Shocking update on poverty level among elderly citizens in Israel.

The National Insurrance Institute of Israel released a shocking update on the current levels of poverty in Israel.

The report detailed that last 10 years there was an increase in poverty level among the elderly each year by 1.6%. Among them there are over 70,000 of Holocaust survivors in need.

MK decrees ‘one of the deepest social crises’ Israel has known.

Due to this tragic reality, Helping Hand Coalition is working harder that ever to battle poverty and hunger in Israel.

A man looks through garbage in the Florentin neighbourhood of Tel Aviv. November 12, 2019. Photo by Sara Klatt/FLASH90

A report issued by the OECD in 2016 ranks Israel as the country with the highest rates of poverty among its members. Approximately 21 percent of Israelis were found to be living under the poverty line – more than in countries such as Mexico, Turkey, and Chile. The OECD average is a poverty rate of 11 percent.

A total of 1,780,500 Israelis – including 466,400 families and 814,800 children, some 21.2% of the population – are living below the poverty line, according to the annual report of the National Insurance Institute (Bituach Leumi) released Monday. The report is based on data gathered by the Central Bureau of Statistics for 2017, the most recent year for which comprehensive information is available.

Among the elderly, the poverty rate increased from 20.8% in 2016 to 21.8% in 2017.

The poverty rate among immigrants (those who made aliyah since 1990) increased from 17.0% in 2016 to 18.4% in 2017.

In 2016, while the poverty rate among ultra-Orthodox families decreased from 45.1% in 2016 to 43.1% in 2017.

Israel has the highest rate of poverty of any OECD country, according to the report. The GINI index of inequality showed a slight improvement, but Israel remains among those countries with the highest level of inequality.

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