By Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondent

The organization responsible for locating and retrieving the assets of Holocaust victims intends to publish a list of properties so that victims’ heirs may come forward and claim them, but banks have refused to cooperate with the organization by transferring Holocaust victims’ accounts to it.

Two MKs from the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee yesterday threatened to petition the High Court of Justice to force the banks to return the money to Holocaust victims’ heirs.

“I stand shamefacedly before people who have been waiting for seven years for us to return the money they deserve, and none of them has received anything yet,” said MK Colette Avital, who headed the parliamentary inquiry committee. She and MK Marina Solodkin (Kadima) said at
yesterday’s meeting that they would petition the High Court to make the banks return the Holocaust victims’ money to the heirs.

“It’s scandalous that Bank Leumi isn’t giving the money. We must ask the High Court to revoke the bank’s license,” Solodkin said.

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