At the end of 2012 Israel population was approximately 8,018,000 inhabitants.
The Jews in Israel and abroad consider the Kotel the
Holiest Site in Judaism
The Jews in Israel come from different origins like Europe and the Americas and other groups from Asia and Africa. A great percentage of the Jewish population of 2011 is made of Sabras.
This is the term used to call the Israeli born citizens; some are Sabras for various generations. The origin is as varied as the Jewish people, Ashkenazi Jews as re those that they or the ancestors came from Central Europe and mainly spoke Yiddish.
The Sephardim are those Jews from Turkey and the Balkans. Their ancestors settled in that area more than 500 years ago after the Expulsion of the Jews from Spain (Sepharad is Spain in Hebrew).
The Mizrahi or Oriental Jews that came from North Africa like
Morocco, Libya, Algiers and the Arab countries of Asia like Iran, Iraq,
Syria and Lebanon among others.
There are other sects of the Jewish people like Beta Israel, Jews from India and Jews from Ethiopia.Click here to Share your Story
The Christians of Israel have free access to all Holy Sites
Arab Citizens of Israel are those and the descendants of those who stayed within Israel borders during the War of Independence when all Arab neighbors encourage them to leave in order to make it easier for them to destroy the recently born State of Israel.
These Arabs that are Israeli Citizens enjoy all the freedoms of the country and are represented in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). In comparison their brethren that left in 1948 to countries like Lebanon or Jordan are still kept as refugees until lately when a few changes have been made on their behalf.
Most Arabs in Israel are Sunni Muslim. Only a small minority are Shiah Muslim. There are also some varieties of Christians among the Arabs as well as Arab Druze.
Another sector of the Israeli Arabs are the Bedouins living in the north mostly in villages and the Bedouins of the south some of them nomadic and some living in towns and villages with little planning and permits.
The record largest Houmus in Abu Ghosh the friendliest of Arab Villages
Other minorities of Israel Population
The Circassians of the Galilee one of many minorities in Israel
Religion in Israel
As per the latest census the Jews in Israel Population belong to the following currents of Judaism:
Israel Population is as varied as it could be. Israel is the perfect example of a Melting Pot.
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