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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

1 in 4 Israeli below poverty line

Mon, 02 Feb 2009 11:31:00 GMT | PressTV

An Israeli homeless man
sleeps in Jerusalem, 2006
Israel spends millions of dollars to pour bombs on Gazan civilians and sit back to watch one fourth of its people live below poverty line, a new report says.

War on Gaza reminds that the Zionist utopia is far from coming true. The heir of Ben- Gurion must detach from the idea of “military supremacy” and reinvent a new national identity, according to an article published on France's weekly L'Express.

The article cites the semi-annual poverty report published by Israel's National Insurance Institute that the poor in Israel became poorer in the second half of 2007 and the first half of 2008.

It goes on to add that 1 in 4 Israeli lives below poverty line representing 1.63 million people, 777,400 of them children.

A recent report in Israeli Haaretz website said the percentage of unemployed poor families rose in relation to the previous report for 2007, from 69 percent to 71.4 percent. However, the percentage of working poor also rose: Families with two or more breadwinners living below the poverty line increased from 21.3 percent to 23.6 percent.

L'Express magazine also added that the global economic crisis is determined to leave 14,000 industrial workers unemployed by the end of the year 2009.

The article adds Palestine's 60 years of resistance has still not taught Israel that there is no military solution to its conflict with the Palestinians. So soon after the failed Israeli invasion of Lebanon, Israel made the same mistake again.

The act was even condemned within Israel. Even Israeli reservists have reportedly refused to enter the war on Gaza in protest at the ongoing killing of women and children. They say they prefer days in prison than Gaza and killing hundreds of civilians, including women and children.

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