More than 60 million people are displaced from their homes as of the end of 2015, the highest number of displaced people since World War II.
In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.
An estimated 12.5 million Syrians are now displaced, an unprecedented number in recent history for a single country.
In 2020, census questionnaires may for the first time be offered in Arabic, now the fastest-growing language in the U.S. But the Census Bureau faces a challenge not only in translating the language but also in adjusting the appearance of the questionnaire for those accustomed to reading and writing Arabic script.
Israel has been a Jewish-majority country since its founding in 1948, and its treatment of religious and ethnic minorities – including some groups within the Jewish community – has persisted as a hotly debated topic throughout the nation’s history.
Far more Americans continue to sympathize more with Israel (54%) than with the Palestinians (19%) in the Middle East dispute, according to our recent foreign policy survey. And half of Americans (50%) think a way can be found for Israel and an independent Palestinian state to coexist peacefully, while 42% say this is not possible. […]
Israeli Muslims actually place less emphasis on religion and some of the key pillars of their faith than do Muslims in neighboring countries.
A Pew Research Center survey of Israel provides a rare window into the religious beliefs and practices of this close-knit group.
While significant shares of Israeli Arabs and Jews are optimistic about the prospect of a two-state solution, those who would live in this new independent state – the Arabs currently in the Palestinian territories – are less optimistic about it.
They come in several basic styles, with some more favored by particular Jewish subgroups than others.