Gov't to boost basket of services for Holocaust survivors

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April 17, 2012 18:27
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The government on Tuesday announced plans to increase the basket of services aimed at improving the daily lives of thousands of aging Holocaust survivors in Israel.

Announced at a special cabinet meeting dedicated to the subject of the Holocaust -- ahead of national Remembrance Day starting Wednesday night – the additions will include an increase in the annual budget for services to NIS 225 million for 2012. Also, some 8,500 survivors will receive an additional NIS 580 a month on top of a special monthly pension of between NIS 2000 and NIS 700.

“Today's decision adds to the many actions we have taken in recent years on behalf of holocaust survivors,” commented Netanyahu, who recommended the additions together with Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Deputy Minister for Senior Citizen affairs Leah Nass and Knesset Finance committee Chairman Moshe Gafni.

“Time is urgent and the survivors are, to our sorrow, leaving our world,” he added. “We want to remember those who perished, the six million brothers and sisters, and heed the lessons of the Holocaust in order to ensure the future of our people."

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