Published on May 25, 2015
An independent human rights group says a large majority of Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds is living below the poverty line. The Association for Civil Rights in Israel says the number of Palestinians living in poverty has risen up from around 64 percent in 2006 to 75 percent in 2015. The group has said that as many as 84 percent of Palestinian children in the city live in poverty. The problem is blamed on the lack of investment in education, industry and local businesses. The construction of Israel’s separation wall has also aggravated the trend, because it has economically dislocated Palestinians living in al-Quds from other communities in the West Bank. Israel occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds during the six-day war in 1967, in a move never recognized by the international community.