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Palestine's Population Distribution Per District as of 1946
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Posted on September 10, 2001

As of 1914, Jews in Palestine (who were mostly persecuted European Jews) were under 8% of the total population and owned under 2% of the total land. Despite active British support for settling of even more persecuted European Jews in Palestine, as of 1947 Jews constituted only 33% of the total population (only one third of them gained Palestinian Citizenship). Scroll to the end of the page for the source and for a more detailed tabular break down of population distribution.

It should be noted that many of these persecuted European Jews were illegal immigrants according to the Government of Palestine, which ceased to exist as of May 14th, 1948.

Settled population, excluding the nomadic Bedouins, by town and sub-district estimated as of 31st December, 1946. The table below was directly extracted from the Supplement to a Survey of Palestine (p. 12-13) which was prepared by the British Mandate for the United Nations in 1947.

Locality Total* Moslems Jews* Christians Others
Urban 894,570 328,810 447,840 115,980 1,940
Rural 950,990 747,970 160,390 29,080 13,550
Total 1,845,560 1,076,780 608,230 145,060 15,490
Percentage 100% 58.35% 32.96% 7.86% 0.84%
 

 

Galilee--Acre District:

 

Safad Sub-district 56,970 47,310 7,170 1,630 860
Percentage 100% 83.04% 12.58% 2.86% 1.5%
Safad 12,610 9,780 2,400 430 ---
Villages 44,360 37,530 4,770 1,200 860
 

 

Acre Sub-district 73,600 51,130 3,030 11,800 7,640
Percentage 100% 69.47% 4.17% 16.03% 10.38%
Acre 13,560 10,930 50 2,490 90
Villages 60,040 40,200 2,980 9,310 7,550
 

 

Tiberias Sub-district 41,470 23,940 13,640 2,470 1,420
Percentage 100% 57.73% 32.89% 5.96% 3.42%
Tiberias 11,810 4,990 6,030 780 10
Villages 29,660 18,950 7,610 1,90 1,410
 

 

Beisan Sub-district 24,950 16,660 7,590 680 20
Percentage 100% 66.73% 30.42% 2.72% 0.8%
Beisan 5,540 5,080 --- 440 20
Villages 19,410 11,580 7,590 240 ----
 

 

Nazareth Sub-district 49,910 30,160 7,980 11,770 ----
Percentage 100% 60.43% 15.99% 23.58% ----
Nazareth 15,540 6,290 ---- 9,250 ----
Afula 2,470 10 2,460 ---- ----
Villages 31,900 23,860 5,520 2,520 ----
Locality Total* Moslems Jews* Christians Others
Haifa District:

 

Haifa Sub-district 253,450 95,970 119,020 33,710 4,750
Percentage 100% 37.86% 46.96% 13.30% 1.87%
Haifa 145,430 41,000 74,230 29,910 290
Hadera 7,590 ---- 7,570 20 ----
Shafa 'Amr 3,740 1,380 10 1,590 760
Villages 96,690 53,590 37,210 2,190 3,700
 

 

Samaria District:

 

Jenin Sub-district 61,210 60,000 ---- 1,210 ----
Percentage 100% 98.02% ---- 1.98% ----
Jenin 4,300 4,150 ---- 160 ----
Villages 56,900 55,850 ---- 1,050 ----
 

 

Nablus Sub-district** 94,600 92,810 ---- 1,560 230
Percentage 100% 98.1% ---- 1.9%
Nablus 24,660 23,740 ---- 690 230
Villages** 69,940 69,070 ---- 870 ----
 

 

Tulkarm Sub-district** 93,220 76,460 16,180 380 20
Percentage 100% 82.02% 17.36% 0.41% 0.21%
Tulkarm 8,860 8,560 ---- 280 20
Natanya 5,290 ---- 5,290 ---- ----
Villages** 79,070 68,080 10,890 100 ----
Locality Total* Moslems Jews* Christians Others
Jerusalem District:

 

