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Friday 31 October 2003
 
Poverty in Israel
 
Sharon A new survey has shown that the number of poor people in Israel has increased severely, while the Palestinian economy has collapsed, causing serious child malnutrition in the occupied territories. This report from David Chazan:
 
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Two-thirds of Palestinians in the occupied territories live in poverty. But an increasing number of Israelis too are struggling to make ends meet as their country's economy declines.

A Bank of Israel survey has now shown that the number of families living below the poverty line in Israel tripled between 1988 and 2001. In the past three years, Israel's economy has been battered by the second intifada or Palestinian uprising. Tourism has taken a nose-dive. And the bursting of the high-tech bubble in the United States and other western countries in 2000 dealt a severe blow to Israel.

Opposition parties are increasingly criticising the government of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for what they say is excessive spending on settlements in the occupied territories.

David Chazan, BBC
 
 
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the occupied territories
 
Palestinian areas which are under Israeli control
 
poverty
 
if you live in poverty you are very poor
 
struggling to make ends meet
 
finding it difficult to pay for for the things they need
 
below the poverty line
 
in poverty
 
tripled
 
increased three times
 
battered
 
badly damaged
 
taken a nose-dive
 
fallen very sharply
 
the bursting of the high-tech bubble
 
the time when lots of Internet companies lost a lot of money
 
dealt a severe blow to Israel
 
hit Israel very hard
 
settlements
 
here, Jewish homes built on the West bank and Golan Heights
 
 
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