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Palestinian Bureau of Statistics: “More than half of the Palestinians – 6.48 million – live in historical Palestine, 1.57 million [of them] in the areas that are occupied since 1948 (i.e., Israel)”

Headline: “The will to live is stronger among the Palestinian people – [The Palestinian Central Bureau of] Statistics, on the eve of the Nakba: The number of Palestinians has increased nine-fold since 1948”

“The [Palestinian] Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) said that the number of Palestinians has increased nine-fold since 1948. These statistics come two days before the 71st anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., May 15, 2019; the Nakba is “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel).

PCBS added in the statement: ‘The total number of Palestinians in the world at the end of 2018 reached approximately 13.1 million, and this indicates a nine-fold increase in the number of Palestinians since the events of the Nakba of 1948.’ The statement added that ‘More than half of the Palestinians – 6.48 million – live in historical Palestine (i.e., Israel together with the PA areas), 1.57 million [of them] in the areas that are occupied since 1948 (i.e., Israel).’
The statement explained: ‘The demographic assessments note that at the end of 2018, the number of residents in the West Bank including Jerusalem is 2.95 million, and approximately 1.96 million in the Gaza Strip.’
PCBS announced: ‘According to these statistics, the Palestinians constitute approximately 49% of all the residents living in historical Palestine, while the Jews constitute 51% of all the residents and use more than 85% of the territory of historical Palestine, which is 27,000 sq. km.’
The statement said: ‘The number of residents in historical Palestine reached approximately 690,000 in 1914, and the proportion of Jews was only 8% of them.’ The statement added: ‘In 1948 the number of residents was over 2 million, with approximately 31.5% of them Jews. The proportion of Jews rose during this period due to directing of the movement of the immigration of Jews to Palestine and the sponsorship given to it during the British Mandate period, during which the number of Jews increased six-fold.’”