The magic circle: How income-security benefits are denied to the Palestinians of East Jerusalem (WAC-Maan, 23-11-2015)
After 48 years of occupation, the Palestinians of East Jerusalem (EJ) face a humanitarian catastrophe. They number 307,600, of whom 229,300 live below the national poverty line. That is 76% of EJ residents (including 83.9% of the children). Moreover, their average income is 41.4% lower than the poverty line! This situation of deprivation and despair has contributed to the waves of violence that are sweeping over Jerusalem.
According to the WAC-MAAN report, issued today in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, the EJ poor make up 13% of Israel’s poor, but they get only 2.7% of the NII’s income-security payments. In effect, they are deprived of a minimal economic safety net.