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Many Israeli Holocaust survivors live in poverty

By Jonathan Saul
Reuters
Monday, April 24, 2006; 11:36 AM

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors in Israel are living in poverty because they are not getting enough help from the Jewish state, social welfare groups said on Monday.

The Finance Ministry said the government allocates 1.5 billion shekels ($330 million) a year to Holocaust survivors, giving them payments “far higher” than the social security allotments received by other elderly Israelis.

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But, providing figures on the eve of Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Holocaust Survivors’ Welfare Fund said around 80,000 of the 280,000 survivors in the country lived below the poverty line.