Holocaust survivors 521.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The chairman of the Welfare, Labor and Health Committee, MK Haim Katz (Likud
Beytenu) filed two bills aimed at “ensuring a dignified life for all Holocaust
survivors” on Thursday, just two days after the committee held a heated
discussion at the Knesset on the topic of survivors poverty.
the Knesset who participated in the discussion, which took place on Monday, had
pledged to tackle the issue after Holocaust survivor from Tivon, Dora Roth,
expressed her outrage and said: “Let us die with dignity.”
fulfilling my promise to do everything I can to put an end to this shameful
situation,” Katz said in a statement on Thursday. “Israel cannot ignore its
moral obligation to ensure the the dignity of survivors.”
The bills are
intended to significantly improve the rights and economic situation of
The first draft law seeks not to deny Holocaust survivors
their eligibility for nursing benefits from Social Security due to monthly
allowances they receive, which can make their income exceed the threshold that
qualifies for nursing benefits.
The second one states that anyone who
resided in a hostile country during the relevant period or fled an area that was
under German occupation will be defined as a Holocaust survivor by law. Also, a
person will be considered a survivor if his entitlement to compensation for
health damages, labor and loss of freedom as a result of the Nazi regime has
been officially recognized.
According to the bills, Holocaust survivors
will be entitled to a monthly pension, which would put their available monthly
income at NIS 4,800, in addition to the benefits they receive from foreign
Members of the committee who joined Katz’s initiative await
the decision of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation to support the bills.