Israel to Invest in Palestinian Areas in East Yerushalayim

YERUSHALAYIM (AP) -
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View of the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood in eastern Yerushalayim. (Mendy Hechtman/Flash90)

The Israeli government has unveiled what it billed as a groundbreaking program to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in long-neglected Palestinian neighborhoods of east Yerushalayim.

The “Leading Change” program aims to reduce the social gaps between the Palestinian neighborhoods and the overwhelmingly Jewish western part of the city. Nearly 80 percent of the city’s Palestinian families live in poverty.

The program will invest $560 million in three core areas: education, infrastructure and helping Palestinian women enter the work force. It aims in time to attract further investment.