Olmert approves budget for Holocaust survivors

Prime minister approves plan to improve living conditions of 120,000 elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel. ‘These people are old and they must be helped at once, not in 2008,’ chairman of Shoah survivors’ group says

Ronny Sofer
Published: 07.30.07, 15:12 / Israel News

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert approved Monday a budget to fund government allowances to 120,000 elderly Holocaust survivors living in Israel.

An inter-ministerial committee headed by Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog drafted a plan under which millions of shekels would be funneled to assist thousands of Holocaust survivors aged over 70.

The plan allocates NIS 130 million in financial assistance to Holocaust survivors next year. The figure will be almost doubled to NIS 205 million in 2009 and NIS 300 million a year later.

The allowances come in addition to state pensions and other social benefits claimed by the survivors.

“We have fixed an injustice that lasted for 60 years. Holocaust survivors living in Israel are entitled to live in dignity instead of being unable to afford a warm meal,” Olmert told committee members.