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1.7M Israeli Families Living Below Poverty Line

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Israeli children and families are paying the price — literally — of defense from Arab terrorism, as reflected in 2014 data released Wednesday.

According to the figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), 1.7 million Israelis are living in poverty — about 22 percent of the population — including 776,500 Israeli children.

The data appeared in the annual poverty report released Wednesday by National Insurance Institute head Professor Shlomo Mor Yosef and Social Services Minister Haim Katz.

The report, which quoted CBS data collected in 2014, showed that 1,709,300 people — including 444,900 families — are living below the poverty line.

A single individual is considered to be living below the poverty line with a monthly income of NIS 3,077 or $200 per week, give or take a few shekels. A family of five is classified “below the poverty line” at a monthly salary level of NIS 9,230 and under; a couple who earns less than NIS 4,923 per month is also living below the poverty line.

Approximately 17.5 percent of Israel’s poverty-stricken families are hareidi-religious Jews, according to the report, and the poverty rate in that sector of the population is a stunning 54.3 percent.

Despite the dark numbers, the growth in poverty appears to have slowed at least somewhat. The poverty line reported rose by 2.4 percent in 2014, as did the disposable median income per capita.

Nevertheless, the poverty severity index increased by 10 percent in 2014. It is worth pointing out that Israel was forced once again last year to arm and defend itself against thousands of rocket, missile and mortar attacks during the summer war with Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror group and its terrorist allies.

That nightmare not only cost the Jewish State billions of desperately-needed dollars; it also cost the country in terms of injured and severely, permanently traumatized children, their parents and other Israeli adults.

Hana Levi Julian

Lapid Tells Haredim ‘Go Work’ as Child Subsidy Cuts Go into Effect

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

On Tuesday, the severe cuts in government assistance to large families is going into effect, representing a new peak in Finance Minister Yauir Lapid’s war against the Haredim. What began as an election slogan, touting the need for an equal share in the national burden, is now policy, and as so many things political go, this one is hurting the weakest members of society.

Here’s the list of changes in the amounts paid to families—it is divided into children before and after 2003.

Families with children born before 2003 will receive $39 a month—down from $49—for the first child; $39 a month—down from $74—for the second child; $48 a month—down from $82—for the third child; $94 a month—down from $129—for the fourth child; and $99 a month—down from $109—for the fifth child and on.

The effect on a family of 10, which would be almost certainly religious (or Arab) is a 20% drop, from $988.00 to $814.00.

Israel’s social security administration objected to these cuts, arguing that they expect them to send some 35 thousand new children below the poverty line. In fact, they said the new cuts, sold as part of the “equal burden” package, will actually introduce a huge, new gap between rich and poor, as the percentage of poor children will rise from 4 to 40 percent.

In his Facebook message (today’s politician’s alternative to press conferences, where they might ask you embarrassing questions), Lapid said he was fulfilling one of his key promises to his voters. He also offered the following factoid, possibly something he read in a Maggie Thatcher interview:

“For years upon years it’s been proven that child allowances don’t get people out of poverty, they only make poverty permanent. Only one thing allows families exit the cycle of poverty – and that’s working.”

According to a 2011 report on poverty issued by the Israeli social security administration, 39.3% of Israeli families have been freed from the cycle of poverty due to receiving a variety of subsidies, including child allowances and income tax breaks, and the figure includes 15.1% of the children in Israel. The poverty line before government subsidies are paid out stands at $39.3%, and with the old subsidies dropped to 19.9%, which is still the highest poverty level among developed countries, and highest among all the OECD member countries…

For Haredi families, this severe cut in income comes coupled with a severe curtailing of funding for yeshivas and kolelim—by 30 percent this coming year, and by 60 percent the following year.

Four Haredi families are planning to sue the government in the Supreme Court over the cuts, which they say were made haphazardly and in a manner that does not befit proper legislation. A similar appeal was rejected a month ago by Justice Noam Solberg, on the ground that it was issued too early on in the legislative process. He urged the plaintiffs to come back once the bill becomes a law. Well, today it did.

Minister Lapid received a lot of praise when, during a duel with MKs from the Torah Judaism party, he said from the podium, in response to an accusation that his office was starving children:

“We will not allow any child in the State of Israel to go hungry. It’s our duty to make sure no child in Israel will be hungry, and we will honor it. But I want to remind [you], the institution responsible for caring for children is called their parents. When you bring a child into this world, [you] are the primary person responsible for it. Bringing a child into the world is a heavy responsibility, and so you should bring children into the world not based on the assumption that other people would care for them, but rather based on the assumption that it’s your obligation to take care of your own children.”

But that was many months ago. Today it has become clear that Minister Lapid—continuing his late father’s legacy of Haredi and religious hatred—has declared war on religious Jews in Israel. So far it’s been a three-pronged attack, hitting the issues of draft, child rearing in large families, and the education budget. Granted, in every one of these areas the Haredi public could do a lot to improve its relationship with the state and to create more goodwill between religious and secular in Israel. But to hit them with these three massive jabs all at once is not an act of repair but of destruction.


Yori Yanover

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