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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:41 AM
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Study: Poverty in Israel is now at the worst level in Western world
A total of 18 percent of all families in Israel live below the poverty line, the highest such figure in the Western world, with half of Israeli Arab families living in poverty, Army Radio reported Sunday.

The report quoted a special study by the Israel Democracy Institute, prepared in advance of the upcoming Caesaria Conference on the Israeli economy.

"Governmental support per citizen fails even to resemble that which is acceptable in developed nations," the report was quoted as saying

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/725491.html
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:46 AM
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1. Gee, the US and Isreal, both failing to care for their people
Coincidence?
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:56 AM
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4. It's a question of priorities.
Edited on Sun Jun-11-06 10:01 AM by bemildred
Ordinary citizens are not a priority. Given the "demographic problem", one can argue that they ought to be, at least in Israel (as opposed to the US), if one is to end the current out-migration and encourage a return of in-migration, but clearly that is not the way the government sees it. But then, the government is clearly composed of fools and stooges (either Israel's or the US') who think that military force is the best solution to any problem. To a six-year old boy with a big hammer, everything looks like a nail.
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oneighty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:52 AM
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2. Israel is Western World?
Near East according to the State Dept.

180
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:58 AM
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5. I gather the term is used in a non-geographic sense.
Indicates culture rather than geography, I think.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 09:53 AM
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3. How completely wrong and subjective that article is
http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery ;jsessionid=7tm94cg1rhwn?tname=list-of-countries-by-percentage-of-population-living-in-poverty&sbid=lc04b


"Army Radio reported Sunday". No evidence, only a report from the Army radio.

This list posted shows its 21% as of 2005, and Israel isn't part of the Western world, it's part of the Middle East.
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:00 AM
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6. Take it up with Haaretz.
Edited on Sun Jun-11-06 10:05 AM by bemildred
A report on Army Radio is a form of evidence, maybe not good evidence, but still you will see it quoted here at times as though it were the word of the deity.

You link is broke.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:06 AM
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9. My search criteria, try this
List of countries by percentage of population living in poverty

http://www.answers.com/library/Wikipedia ;jsessionid=2e4fpaboaurtr-cid-2006173353-sbid-lc06b
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:11 AM
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10. Still sort of broke.
Takes me to answers.com search of Wikipaedia.
But I don't really question you numbers, the CIA factbook is good enough for me.
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DainBramaged Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:01 AM
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7. CIA FAct book
http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/is.ht...

Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon

Population:6,352,117

Population below poverty line:21% (2005)


By contrast, the US has a 12% poverty rate, or about 32,000,000. I think that is far more worrysome IMHO as an American citizen).
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bemildred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:04 AM
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8. The OP refers to "families", not "population".
In this case, the distinction seems important. I do wonder why it's put that way, and it leaves one wondering about how single people are doing, and so on.
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donsu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:24 AM
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11. Israeli neo cons/media are screwing the Israeli people the same as

we are being screwed by those same neo cons/media here in the US.

what? you haven't heard that the Israeli media is bought - check it out.
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lastknowngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 10:45 AM
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12. someone doesn't know geography try the middle eastern world
n/t
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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 11:25 AM
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13. That stinks!
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BayCityProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-11-06 11:46 AM
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14. That
is what happens when neocons like Sharon are elected. This is sad. Hopefully Israel will begin moving back towards social democracy.
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