More than 1 Million below Poverty Line in Israel, mostly Arabs

Published December 19th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

More than one million people in Israel are living below the poverty line, Labor and Welfare Minister Ra'anan Cohen said Tuesday, quoted by The Jerusalem Post. The Arab sector had three times as many poor people as the Jewish sector, the report found. 

The Minister said that more than 500,000 of them were children. A large percentage were pensioners living only off NII payments, he said.  

The poorest city in the country is Jerusalem, according to the National Insurance Institute's report.  

Cohen told the paper that the report related to 1999, adding that he had set up a team of experts that was about to begin implementing changes. 

The Arab community in Israel, estimated at a million, have always complained of discrimination on the part of the Israeli government which allocated less money to Jewish towns and villages than to the Arab. 

A report by Haaretz last week said that the Arab quarters in the mixed cities are similar in terms of the living conditions and the level of services offered by the authorities to the Palestinian refugee camps –  




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