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Israel’s Population; 3,451,000

The population of Israel is now 3,451,000, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Of this total, 2,921,000 are Jews and 530,000 non-Jews. The overall population growth during 1974-75 was 2,1 percent; the Jewish population increased by 1.8 percent (51,000) and the non-Jewish population increased by 3.7 percent (19,000 Moslems, Arabs, Christians and Druze). The slow rise in the growth of the Jewish population was partly related to a drop by 48 percent of the number of olim arriving in Israel last year. Only 22,000 immigrated to Israel during 1974-75.