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Settlements Generate Virtually No Economic Activity
"A recent Israeli government report estimated there are…$250 million in annual exports — [only] 0.55 percent of the national total — from the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, territories the international community generally considers illegally occupied."
Jodi Rodoren cited by Richard Silverstein, 22 Jan 2014

Daily acts of violence committed by Jewish Israeli citizens against West Bank Palestinians
"These incidents — now particularly heightened during the olive harvest season — are not the aberration from the norm, but a regular feature of life in the occupied West Bank. In 2012, over 7,500 Palestinian olive trees were destroyed. In the 5-year period between 2007 and 2011, there was a 315 percent increase in settler violence."
Mairav Zonszein, Israel Must Stop Settler Violence, 8 November 2013
Police impunity
After their own investigations establishing a prima facie violation, Btselem has lodged over 280 complaints of alleged police violence in the oPt since the start of the second Intifada: "we are aware of only 12 indictments" Btselem April 2013
Runners in the first ever Bethlehem Marathon were forced to run two laps of the same course on Sunday 21 April 2013, as Palestinians were unable to find a single stretch of free land that is 26 miles long in Area A, where the PA has both security and civil authority. See Marathon report
30th March, land day.
On 30 March 1976, thousands of Palestinians living as a minority in Israel mounted a general strike and organised protests against Israeli government plans to expropriate almost 15,000 acres of Palestinian land in the Galilee.The Israeli government, led by prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and defence minister Shimon Peres, sent in the army to break up the general strike. The Israeli army killed six unarmed Palestinians, wounded hundreds and arrested hundreds more, including political activists. All were citizens of Israel.
* Out of 103 investigations opened in 2012 into alleged offences committed by Israeli soldiers in the occupied territories, not a single indictment served to date
Yesh Din, 3 Feb 2013
* In total, out of an area of 1.6 million dunams in the Jordan Valley, Israel has seized 1.25 million − some 77.5 percent − where Palestinians are forbidden to enter.
Haaretz editorial, 4 Feb 2013


Poverty and risk of poverty higher in Israel than in EU

One-third of Israelis are at risk of poverty

The data, published by the Central Bureau of Statistics to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, indicate that social and economic gaps are widening.

By Hila Weisberg, Ha’aretz
October 18, 2012

The growing economic inequality in Israeli society over the past several years has raised both the poverty rate and the likelihood that members of the middle class will fall into poverty, according to new data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday.

The data, published to mark the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, indicate that social and economic gaps are continuing to widen. The bureau found that 31% of Israelis were at risk of poverty in 2010, up from 27% in 2000 – a greater increase than that in any European Union country, excepting Germany.

According to the CBS, an individual at risk of poverty is one who is in a household where per capita income is less than 60% of the median disposable income. In money terms, that comes out to anything under NIS 2,316 of income per capita per month. The poverty line in 2010 was NIS 1,931.

In comparison with the EU, Israel’s situation is very bad. On average, only 16% of the population in EU countries is at risk of poverty. Even in countries where the economic situation is very precarious, like Greece and Spain, the risk of poverty is much lower than Israel’s – 20% in Greece and 21% in Spain.

The major reason why poverty is rising in Israel, despite high levels of employment and education, appears to be the low level of purchasing power. That is a product both of the high cost of living and low salaries. In other words, many Israelis work for a salary on which it is difficult to live in dignity.

According to a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, in 2010, 40% of all Israelis found it difficult to survive on their salaries. That compares to an OECD average of 24%.

The most recent poverty report published by the National Insurance Institute, which came out about a year ago, also indicated rising poverty rates, especially among younger people. Young families, in which the primary wage earner is under 35, are poorer today than in the past, with 26.8% of them living below the poverty line.

Twice as many Israelis at risk of poverty as in EU

Central Bureau of Statistics: 31% of Israelis were at risk of poverty in 2010, up from 27% in 2000, and compared with the 16% average in the EU.

By Adrian Filut, Globes
17 October 2012

31% of Israelis were at risk of poverty in 2010, up from 27% in 2000, and compared with the 16% average in the EU, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported today in “Israel in Comparison with the OECD Countries & the EU”, to mark International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The Central Bureau of Statistics said that Israel lags behind Spain and Greece, the two countries with the highest risk of poverty, where 20% of the population were at risk of poverty.

In Israel, 43% of single-parent households were at risk of poverty in 2010. The risk of poverty among Israeli children was 40% – double the EU average of 20%.

On other variables, Israel compared favorably with the OECD: in 2011, the employment rate of Israelis aged 25-64 was 72.1%, compared with the OECD average of 70.8%, and the unemployment rate in this age group was 5% in Israel compared with the OECD average of 7%. 31% of Israelis aged 25-64 had a higher degree in 2010, compared with the OECD average of 22%.

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