Ramallah Sub-district 48,930 40,520 ---- 8,410 ----
Percentage 100% 82.81% ---- 17.19%
Ramallah 5,180 660 ---- 4,520 ----
Villages 43,750 39,860 ---- 3,890 ----
 

 

Jerusalem Sub-district 253,270 104,460 102,520 46,130 160
Percentage 100% 42.24% 40.48% 18.21% 0.63%
Jerusalem 164,440 33,680 99,320 31,330 110
Bethlehem 9,140 2,630 ---- 6,490 20
Beit Jala 3,740 200 ---- 3,540 ----
Villages 75,950 67,950 3,200 4,770 30
 

 

Hebron District:

 

Hebron Sub-district 93,120 92,640 300 170 10
Percentage 100% 99.48% 0.32% 0.18% 0.01%
Hebron 26,390 26,220 ---- 160 10
Villages 66,730 66,420 300 10 ----
Locality Total* Moslems Jews* Christians Others
Lydda District:

 

Jaffa Sub-district 409,290 95,980 295,160 17,790 360
Percentage 100% 23.45% 72.11% 4.35% 0.09%
Jaffa 101,580 53,930 30,820 16,800 30
Tel Aviv 183,200 130 182,510 230 330
Petah Tiqva 18,160 140 18,010 10 ----
Villages 106,350 41,780 63,820 750 ----
  

 

Ramla Sub-district 134,030 95,590 31,590 5,840 10
Percentage 100% 71.31% 23.57% 4.36% 0.07%
Ramla 16,380 12,910 ---- 3,470 ----
Lydda 18,250 16,250 20 1,970 10
Rahavot 10,350 ---- 10,330 20 ----
Rishon le Zion 8,790 ---- 8,790 ---- ----
Villages 80,260 67,430 12,450 380 ----
 

 

Gaza District:

 

Gaza Sub-district 150,540 145,700 3,540 1,300 ----
Percentage 100% 96.78% 2.35% 0.86%
Gaza 37,820 36,760 ---- 1,060 ----
Majdal 10,900 10,810 ---- 90 ----
Khan Yunis 12,350 12,310 ---- 40 ----
Villages 89,470 85,820 3,540 110 ----
 

 

Beersheba Sub-district*** 7,000 6,270 510 210 10
Percentage 100% 89.57% 7.28% 3% 0.14%
Beersheba 6,490 6,270 ---- 210 10
Villages 510 ---- 510 ---- ----

Source: Supplement to a Survey of Palestine (p. 12-13) which was prepared by the British Mandate for the United Nations in 1946-7.

Note
that ALL Jewish towns were all exclusively Jewish populated as a result of the apartheid policies of the Zionist Movement. These apartheid policies were approved and encouraged by the British Mandate and affected all sectors of society, such as housing, landownership, schools and higher education, finance, political parties, official languages, ... etc. Also it should be noted that Palestinian Christians and Muslims resisted the implementation of apartheid policies tooth and nail in order to preserve a united country, however, that was counter to Zionists ambitions.
* Revised de facto estimate.
**Revised figures, according to sub-district boundaries 1946.
*** Doesn't include the nomadic Bedouins, who were estimated in other studies to number close to 100,000 Palestinians. Many of them were resettled in al-Ramla after the 1948 war.

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Posted by Deano on December 17, 2011 #140234

Indeed Al. From the UNispal archives dd 3 Sept 1947 re population growths in Palestine: “15. These changes in the population have been brought about by two forces: natural increase and immigration. The great increase in the Jewish population is due in the main to IMMIGRATION. 16. The Arab population has increased almost entirely as a result of an excess of births over deaths."
Posted by Al Wasserrman on June 29, 2011 #135810

The 1946 United Nation survey of Palestinian population showed 1,076,787 Arabs living in Palestine, not counting Nomads
608,230 Jews living in Palestine
As to the question "where do the Palestinians come from" the United Nations said they came from Palestine..Most of the Jews came from Europe