Gov’t firm for WW2 survivors allots funds to non-Holocaust groups
By Anshel Pfeffer
Tags: Jewish World, Holocaust

The government company in charge of Holocaust asset restitution in Israel recently decided to allocate NIS 25 million to nine charitable organizations, even though only one of them is devoted specifically to helping survivors.

At the same time, Hashava – the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, rejected a funding request from the Holocaust Survivors’ Welfare Fund, the largest organization in this field in the country, which sought money to finance additional hours of home nursing care for survivors. The fund is planning to petition the High Court of Justice against this decision.

Of the nine organizations, four are general charities that provide food and other assistance to all of Israel’s needy: Latet, Eshel, Meir Panim and Hazon Yeshaya. Of the others, Ezer Mizion provides medical services to anyone who needs them; Friends of Tel Hashomer supports the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer; the Legal Association for the Elderly provides legal assistance to needy senior citizens; and the Oral Health Association provides dental services to the disadvantaged. Only one recipient, Amcha, provides psychological and social support specifically to survivors.