Bill to allocate NIS 1b. to cover medicine, raise stipends, eliminate distinctions based on year of immigration

An unidentified Holocaust survivor sits holding his cane in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial complex in Jerusalem (photo credit: Pierre Terdjman/Flash90)

An unidentified Holocaust survivor sits holding his cane in the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial complex in Jerusalem (photo credit: Pierre Terdjman/Flash90)

With one in four Holocaust survivors in Israel living below the poverty line, Finance Minister Yair Lapid introduced a proposal Sunday to increase by NIS 1 billion ($289 million) the budget for the 200,000 victims of the Nazi atrocities living in Israel.
The bill, which includes higher monthly stipends and free medication for the survivors, is set to be presented for a Knesset vote on April 27 — the day before the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.

“The State of Israel has a historic obligation to the Holocaust survivors, and our mission is to make it easier for them during the last years of their lives,” Lapid wrote in a statement.

The new allocation of funds would be added to the current NIS 835 million budget for survivors.

The proposal includes dissolving the distinction between Holocaust survivors who moved to Israel prior to 1953 and the 18,500 former ghetto and concentration camp inmates who moved after that date.

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