Where do the Palestinians live today?





2.5 – Where do the Palestinians live today? 

Palestinian scouts celebrate the Israeli pullout from the Gaza Strip in the Ein El-Helwa refugee camp, in the south of Lebanon. (Maan Images)

In 2001, the Palestinian population worldwide was estimated by the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (PASSIA) at almost 9.4 million. This included:

  • 3,700,000 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip
  • 1,400,000 in Israel
  • 2,472,000 in Jordan
  • 456,000 in Lebanon
  • 495,000 in Syria
  • 291,000 in Saudi Arabia
  • 287,000 in other Arab states
  • 216,000 in the Americas
  • 275,000 in other countries

In 2004, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the number of Palestinians worldwide had increased to 9.6 million. 

According to the U.S. Department of State’s “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, 2004,” 5.4 million Palestinians now live within the borders of former Palestine (that is, in Israel, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip) as compared to 5.3 million Israeli Jews.


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