Some 1.77 million people live in poverty in Israel, of them more than 850,000 children, according to an “alternative poverty report” published by the non-profit organization Latet.
The organization f in study that 75% of impoverished individuals in Israel forgo meals due to their financial situation, a 21% rise from 2009.until the present.
Moreover, 83% of children did not receive dental care and 22% of the poor confessed that they have had suicidal thoughts due to their economic status.
Latet works in coordination with 150 soup kitchens that aid 60,000 of 223,000 impoverished families – of them 530,000 children.
This is the eighth year that Latet has published this report, which portrays the situation on the ground from the testimonies of 520 non-governmental organizations
According to the National Insurance Institute report released on Monday: “In 2009, there were 435,100 families living below the poverty line, with 850,300 children among them, an increase from 783,600 children living below the poverty line in 2008A sharp increase in the number of Israeli families joining the poverty cycle, with more than 15,000 families or 123,500 individuals joining the growing ranks of poor people in this country in 2009, following the global economic crisis that set in at the tail.
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