UN report slams Israel on east Jerusalem economy

May 9, 2013 19:27

Palestinian residents in east Jerusalem are driven into deeper economic isolation and they face far greater poverty than Jewish neighbors, said a UN report.

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) report, published on Thursday, is the first comprehensive investigation into the east Jerusalem economy carried out by the United Nations.UNCTAD said Israeli neglect was hindering development in east Jerusalem, which is isolated from neighboring Palestinian communities and not integrated into the broader Israeli economy.

The report said 77 percent of Jerusalem's non-Jewish households lived below the poverty line against 25 percent of Jewish families. Moreover, 84 percent of Palestinian children there live in poverty against 45 percent of Jewish children.

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