75% of Palestinians in East al-Quds live below poverty
An independent human rights group in Israel has released figures showing that three out of four Palestinians residing in the Israeli-occupied East al-Quds (Jerusalem) live below poverty levels.
Publishing what it referred to as up-to-date facts and figures on the life of Palestinians in al-Quds, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) said on Sunday that as high as 84 percent of Palestinian children in the city live in poverty, blaming the policies of the Tel Aviv regime for the dismal conditions.
According to the ACRI, the number of Palestinians living in poverty in East al-Quds has climbed from around 64 percent in 2006 to over 75 percent in the current year. It further blamed the lack of investment in education, industry and local business for the deteriorating living standards of the Palestinian population in the city.
Citing official figures, the group said 75.3% of East al-Quds residents live below the poverty line.
It also noted that 7,514 Palestinian children, representing 53 percent of kids under the auspices of municipal welfare services, are defined as children at risk.