In this gallery are photographs I have taken of the people of Israel. The most prominent characteristic of Israel's population is its high diversity. Besides the main division of the country's inhabitants into Jews (80%) and Arabs (20%), there are many more subdivisions. The Jews, for example, are divided into religious and secular. Because of the profusion of countries of origin, Israel's Jewish population is quite varied. Since the establishment of the State, the governments of Israel have adopted a melting potĚ policy. However, many of the immigrant groups have preserved their traditions to various degrees. At the same time, over the years the percentage of native-born Israelis (Tsabar) in the population gradually grew, and today they represent the majority of the Jewish population (65%). This process, and in particular the increased rate of intermarriage among members of the various communities and the growing influence of Western culture, have caused a gradual blurring of the differences between the Jewish communities in Israel. Likewise, the Arabs, representing about one fifth of the country's population, are divided into Moslems, Christians and Druze. Alongside these groups, Israel has additional small ethnic religious groups such as the Circassians and the Samaritans, and small Christian communities from Europe such as the German Beit El community in Zikhron Ya'akov.
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