Israel


I did my report on Israel. Israel is a amazing country. It
has been through, and is still going through, a lot.
Israel is located on the Mediterranean Sea. It borders
Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and Egypt.
The land is 45% arid zones. Here it is very hot. 25% is
plains, and valleys. 16% of the land is mountains, 9% is Rift
Valley, and 5% is the Coastal Strip.
The total population (1994) is 5,472,000. 81.2% of these
people are Jewish,14.3% are Muslims, and 2.8% are Christians.
The capital of Israel is Jerusalem. It is a very holy city.
There are three major religions that live there, Judisam, Islam,
and Christianity. There is a lot of conflict between the three
religions.
This has been going on for many years, and still is. Mostly
every week, you hear of shootings, bombings, and terrorism in
Israel.
On September 25, Netanyahu (who is the president of Israel)
had another opening to a very old tunnel made, so it would be
easier for tourists to enter, and exit the tunnel. This upset
some Palestinians. They started throwing rocks at Israeli
police. The violence grew, and gunfire erupted on both sides.
-Junior Scholastic
November 1, 1996
On November 10, Israeli soldiers shot, and killed a
Palestine protester, and wounded 11 others. The violence was
about the expansion of a Jewish settlement called Qiryat Sefer.
There were about 200 Palestinians rioting against the
expansion. The soldiers tried to stop the protesters without
violence. First they told the mob to go home, then they sprayed
the crowd with tear gas, they fired guns in the air, to scare
them, then they shot rubber shells at them. Still they wouldn1t
move, so they opened fire.
-The New York Times
November 11, 1996
This is just minor compared to all the other stuff that has
been going on over there. There have been bombings where many
innocent people have been killed, because of what they think
about god, and politics.
Tourism is a big business in Israel. In 1994, about
2,000,000 people visited Israel. They are attracted by the many
religious sites there.
There are 7 universities in Israel, with 96,600 students in
them. 33% of these students major in Humanities, 29% in Social
Sciences, 12% in Physics, Math, and Computers, 10% in Engineering
and Architecture, 6% in Medicine and related fields, 5% in Law,
4% in Biological Sciences, and 1% in Agriculture.