Report: Poverty rate in east Jerusalem at 75%

A new report released Tuesday by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) states that the poverty level among Arab residents of east Jerusalem is presently a whopping 75 percent.

The 21-page report, entitled “East Jerusalem: Facts and Figures 2015,” presents a troubling overview of Arab life in the capital, which represents 37% of Jerusalem’s total population.

According to the report, 33% of Arab students in east Jerusalem do not graduate from high school; only 64% of Arab households are properly connected to the city’s water infrastructure; only 7% of postal workers operating in Jerusalem provide services to Arab neighborhoods; and 39% of houses are built without permits.


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