According to a report by the state Comptroller, published on the eve of Day of memory of victims of the Holocaust, the elderly, Holocaust survivors continue to need, despite the budgets allocated by the government to combat this problem.
Today in Israel there are about 158 thousand people who survived the Holocaust. The average age of these people is 85 years old. Of them die every year about 12 thousand. The health status of the survivors is getting worse every year.
The report emphasizes the urgent need to improve the living conditions of these people. The state still doesn’t pay Holocaust survivors treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, as well as dental treatment.
In a very difficult situation, according to the report, there are survivors, people who came to Israel after the collapse of the USSR, since most of them lived in the occupied territories, and were evacuated. Unlike the prisoners of the ghettos and concentration camps, these people are not monthly, and annual assistance in the amount of 4 million NIS. Many of them, as found by the auditor General, are not able to pay for medication and to eat properly. 16 thousand of them are still in the queue for social housing.
The auditor General found that the Department of social equality has not coped with its task to control the expenses budget, which it translates to non-governmental organizations that help Holocaust survivors, the elderly. Over the past few years similar organizations were not used as intended, about 60 million shekels.
One of the main problems in the fight against the plight of the elderly is the lack of resources and information. In the government Service for the protection of the rights of Holocaust survivors employs approximately 140 employees.
The report also stated that there is no single law that would protect all the rights of Holocaust survivors. As a result, not all older people can find the information that they are entitled to by law.
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