City's Jewish Quarter is closed to Arabs." In fact, Arabs can and do live in the Jewish Quarter. As noted earlier by CAMERA's Alex Safian:

According to the most recent figures available online (from the 1995 Census of Population and Housing) at least 480 Muslims lived in the Jewish Quarter, making up 22.5% of the quarter’s population. In contrast, Jews made up just 1.68% of the Muslim Quarter’s population. Even in absolute terms, the 480 Muslims living in the Jewish Quarter outnumbered the 380 Jews living in the much larger Muslim Quarter. (The Jerusalem Statistical Yearbook gives the total population of the quarters, along with their numerical designation – the Jewish Quarter is Sub-quarter 63 of Jerusalem, the Muslim Quarter Sub-quarter 64. The Census of Population and Housing then gives the religious breakdown of the population by sub-quarter and even by the more detailed measure of statistical area; the relevant figures are on and near line 1639 of this spreadsheet.)

Posted by TS at September 6, 2009 06:27 AM


To live in the Jewish Quarter the government agency, the Jewish Quarter Development Company, requires that one must be an Israeli citizen, not a tourist.
Arab citizens can and do live in the area under their jurisdiction.

Barnea Levi Selavan
Jewish Quarter resident

Posted by: barnea Levi Selavan at September 7, 2009 09:31 AM

Something smells fishy when europeans cry louder for Arab negotiation positions than do the Arabs themselves! It semms to me that europe thinks that Israel is one of "their" colonies, and that it's their "god given right" to impose a White Paper upon Jews living in their own country.

Posted by: moshe at September 8, 2009 03:04 AM

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