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View of the neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, (in Hebrew, Ma'ale Zeitim, or Mount of Olives) in the Shiloah (Silwan) section of Jerusalem. (file)

About half of the total population in the city of Jerusalem live below the poverty level according to data gathered in 2014, the Central Bureau of Statistics and Bituach Leumi, National Insurance Institute) report.

Elsewhere in the country the poverty rate is much lower. According to the agencies, half that number — 22 percent — of the total population in Israel was found to be living below the poverty line in 2014.

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In 2013, the poverty rate in Israel was 20.9 percent, according to a report released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. The OECD reported that year that Israel had the highest poverty rate in the developed world.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.