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Jul. 31, 2007 21:04 | Updated Jul. 31, 2007 22:29
Help where it is most needed

The statistics vary. According to some, there are 120,000 needy Holocaust survivors in this country – all, naturally, elderly. Other data puts the number of Holocaust survivors who depend exclusively on National Insurance Institute old-age allowances at no more than 60,000.

Either way, the inadequacy of the payments is intolerable and the imperative to help is urgent.

In that light, after much publicity and hype, it was recently decided to increase the NII payments, with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert announcing a few days ago that his government had now “repaired a thus-far ignored 60-year-old injustice.”

“Holocaust survivors who live in Israel,” said the PM, “deserve a life of dignity, without reaching a situation in which they cannot enjoy a hot meal.” He vowed that the neglect displayed by previous administrations “will be no more” and stressed that “it is imperative to make sure that survivors get additional allowances, enabling them to exist with self-respect.”