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Israel’s population grows to 7.5 million

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s population at the end of 2009 stands at 7,509,000.

The Central Bureau of Statistics released the figures Wednesday, in advance of the secular New Year.

According to the bureau, 75.4 percent of the population is Jewish. 20.3 percent is Arab and 4.3 percent is classified as "other" — either non-Arab Christians or those without a religious designation.

Israel’s population grew 1.8 percent during 2009, with 160,000 births and 39,000 deaths.

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