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On Tuesday, Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel approved the
construction of an additional 50 public-housing units for Holocaust survivors in
the east Talpiot neighborhood of Jerusalem, which lies beyond the pre-1967 Green
This is the first such public-housing plan approved for east
Talpiot in over 10 years.
The Bayit Yehudi MK made the announcement as he
visited Holocaust survivors in a public-housing building for the elderly in
Jerusalem and expressed his satisfaction with the building, which in his words
“gives the feeling of a permanent home and not just a temporary
“These 50 homes, which will be added to those existing homes
for the elderly in east Talpiot, will be earmarked for Holocaust survivors,”
Ariel said in an Israel Radio broadcast, adding that “building will continue in
accordance with what the government’s policy has been thus far.”
Jerusalem there are 701 publichousing units in seven buildings that are
designated for seniors, and another 207 such units in the settlements of Ariel
and Ma’ale Adumim.
In an interview with Channel 10, Ariel stated that the
majority of planned housing construction is in the Negev and Galilee
“[The government] will build in Judea and Samaria more or less
as it has done previously,” he added. “I see no reason to change it.”
his meeting in Jerusalem with survivors, the minister shared the personal story
of his mother, the only one in her family to survive Auschwitz, and stated that
as the number of survivors dwindles, there is great need to ensure that those
who are still alive enjoy the best living conditions possible.
with our moral and Jewish obligation to care for them, we will also firmly treat
violence against the elderly,” he stated. “We will have no future if we do not
remember our past and those who worked hard for our right to exist in this
country. The Holocaust proved that there is only one place for Jews, here in
The housing ministry operates some 100 public-housing complexes
for seniors, which include close to 11,500 units inhabited by about 16,000
people over the age of 65, many of whom are Holocaust survivors.
senior complexes provide residents with a range of services, including medical
care, housekeeping, food and leisure.
Residents of such units pay a
subsidized rent of eight percent of the income they receive from social
security, which amounts to NIS 340 each month for a couple and NIS 230 a month
for a senior citizen living alone.