Israeli Cabinet Increases Budget for Holocaust Survivors (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Rachel Hirshfeld 04/18/12)
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The government has announced its plans to increase the basket of
services available to Holocaust survivors, setting the budget at NIS
225 for 2012.
The Cabinet also decided that over 8,500 Holocaust survivors will
receive a NIS 580 supplement to their monthly support payments, which
are currently between NIS 2,000-7,000.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the recommendations for the
increase with the support of Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Deputy
Minister for Senior Citizen Affairs Leah Nass and Knesset Finance
Committee Chairman Moshe Gafni.
"Time is urgent and the survivors are, to our sorrow, leaving our
world,” said Prime Minister Netanyahu at the onset of Tuesday’s
cabinet meeting. “We want to remember those who perished, the 6
million brothers and sisters, and heed the lessons of the Holocaust
in order to ensure the future of our people."
Nass said that approximately 200,000 Holocaust survivors are living
in Israel, including about 70,000 who were forced to experience life
in concentration camps and ghettos during the Holocaust.
"Until recently, many of them had not even tried to use their
rights," Nass said. "In recent years we have succeeded in reaching
120,000 survivors, 50,000 of whom we went to their homes in order to
help them utilize their rights and receive the government assistance
which they are due."
Finance Minister Steinitz noted that the budget for the Holocaust
Survivors Rights Authority currently stands at NIS 2.9 billion, as
opposed to NIS 1.5 billion in 2005. He added that the Authority is
currently assisting approximately 90,000 Holocaust survivors, as
opposed to 51,000 in 2005.
“Since its establishment, the current Government has worked to
improve assistance to Holocaust survivors living in Israel,” affirmed
a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office. Over time, the
Israeli government has increased the number of those eligible for
persecution disability support payments, as well as the rights and
benefits to which they are entitled. Survivors receive electricity
discounts, assistance in purchasing medications and medical
equipment, as well as nursing assistance. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012
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