Shoah survivors bash Olmert proposal

Organizations call for increased aid; will conduct "march of living" protest.

By SHARON WROBEL
August 1, 2007 14:22

An umbrella Holocaust survivor organization encompassing 42 smaller groups decided on Wednesday to reject Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's proposal to gradually increase stipends to survivors over a period of four years, Army Radio reported. The survivors, who consider the prime minister's decision to be "too little, too late," demanded the implementation of conclusions reached by an inter-ministerial committee that deliberated their cause. The committee had recommended an aid package that included pensions and health support funds at a total of over 1.2 billion NIS. The survivors threatened to set an official protest campaign into motion if the government's proposition was not emended by week's end.


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