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NIS 20 million supplement for Holocaust survivors

CM 24/10/2021

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The government has secured an extra NIS 20 million in annual payments for Holocaust survivors living in Israel following negotiations with Germany, following the approval of an agreement with German government in a cabinet meeting on Sunday.
Some 3,700 Holocaust survivors who receive pensions from the German government will now be eligible for the increased payments, and development that comes following negotiations conducted by the Social Equality Ministry and the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors.
The new agreement between the Israeli authorities and the German Finance Ministry means that all those eligible for German pensions will receive an extra €100 per month, around NIS 373, according to the current exchange rate and amounting to some NIS 4,470 a year.
In addition, another €500,000 will be distributed annually to Holocaust survivors suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, and other cognitively degenerative diseases.
The increase in the annual payment comes following a request by the Authority for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors to the German government for additional support due to both economic and mental health difficulties suffered by survivors due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social equality minister Merav Cohen submits her resignation from the parliament to Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin. (credit: Courtesy)Social equality minister Merav Cohen submits her resignation from the parliament to Knesset Speaker Yariv Levin. (credit: Courtesy)

“The experience of lockdowns within four walls that we all experienced during the corona period, opened old wounds for many Holocaust survivors, who experienced lockdown and social isolation as children during the Holocaust,” said Social Equality Minister Merav Cohen.
“In order to assist in the mental-health treatment of those old wounds, and in light of the deteriorating economic situation of elderly Holocaust survivors as a result of the coronavirus crisis, we were able to obtain the assistance of the German government, and get additional funds through the cooperation that exists between the governments, and I give my thanks and appreciation to the German government for that.”
Cohen noted that the additional German assistance joins the extra NIS 300 million the current government has added to the state budget for the welfare of Holocaust survivors, as well as an increase of NIS 1.5 billion for income support, which Holocaust survivors whose monthly income falls below certain levels will be able to claim.
“We will work day and night so that the elderly in Israel in general, and Holocaust survivors specifically, can live in the dignity they deserve,” the minister said.

Source: Jerusalem Post

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