Tuesday, November 9, 2010

The latest Israeli Poverty Report


Today's Headline in Israel:

The Israeli national insurance "Bituach Le'umi" has published its latest "Poverty Report". 123,500 Israelis have joined the poor. Israelis who used to belong to the middle - class with jobs and even property. However, due to unexpected unemployment, they have lost everything.

Our press is mainly referring to Arab and haredi families with many children. "One doesn't give birth to eight children when the fridge is empty". But, as a matter of fact, more and more ordinary Israeli families have joined the poor. Families with two incomes because husband and wife work. Nevertheless, two incomes may not help, as rents and costs of living are on the rise. Who can afford paying rent for an apartment in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv today ? But not only in the big cities, apartments have become a luxury. Netanya, Hadera, Haifa, Holon, Bat Yam and Rishon Le'Zion. Everywhere the rent is just jumping and many Israelis have lost their apartments and depend on the welfare. 

The north is still relatively cheap but there, people notice that more and more Jerusalemites suddenly move into a developement town like Zfat (Safed). The result is that the Zfatim (inhabitants of Zfat) see their rents in danger. The more people move in, the more rent is going to rise. Let alone the local problem with the Arabs moving in.

Here is the updated poverty report from Israel's Bituach Le'umi:

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