At Monday’s meeting of the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee, chaired by MK Elie Elalouf (Kulanu), a bill submitted by MK Revital Swid (Zionist Union) and other members of Knesset was approved for its first reading in the Knesset plenum. This bill establishes that family members of victims of hostilities may choose where to bury their loved ones.
As it stands now, each family of a victim of a hostile act is entitled to bury him or her free of charge within the jurisdiction of the local authority in which the deceased resided, or within the jurisdiction of the [local] authority in which the victim was killed. When the deceased is buried in a different place, the family must pay for the burial expenses.
MK Swid said “it is unacceptable that at the family’s most difficult hour, family members find themselves coping with bureaucracy and financial expenses, just to lay their loved ones to rest in a spot of their choosing.”
MK Elalouf addressed the representatives of the National Insurance Institute and the Hevra Kadisha (Burial Society), asserting that “this is absurd. The law will teach you how to act like human beings.”