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May 10, 2013 1:26 pm

‘A Crime and a Disgrace’ (VIDEO)

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Motorists in Jerusalem stop to observe a moment of silence during Holocaust Remembrance Day April 8, 2013. Photo: Youtube.

An 83-year-old Holocaust survivor has told the Israeli parliament that its treatment of her and her fellow survivors is “a crime and disgrace”.

In an impassioned speech, Dora Roth told the Knesset’s Health and Welfare Committee: “Seeing a Holocaust survivor who can’t afford to heat his home in the winter and can’t afford to buy food or medicine is your disgrace.”

You can see her speech in full here:

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Dora Rott – Israeli Holocaust Survivor controversial speech in israeli parliament from Freedom Fighter on Vimeo]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has now met personally with Dora to discuss the issue.

PS: Israel’s oldest charity, Colel Chabad, operates free soup kitchens for elderly Holocaust survivors who come as much for a warm smile and simple human contact as they do for the food itself. I’m running the Windsor Half Marathon to raise funds for Colel Chabad. Find out more here.

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