As in previous years, this Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem is intended for the use of policy makers, planners in the public, municipal and private sectors, researchers and students of Jerusalem, as well as all others interested in the subjects it addresses. In recent years there has been a marked increase in the use of the Yearbook and interest in the data available in it, both in Israel and abroad – by the media, foreign representatives in Israel, and Israeli representatives abroad. Perusal of the on-running series and annual statistics accumulated from 1983 onward presented together in the current yearbook provides the reader with a sense of the trends and developments in Jerusalem in a variety of subjects.
The staff of the Yearbook attributes great importance to the publication of data on the city as a whole and on the separate Jewish and Arab sectors. Statistics on the Arab sector appear in all the tables in which it was possible to obtain reliable information (for example, data on population, the movement of population, education, and tourism). However, there are tables for which no data is available for the Arab sector, or the data is not sufficiently reliable and we have therefore decided not to publish them.
The principal factors due to which there is a lack of information on the Arab sector in Jerusalem are:
1. The abstention of various bodies from conducting surveys in the Arab neighborhoods of East Jerusalem, especially during periods of conflict; - iv -
2. The procedures for collecting various types of data in Jerusalem, which make it impossible to distinguish between Jewish and Arab sectors;
3. The size of the population. When data is based on a small sampling, it is not possible to present accurate statistics on the Arab population as a separate group, in which case the decision not to publish data on the Arab population is made out of professional statistical considerations.