Daily Israel Report

P.A. Birth Rate Down

The Oslo War has had far-ranging demographic effects on the Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority Statistical Office shows that the birth rate has dropped 18% in the past two years - from 7 births per woman in the previous decade to 5.75 births since the beginning of 2001...



Police forces burst into the Temple Mount this afternoon after a mob of Arabs t
First Publish: 10/4/2002, 4:04 PM

The Oslo War has had far-ranging demographic effects on the Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The Palestinian Authority Statistical Office shows that the birth rate has dropped 18% in the past two years - from 7 births per woman in the previous decade to 5.75 births since the beginning of 2001. Marriage rates, too, have dropped almost 4%. Some 3.3 million Arabs live in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and 60% of them have lost half their income over the past two years.

An army vehicle was damaged late this morning when an Arab-placed bomb exploded under it near Kfar Aza, just east of the Gaza Strip. No one was hurt... Jewish motorists traveling in the Shomron near Yakir Junction were targeted by Arab stone-throwers earlier this afternoon. There were no reports of injuries...

Police forces burst into the Temple Mount this afternoon after a mob of Arabs threw rocks at a police contingent stationed near the Western Wall. Quiet was achieved after a short while, and the police began withdrawing.