August 18, 2007

Israel withholds holocaust survivor funds

That's according the Ha'aretz article here:
The report finds that the state's treatment of the survivors has been marked by mismanagement, red tape and a shortage of adequate personnel in the treasury, State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss said.

Lindenstrauss called on the state to treat the survivors humanely and equalize their rights. The process of locating and restoring property lost during the Holocaust to its rightful owners was delayed due to both bureaucracy and a lack of cooperation among the various groups holding the properties in Israel, the report says.

In 2006, the treasury's budget department was late in transferring NIS 21.6 million to a foundation for survivors' welfare, eventually transferring the funds only at the end of the fiscal year.

The Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Survivors, a central organization aiding needy survivors, could use only about a third of the budget due to the treasury's delay in transferring the funds, while some NIS 14 million remained unused. