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Bill doubling aid for Holocaust survivors progresses in Knesset
By LAHAV HARKOV
11/12/2013
 
A bill increases aid to needy Holocaust survivors passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset Wednesday with 43 MKs in favor and none opposed.

The legislation proposed by MK Merav Michaeli (Labor) doubles the funding Hashava, The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, spends on aiding needy survivors to a minimum of NIS 200 million per year.

"Israel deals more with the myth of the Holocaust, the trauma. Our emphasis is always on our enemies and not on our lives," Michaeli said, presenting the bill in the plenum. "The survivors were witnesses to the trauma. Look them in the eyes and give them the life they deserve."

In addition, at least 80 percent of the aid money will go directly to survivors' bank accounts, rather than to companies or NGOs that would provide them with goods, saving overhead costs.

According to Michaeli, "since its establishment, Hashava has had a conflict of interest, increasing overhead costs while inefficiently using funds at the expense of the survivors and their inheritors."
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