Handicapped Israelis demand to raise disability benefits to minimum wage

Dozens are demonstrating at the intersection of Tel Aviv’s Namir Road and Arlozorov Street in protesting the Simhon Committee’s decision not to raise monthly disability benefits to minimum wage.
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Dozens of people are currently rallying at the intersection of Tel Aviv’s Namir Road and Arlozorov Street in protest of the anticipated insignificant raise of disability benefits decided upon by the Simhon Committee. The demonstrators are blocking Namir Road, which is one of Tel Aviv’s busiest streets.

The protestors are calling for Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon to raise the monthly disability benefits to equal the country’s monthly minimum wage. The Simhon Committee’s evident conclusions were that disability benefits will increase by 4 billion NIS within the next five years. Handicapped Israelis who make a low salary will receive 3,200 NIS per month. Furthermore, housing aid will increase from 770 NIS to 1,000 NIS.

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