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21 Arabs Speak Hebrew; 2,216 Jews, Arabic

April 30, 1933
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Twenty-one Arabs have given Hebrew as their native language, according to the official Palestine census, covering the year 1931, just published here in two volumes comprising 950 pages of statistical data.

However, against these 21 Hebrew-speaking Arabs, 2,216 Jews in Palestine gave Arabic as their mother tongue; while 4,694 Jews gave Yiddish, 5,305 English and 2,492 German as their native languages.

The population of Palestine in 1931 was 1,035,821 compared with the 757,182 of the year 1922. Of the present population, there are 759,712 Moslems, 174,610 Jews, 91,398 Christians, 182 Samaritans and the rest are Druses.

These figures reveal that the Jewish population of Palestine has increased 108 percent since the last census. In the same period the all-Jewish city of Tel-Aviv has increased 203 percent in population, the population of Haifa 104 percent and that of Jerusalem 45 percent.

The average annual increase per 10,000 of population is given as 850 for Jews, 354 for Moslems and 251 for Christians.

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