Holocaust survivors gathered in front of the Ministry of Finance in
Jerusalem on Sunday morning to protest the Treasury’s handling of the
budget dedicated to The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims
in Israel, which reimburses survivors’ annual medical expenses.
month, the foundation had announced the suspension of financial
benefits survivors can receive for their medical needs for the 2012 year
due to an overflow of requests and a shortage in the budget allocated
to the foundation by the Ministry of Finance.
According to Omri
Harush, spokesman of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust
Survivors, 9100 applications were responded to in 2012. Since the
suspension of the aid, 6000 applications, which have already been
approved by the foundation, remain unanswered because of the financial