Politicians slam results of prime minister’s meeting with Holocaust survivor representatives, say Olmert ‘must not distinguish between one human tragedy and another’

Amnon Meranda
Published: 08.19.07, 21:43 / Israel News

The agreements reached between Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and representatives of Holocaust survivor organizations were received by the political establishment with mixed feelings on Sunday.

It was decided in the meeting that people who spent time in the Nazi death camps and up until now have not received an allowance would receive NIS 1,200 ($285) per month.

Most of the survivors, about 150,000 in number, who were not held in concentration camps, will have to wait until the High Holydays for a solution to their distress.

The Yisrael Beitenu faction issued a statement in response saying, “The faction is shocked by the prime minister’s indifference and disrespect of the Holocaust survivors and the ‘second cycle’ (survivors who did not spend time in death camps).

“One must not distinguish between one human tragedy and another, or between one person’s blood and another’s.”