84 percent of the Palestinian Children in Jerusalem Live Under the Poverty Line

The annual report of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development revealed that 84 percent of the Arab Palestinian children in Jerusalem live under the poverty line, and that the level of poverty among the Palestinian families is three folds higher than that among the Jewish families in the city. The report concluded that the poverty among the Palestinian children in East Jerusalem in 2010 reached 82 percent, while it reached 45 percent among the Jewish children in West Jerusalem for the same year. The percentage of poverty among the Palestinian families reached 77 percent in 2010, while it reached only 25 percent among the Jewish families. The same report also concluded that the economy of the city lost half of its value since 1993, the year that marked the beginning of the Oslo Process between the Palestinians and Israel. One of the main reasons for this decline is the Apartheid Wall which separates East Jerusalem from its main Arab suburbs, and from the rest of the Palestinian economy in the West Bank. The report also indicated that the economy of East Jerusalem constituted approximately 15 percent of the Palestinian economy before 1993, while it barely reaches seven percent in the last few years. The report estimated the size of the Palestinian economy in Jerusalem by approximately 600 million US dollars, and that it lost approximately one billion dollars since the construction of the Apartheid Wall in 2003. The negative impact of the Apartheid Wall according to the United Nations’ report is formidable. It adversely affects trade and labor opportunities which costs the economy of the city approximately 200 million US dollars annually. The Palestinian economy in East Jerusalem is now totally isolated from both the Palestinian economy and the Israeli economy, although it is linked to both. Now it is not integrated into any of the two economies.