PA Census: 2.9 Million Palestinians
in West Bank

(December 1998)

The final results of a Palestinian census, released in early December 1998 by the Palestinian Authority (PA), show that nearly three million Palestinians live in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza. Hassan Abu Libdeh, head of the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, said the final count was 2,895,683 — 5,000 more than in an initial count released in February 1998. The census estimated the Palestinian population in Jerusalem at 210,209; Israel estimates 180,000.

Source: Reuters, December 14, 1998