The Knesset authorized
in second and third reading Monday a bill which allocated some one
billion shekel to holocaust survivors. The bill was sponsored by Finance
Minister Yair Lapid and Welfare Minister Meir Cohen and is the legal
cornerstone of a national program to aid survivors.
The program stipulates
raising the minimum stipend enjoyed by all Holocaust survivors to NIS
2,200 – as opposed to NIS 1,825 – and will range up to NIS 5,400. The
move will affect some 70,000 Holocaust survivors considered to be
psychically handicapped in wake of the Holocaust as well as 18,500
survivors of the ghettos and the death camps.