By Orly Vilnai

Past and present ministers as well as non-profit organizations on Monday fiercely criticized letters the Finance Ministry has been sending Holocaust survivors, threatening to withhold benefits unless they agree to allow the ministry to withdraw funds from their bank accounts that it believes they received erroneously.

“Unreasonable and disproportionate,” wrote Minister without Portfolio Yossi Peled to Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz. The letters “lead to the conclusion that unfortunately there are employees in your office seeking to block or impede Holocaust survivors on their exhausting journey to be granted what they deserve.”