The figures behind the BBC’s claim of a ‘secular majority’ in Jerusalem

A filmed report made for BBC television news programmes was also posted on the BBC News website on August 3rd under the title “Teenager stabbed at Gay Pride march in Jerusalem dies” and in addition was embedded at the head of the website’s written report on the same topic: “Jerusalem Gay Pride: Israel teenage stabbing victim dies“.

Towards the end of that filmed report viewers are told by presenter Catharina Moh that:

“The gay pride event has long been a source of tension between Jerusalem’s secular majority and its Jewish Orthodox communities but the violent outcome of Thursday’s parade has shocked all Israelis.” [emphasis added]

The same claim appears at the end of the written report.

Jerusalem secular majority

According to information published on May 13th 2015 by the Central Bureau of Statistics and pertaining to the years 2013-14:Catharina Moh report

“Among the Jews in Jerusalem, 35% identify themselves as Orthodox, 18% identify themselves as religious, 12% as traditional-religious, 14% as not so religious and 20% as secular.” [emphasis added]

The Jewish residents of Jerusalem make up 63% of the city’s total population. There is no information available in that fact sheet regarding the self-identification of the city’s 37% Muslim and Christian Arab population but obviously a significant proportion would have to identify as non-religious for the city to be accurately described as having a “secular majority”.

The BBC’s claim of a “secular majority” in Jerusalem would therefore appear to be unfounded and inaccurate.


6 comments on “The figures behind the BBC’s claim of a ‘secular majority’ in Jerusalem

  1. There would be no Jews today or in the future if if had not been for those fanatical orthodox Jews. They may seem obsessive and tyrannical, but with a 1933 44% intermarriage rate, it would have taken away Hitler’s “Jewish problem”. The rate in the US is currently 75%, But can’t those orthodox ease up? NO !! and that’s from an obsessive pork ribs devotee.

  2. Nothing funnier than beeboid propagandist Cath Moh, from her photo presumably of Oriental extraction, (while fluent in Hebrew,) passing BBC judgement on who is and is not an Israeli secular Jew. A verse from Duvidl:

    Tell us, beeboid hack, Cath Moh
    Why we Jews deride you so?
    Is it basic brains you lack?
    Or just that you’re a half-wit hack?
    Do tell us, beeboid hack, Cath Moh?
    Tell, too, Jew-hate friends at Gitmo.

  3. Did the bbc ever state something accurate? if it said the earth runs around the sun I would not believe it!

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