JERUSALEM (Sep. 8)
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.