Rise in num­ber of Jewish peo­ple

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

The world’s Jewish pop­u­la­tion has grown to be nearly as large as it was be­fore the Holo­caust, an Is­raeli think tank said in its an­nual re­port.

The Jewish Peo­ple Pol­icy In­sti­tute said there are 14.2 mil­lion Jews world­wide. When fac­tor­ing in in­di­vid­u­als with one Jewish par­ent and oth­ers who iden­tify as par­tially Jewish, the f ig­ure ap­proaches 16.5 mil­lion — the Jewish pop­u­la­tion on the eve of World War II. The Nazis and their col­lab­o­ra­tors killed about 6 mil­lion Jews in the Holo­caust.

The re­port says the rise has been due in part to nat­u­ral growth, mainly in Is­rael, which has about 6.1 mil­lion Jews.

The United States has the sec­ond- largest Jewish pop­u­la­tion, at 5.7 mil­lion. France is third with about 475,000, fol­lowed by Canada.

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