JERUSALEM – The Israel Cabinet has boosted its budget for assisting
Tuesday´s move comes a day before the country marks its annual
Holocaust Memorial Day for the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis
in World War II.
Less than 200,000 aging survivors remain in Israel. Many live in
poverty and previous governments have been criticized for not doing
enough to allow them to live out their lives in dignity.
The government says the basket of services for Holocaust survivors
will rise to $60 million for 2012, a 13 percent increase. An
additional $13 million will directed toward increasing monthly
stipends of particularly needy survivors. Stipends currently range
between $530 and $1,900 each month.