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November 29, 2012 3:07 pm

860,900 Israeli Children Live Below Poverty Line

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Ynet – A report released on Thursday reveals that while Israel‘s poverty rates in 2011 were similar to those in 2010, the number of workers who are considered poor has risen, as did the number of children living below the poverty line.

According to the report, prepared by the National Insurance Institute(NII), general poverty rates have risen from 19.8% in 2010 to 19.9% in 2011, despite the fact that more people have entered the job market in the previous year.

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  • Jerry Hersch

    From that same report

    The Center’s report has shown that a staggering 54% of Israel’s Arab population lives in poverty, as compared to 15% of the Jewish population. According to the report, over 150,000 Arab families, including some 400,000 children, live below the poverty line.,7340,L-3507481,00.html

    In other words 46% percent of the Israeli children in poverty are from the Israeli Arab community..When Christian Arabs are separated from the Moslem Arabs into separate subsets the figure worsens..all of which does not take into account the gray economy nor remittances which have many tracks into the Israeli Jewish community.
    All taken the Israeli Arab children represent over half of the children living in poverty- a community that is not party JEWISH charitable giving nor to Western familial resources.
    Among the Isreali Jewish population there is great disparity between those Jews of European/American origin and those of North African/MidEast origin.
    Aside from the Haredi ‘life style by Choice’ there is little endemic poverty among Israeli Jews of European origin