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Study: 80 percent of East Jerusalemites live below poverty line
Published Tuesday 07/05/2013 (updated) 09/05/2013 15:26
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Palestinians sit outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa Mosque
compound in Jerusalem. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Eight out of 10 Palestinians in East Jerusalem live below the poverty line, a watchdog said on Tuesday, as Israelis prepared to celebrate capturing the Arab sector of the Holy City in 1967.

Almost 80 percent of "east Jerusalem residents live below the poverty line -- the worst rate of all time," the Association for Civil Rights in Israel said in a report.

The study, which looked at the effects of Israeli policy on the "basic rights" of Palestinian residents, was published a day ahead of Jerusalem Day, when Israel marks the "reunification" of the city after it captured the Arab eastern sector during the 1967 Six-Day War.

Israel later annexed East Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.

Today, the Palestinian population numbers 293,000 in a city which counts roughly 800,000 residents, UN figures show.

The study also said that Israel's West Bank separation barrier was cutting East Jerusalem off from the West Bank, "exacerbating the already dire economic and social conditions for residents."

It said around 90,000 Palestinians with blue Jerusalem identity cards "pass through checkpoints on a daily basis in order to get to work, attend school, obtain medical services (and) visit family."

Hospitals in East Jerusalem were suffering financial difficulties due to the low numbers of patients and medical staff able to reach them from the West Bank, it said.

Poor infrastructure meant there was a shortage of "some 50 kilometers (30 miles) of sewage pipes. Residents rely instead on septic tanks, and repeated flooding of these systems causes serious health hazards."

Only 46 percent of students study in municipal schools which are suffering from a "chronic shortage" of classrooms.

And school leavers who pass the Tawjihi, the Palestinian high school test, often find it difficult to get accepted to Israeli universities, while degrees from some Palestinian universities are not recognized in Israel, ACRI said.

Since 1967, "Israeli governments have expropriated one-third of Palestinian lands in Jerusalem, upon which thousands of apartments have been built for the city's Jewish population," it noted.

In 2012, Israel's Interior Ministry revoked the residency status of 116 Jerusalem Palestinians, bringing the total number over 46 years to more than 14,000 people who "are no longer permitted to live in their city."
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1 ) JoeUSA / USA
07/05/2013 21:37
And the Israel apologists see those statistics as no evidence of racism and blatant discrimination......

2 ) uriel / Israel
08/05/2013 11:44
shame on abbu massen who is filling his coffers as did Arafat

3 ) gabi / australia
08/05/2013 12:29
# 2 - read what # 1 has to say and think again about the cause. How in hell's name can a worker get to his/her work with all the problem they face with checkpoints, etc. And what about the settlers who destroy farmer's livelihood just because they can. And think about why Israeli permits these almost daily events. Then you can make informed comment.

4 ) gabi / australia
08/05/2013 12:39
And Uriel, while you are thinking about the injustices perpetrated by the state you live in, and how that reflects upon the Palestinians' ability to support themselves, what about the ad. I saw recently on the Haaretz website page - asking for donation for the "890,00 Jewish children living in poverty in Israel." Israelis are always boasting about their wealthy country, "created out of a desert", so who gets this wealth? Whose coffers are being filled?

5 ) Pro Pal / UK
09/05/2013 09:40
Situation is worse in West Bank. They live on one meal a day.Reasons are given # 3.

6 ) Billy Bragg / UK
09/05/2013 10:11
number 4 ''Hadith'', charity is a concept the Moslems absorbed from their Jewish neighbours, Jews continue to support both Jews and others with charity.

7 ) southparkbear / usa
09/05/2013 12:40
nu, what's new? oh, in Jordan 90% below poverty line, 95% in Egypt, in sudan they look up to the poverty line. so actually in arabs term this is progress

8 ) Libra - scales of justice / United Kingdom
09/05/2013 16:24
In forty six years, 14,000 Palestinians no longer allowed to live in their city since that year. But before the zionist came, the Palestinians had beautiful orchards, lemon groves, olive groves and plenty of food and water to drink, and houses with land. In a matter of 46 years all these things and more have been stolen from them. Now they are living on the poverty line! Zionists steal with no questions asked. They are allowed to do what they want and no action is taken against them.
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