A new report says the number of Israeli children living under the poverty line has increased.
New National Council for the Child (NCC) said in a report published on Tuesday that the number of poor Israeli children has increased to more than 900,000 for the first time, as the Tel Aviv regime faces further financial woes. One in every three Israeli children was defined as poor in 2011.
The report, which was handed to Israeli President Shimon Peres, said that 35.6 percent of Israeli children, which is 905,000 of the children, were living under the poverty line in 2011. There were 889,500 poor children in 2010.
Meanwhile, Israeli humanitarian organization Latet said in its annual report on December 17 that 2012 was a “bad year” for Israel, as there has been a remarkable hike in begging, hunger and social inequality.
Half of the children in poor families were forced to work this year, and one out of five children had to give up education at schools, Latet said.
The organization also said that 27 percent of Israeli children experienced full days without food this year, compared to 21 percent in 2011. It added that 10 percent of children of poor families had to beg for money on the streets in 2012, up from three percent in 2011.
The report also included an opinion poll from 675 people who receive aid from NGOs. Some 69 percent of respondents believe that Israel’s most urgent problem was handling of poverty and social inequalities.
“The grave situation of poor children and the increasing barriers that prevent them from exiting poverty promise us more generations of penury and distress,” said Latet executive director Eran Weintraub.