Jerusalem (Jun. 23)
The mortality rate among Jews in Palestine is the lowest in the world, amounting to 9.6 per thousand, the Healthe Secretariat of the National Council of Palestine Jews (Vaad Leumi) says in a statement issued here to-day.
Jewish infantile mortality in Palestine fell 50 per cent. during the past five years, the statement points out, and is now 69 per thousand lower than in Germany or in England. Infantile mortality in the Valley of Jezreel is 30 per thousand, and the lowest in the world.
The report of the Jewish Health Secretariat in Palestine presented to the last Zionist Congress in 1929 stated that there had been a decrease in the general death rate among Jews in the country from 13.4 per thousand of the population in 1927 to 12 per thousand in 1928. The death rate among the non-Jewish population had been increased, however, from 31.4 per thousand in 1927 to 33 per thousand in 1928.
The report also pointed to a steady decrease in the infantile death rate among Jews during the last few years. In 1925, it said, the number of deaths of Jewish infants under the age of one was 131 per thousand births; in 1926 it was 108 per thousand, in 1927 it was 103 and in 1928 it was 97. The death rate of infants among non-Jews, it stated, was 200 per thousand births in 1928.