PMO: Anne Frank would have received state aid

Slams Paz-Pines for saying Holocaust victim would have lost out on assistance.

August 21, 2007 17:20
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The Prime Minister's Office on Tuesday lashed out at MK Ophir Paz-Pines (Labor) for saying that even Anne Frank would not have been eligible for state assistance according to the new government aid package for Holocaust survivors. Paz-Pines made the comment during a Knesset debate on Monday. The PMO released a statement emphasizing that it viewed itself obligated to respond to the remark in order to prevent the public debate from boiling over and "bordering on the brutal." "This outrageous remark is baseless and shows that MK Paz-Pines is either unfamiliar with the settlement reached on survivors' assistance or he is unfamiliar with Anne Frank's life story," read the statement. The PMO said it sought to clarify beyond any doubt that "were Anne Frank alive today, she would certainly have received compensation for the horrors of the war. The PMO even qualified the statement by saying that if Frank had survived the war, the new government settlement would have guaranteed her a monthly a stipend of NIS 1,200 just like other survivors who were not eligible to receive compensation from Germany. The statement went on to say that Paz-Pines's desire to attack the government had reached new heights that Israel's political establishment had not known before. "It is distressing to see in the Jewish state such a corrupt use of Anne Frank's memory and all for the sake of an MK satisfying his political needs," it continued.

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