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Gaza, Al Ray - An Israeli thinktank revealed that more than 50% of the Arab population inside ‘Israel’ is living below the poverty line.

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel said the poverty rate among the ‘Arab-Israeli residents –who hold a Palestinian and an Israeli citizenship- has reached its highest level in 35 years.

The report worried about the surge in poverty rate and the bad socio-economic conditions inside the Israeli state, comparing to that of other developed countries of the world, as they suffered from bad medical care, education and work.

20% of the Arab population was not able to purchase food, while 33% had to reduce their home heating or cooling costs, the report indicated.

About one-sixth of them could not buy their medicine or pay for medical treatment, while 21% could not pay for dental care. 

As for education, the report pointed out that the Arab students' achievement had improved over the past few days but still not enough compared to the rest of the world-developed countries.

The Arab workers suffer bad conditions such as working more hours compared to the other countries.

The health sector witnessed a decline in the number of qualified doctors and nurses.

The Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel is an independent, non-partisan, socioeconomic research institute based in occupied Jerusalem.

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