Nearly 50% of Jerusalem residents living in poverty

June 22, 2016 19:46


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Approximately half of the capital’s total population, including 82% of east Jerusalem residents, live below the poverty level as of 2014, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics and National Insurance Institute.

Comparatively, the poverty rate for the entire country is 22%. Poverty levels for east Jerusalem residents increased 6% since 2013, and 16% since 2006, the study claimed.

However, a sampling of only 150 families in east Jerusalem was used for the analysis, which may call into question its results. Factors contributing to the increased poverty levels in east Jerusalem include lack of education and rampant violence, resulting in a precipitous drop in tourism.

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