According to Israel’s Ministry of the Interior, at the current growth rate Jerusalem’s population will pass the one million mark in about two years. A worrisome statistic states that 40% of the residents of the capital are not Jews. According to Councilman Dr. Meir Margalit in a Maariv interview, “We will soon see a Palestinian mayor.”
According to 2012 numbers, Jerusalem is home to 952,330 residents, an increase of 19,217 residents from 2011. The non-Jewish population increased by 1.5% as opposed to the previous year.
The ministry examines the number of residents under 18 in the different population groups towards predicting the trend in the coming years. At present there are 9,407 18-year-old Jews as compared to 9,162 18-year-old non-Jews in the capital.
If one looks as birthrates however, the difference between Jews and non-Jews is significant. Of the 23,392 infants born in Yerushalayim in 2012, 15,372 are Jewish and 8,020 non-Jews. Jerusalem City Hall reports the high Jewish birthrate is primarily due to the chareidi community as the non-frum community continues to shrink and losing a foothold demographically speaking. In the coming years, Jerusalem will be divided between the chareidim and the Arabs.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)