Jerusalem District

Jerusalem District
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 • Hebrewמחוז ירושלים
 • Arabicمنطقة القدس
Coordinates: 31°45′N 35°00′E / 31.750°N 35.000°E / 31.750; 35.000
Local Councils3
Regional Councils1
 • District Commissioner[2]Haim Yifrach[1]
 • Total652 km2 (252 sq mi)
 • Total1,245,100
 • Density1,900/km2 (4,900/sq mi)
ISO 3166 codeIL-JM

The Jerusalem District (Hebrew: מחוז ירושלים; Arabic: منطقة القدس) is one of the six administrative districts of Israel. The district capital is Jerusalem. The Jerusalem District has a land area of 652 km2. The population of 1,159,900 is 66.3% Jewish and 32.1% Arab.[4] A fifth (21%) of the Arabs in Israel live in the Jerusalem Municipality, which includes both East and West Jerusalem.[5] Israel's annexation of East Jerusalem has not been recognized by the international community.[6]

The majority of Arabs in the Jerusalem District are Palestinians, eligible to apply for citizenship under Israeli law, but either declining to apply or unsuccessful.[citation needed] The minority are Arab citizens of Israel living in Abu Ghosh, Beit Safafa and East Jerusalem, where Arab professionals have settled since the late 1970s, mainly for the provision of legal and other services to the local population.[citation needed] The non-Jewish population is 95.2% Muslim, 3.5% Christian with the others unclassified by religion.[7]

Geographical distribution of the main ethno-cultural communities Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv and Central districts.[8]

Administrative local authorities

Cities Local Councils Regional Councils
  1. ^ a b c d e Part of the Judean Mountains Natural Region.
  2. ^ a b Part of the Judean Foothills Natural Region.

The Jerusalem Municipality, including East Jerusalem and other annexed parts of the West Bank, constituted 125 km2 (48 sq mi), about 19% of the Jerusalem District in 2008.[9]

See also


  1. ^ "בעלי תפקידים במשרד הפנים".
  2. ^ Transfer of Power (District Commissioners and District Officers) Law, 5724-1964, Laws of the State of Israel vol. 18 no 38. (pp. 70-71)
  3. ^ "Localities by Population, by District, Sub-District and Type of Locality". Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.
  4. ^ Localities and Population, By Population Group, District, Sub-District and Natural Region (PDF). Statistical Abstract of Israel (Report). Vol. 71. Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  5. ^ The Future of the Global Muslim Population, PEW Forum
  6. ^ "Jerusalem: Israeli police hit in Palestinian car attack". BBC. 6 March 2015.
  7. ^ Population, By Population Group, Religion, Age and Sex, District and Sub-District (PDF). Statistical Abstract of Israel (Report). Vol. 71. Israel Central Bureau of Statistics. 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2021.
  8. ^ ""8. אוכלוסייה ביישובים ובאזורים סטטיסטיים, לפי דת, סוף 2019"". Central Bureau of Statistics (Israel).
  9. ^ Statistical Yearbook 2012, Table I/2 – Area of the State of Israel, Jerusalem District and the Municipal Area of Jerusalem and Selected Localities, 2008. Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies.
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