Jews from Libya who were persecuted during the Holocaust will receive
compensation benefits, the government announced Tuesday.
Ministry will allocate NIS 110 million in benefits to Jews from Libya, the
government said. The plan was coordinated with the Authority for the Rights of
“We have taken an important decision to help the
elderly population of Holocaust survivors who were in Libya during World War
II,” Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said Tuesday. “We decided it was
appropriate to allocate benefits without processing an in-depth eligibility
examination for every application case individually, which would have created
heavy bureaucratic red tape and caused a lot of aggravation for benefit
A Tel Aviv court in April said Libyan Jews were exposed to
Nazi persecution during WWII and therefore had a valid claim to compensation
According to the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust
Survivors, there are currently 5,000 Jews from Libya eligible for benefits.
Benefit payments will be made retroactively from April, the government
The entitlement includes a fixed monthly benefit payment of a
minimum of NIS 1,822 and other benefits such as convalescence pay, subsidized
medicines and exemption of license fees for television.
executive director of the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors, said
the authority would help Libyan Jews just as other claimants.
witnessing a historic correction to a large segment of Holocaust survivors who
have not received any compensation for the great sorrow they experienced during
the Nazi regime,” Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen said
Last month, Steinitz signed a directive entitling 30,000 needy
Holocaust survivors to receive a 50 percent discount on their monthly
electricity bills for up to 400 kilowatts per hour.