Israel is located in the Middle East, on the east coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The country shares borders with Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon.
Population: 7.7 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Jewish (75.1%) (of which Israel-born 73.6%, Europe/America/Oceania-born 17.9%, Africa-born 5.2%, Asia-born 3.2%), non-Jewish (24.9%) (mostly Arab)
Languages: Hebrew (official), Arabic, English
Religions: Jewish (75.1%), Muslim (17.4%), Christian (2%), Druze (1.6%), other (3.9%)
JEWS IN TORONTO
In Canada: 309,650
In the GTA: 137,165
Primary Areas of Settlement in the GTA (Social Atlas):
City of Toronto, Vaughn, Richmond Hill
Israel was founded in 1948 as a homeland for Jews. Its history has been characterized by conflicts with surrounding states and acts of terrorism from Islamist groups such as Hamas and Hezbollah. Repeated attempts to achieve peace (with help from the USA and others) have not been too successful, and there is great disagreement amongst Israelis as to the peace process.
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