On Christmas we must recognize that Christians are being decimated in the Middle East and Africa. However, the one bright light for Christians in the region is Israel: the only country in the region were Christians have full civil rights. The only country in the region that has a growing Christian population.
— Israel ישראל (@Israel) December 24, 2019
Israel’s Christian population grows to 177,000 citizens
Over three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians living in Israel are Arabs, the CBS said, representing 7.2% of all Israeli-Arab citizens.
By Jerusalem Post, December 23, 2019:
The Christian population of Israel currently stands at approximately 177,000 citizens, or 2% of the overall population, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) ahead of Christmas.
Last year, the population grew by 1.5%, compared to 2.2% in 2017. Over three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians living in Israel are Arabs, the CBS said, representing 7.2% of all Israeli-Arab citizens. The majority of non-Arab Christians living in Israel are citizens who immigrated to Israel since 1990, together with Jewish family members under the Law of Return.
Some 70.6% of Arab-Christians live in northern Israel today, while 13.3% reside in the coastal city of Haifa and 9.5% live in Jerusalem. The nation’s most populous Christian cities are Nazareth (21,900 inhabitants), Haifa (16,100), Jerusalem (12,700) and the Galilee city of Shfaram (10,300).
A total of 855 Christian couples married in Israel in 2017, according to the report. The average age of marriage for Christian men was 30.1 years old, approximately one-and-a-half years older than Druze men, two-and-a-half years older than Jewish men and three-and-a-half years older than Muslim men.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:
Merry Christmas to all our Christian friends in Israel and around the world! pic.twitter.com/JjXhFQvZIQ
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 24, 2019
Christians will always be safe and protected in Israel.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) December 25, 2019
Israel is prepared to welcome around 165,000 visitors to the Holy Land during Christmas. 🇮🇱🎅🎄 #MerryChristmas
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) December 25, 2019
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