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A Third of Jerusalem Lives in Poverty

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One-third of Jerusalem’s 733,000 inhabitants lives below Israel’s poverty threshold of a $1,000 monthly income.

Among Jewish families, the poverty level stands at 23%, while 62% of Arab families live below the line.

Of Jerusalem’s population, only 45% of residents over the age of 15 are employed, compared to 64% in Tel Aviv and 56% in Haifa. The national average stands at 56%.

Jerusalem is home to about 481,000 Jews, which is 66% of the total population, compared to 74% in 1967. Nearly 252,000 Arabs account for 34% of Jerusalem’s inhabitants, an increase from 26% in 1967.

Most Arab residents live in east Jerusalem, which Israel captured in the June 1967 Arab-Israeli war.


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