Israel to Increase Financial Assistance for Holocaust Survivors
Coinciding with Holocaust Remembrance Day, reports say that the Israeli Cabinet has boosted its budget for assisting Holocaust survivors. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called helping Holocaust survivors an “urgent” deed, according to the Associated Press.
About 200,000 Holocaust survivors still reside in Israel, and they are quickly aging. The government now plans to raise the funds it uses to help survivors to $60 million for 2012, a 13 percent increase. Some particularly needy survivors will get additional monthly stipends from an additional pool of $13 million.