Israel’s State Comptroller published troubling report regarding country’s Holocaust survivors

Israel’s State Comptroller published a report regarding the country’s assistance to Holocaust survivors. The data is worrying and shows a non-utilization of funds amounting to millions of shekels and a difficulty in taking advantage of their rights.
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Today (Wednesday), Israel’s State Comptroller Yosef Shapira published a special report regarding Israel’s assistance to Holocaust survivors. The data in the report is worrying- non-utilization of funds amounting to millions of shekels and a difficulty in taking advantage of their rights.

“More than 70 years after the end of the Second World War, and survivors in Israel are living in unworthy conditions and their needs are not taken care of properly,” the report states.

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In addition, the report claims that although the government decided to expand welfare services for Holocaust survivors and even allocated a budget of 60 million Shekels (16 million dollars) for this purpose- the Ministry of Social Services did not complete the formulation of the plan and did not yet authorize it with the Ministry of Finance.

The Comptroller’s report also examined the assistance given by Israel to 158 thousand Holocaust survivors and claimed that it improved significantly since the plan was formulated in 2014. However, due to the old age of the survivors (average of 85), many find it difficult to understand the complexity of the laws and are unfamiliar with the possibilities of searching the Internet. Meanwhile, approximately 1,000 survivors die every month.



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