Israeli Society at a Glance

Did You Know That

The State of Israel was established with a population of 750,000.  Today Israel has a population of 8 million of whom 76% are Jewish, 20% Arab and 4% others. Proportionate to its size Israel absorbs the greatest number of immigrants in the world.

  • A fifth of all families in Israel are classified as being poor.
  • With regard to poverty, statistics monitored over several years indicate that two main factors influence breaking the cycle of poverty: education and that both parents in a family are employed.
  • It is estimated that 10% of the population is disabled.
  • One in ten Israelis is aged 65 or more.
  • Violence is present, especially against women, in more than 200,000 families in Israel. The majority of women do not report either to the authorities for treatment or to the police.
  • A third of the population is children and youth aged 0-17.
  • 345,000 children and youth in Israel are considered to be at risk. They live in families where there is domestic violence; are neglected; are exposed to abuse.
  • Almost 10% of all children in Israel are immigrants or born to immigrants from the 1990s. The immigrant experience is one of difficulties and shocks
  • According to international standards, Israel's education system is at the bottom regarding pupil achievement results as compared with OECD countries. Pupils from the Orthodox community (20% of the total number of pupils in Israel) do not study the national curriculum and they are not included in the tests.
  • 24% of the work force in Israel has some kind of degree placing Israel third in the world after United States and Holland. The number of published scientific papers per capita is the highest in the world and is the world’s leader for the greatest number of scientists and technicians within the work force.
  • There are ten Israeli Noble Prize laureates: Four Israeli scientists have received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry: Ada Yonath, Avram Hershko, Aaron Ciechanover and Dan Shechtman. Two scientists were awarded the Noble Prize in Economics:  Daniel Kahneman and Israel Aumann.  Menachem Begin, Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres were awarded the Noble Prize for Peace.  Shai Agnon received the Noble Prize for literature..

In the last decade many of the country's social causes are addressed by civil society organizations in Israel. These professional organizations create new and innovative solutions to pressing social problems but also promote excellence and strive to alleviate and empower many sectors of the society.

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