Palestinian Culture

Population Statistics

Occupied Palestinian Territories

Population

West Bank

3,019,948

Gaza

2,018,970

Global Palestinian Population

13.5 mill

The population estimate of the West Bank refers to Palestinians alone and does not include Israeli settlers.

[Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2020]

Language

Arabic (spoken by majority)

Hebrew (spoken by some)

English (widely understood)

Religion

Islam 98%
Christianity 2%

These figures refer to the religious affiliations of Palestinians in the currently Occupied Territories alone and do not include the religions of Jewish Israeli settlers residing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

[Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2019]

Ethnicity

Palestinian Arab 

There are also approximately 600,000 Jewish Israeli settlers residing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Australians with Palestinian Ancestry

15,607

[2021 Census, ABS]

Palestinians in Australia

Population

2,959

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents identified that they were born in West Bank and Gaza in the 2021 Census. However, the Australian government’s formal records do not reflect the true number of Palestinians living in the country. Please visit Palestinians in Australia for more information.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Median Age

62

[2016 Census, ABS]

Gender

Male 53.9%
Female 46.1%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Religion

Islam 49.4%
Eastern Orthodox 17.4%
Catholic 14.9%
No Religion 5.3%
Christianity (nfd) 2.3%
Other Religion 8.5%
No Religion 2.1%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Ancestry

Palestinian 52.8%
Arab 20.1%
North African and Middle Eastern (nfd) 8.2%
German 4.6%
English 4.1%

These are the top ancestry responses of Australian residents born in Gaza Strip and West Bank. Respondents were able to provide up to two answers.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Language Spoken at Home

Arabic 79.2%
English 14.2%
German 2.4%
Other Languages 3.0%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 80.8% speak English fluently.

[2021 Census, ABS]

Diaspora

New South Wales 53.3%
Victoria 26.6%
Western Australia 7.1%
Queensland 5.3%
Other 7.7%

[2021 Census, ABS]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2000 64.9%
2001 - 2010 14.2%
2011 - 2020 18.2%
2021 0.6%
Not stated 2.3%

[2021 Census, ABS]

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