One third of Israeli children live in poverty, report finds

More than 450,000 children suffer from “high risk” situations such as sexual abuse, domestic abuse, severe disability without access to proper resources, or a lack of basic rights, a non-governmental organization said in a report Thursday.
“Israeli children are exposed to a tremendous array of many different pressures, to which few children in the world are similarly exposed,” said Yizhak Kadman, director of the National Council of the Child, in a speech presenting the report.
Nearly a third of Israel’s children live under the poverty line, more than triple the rate in 1980, and more than 80,000 lack legal status – figures the NGO said necessitate an overhaul of the country’s policy on children.
The organization called for a number of policy changes in the coming year, including the establishment of a national center for child abuse prevention and a state commission dealing with dangers posed to children by the Internet.
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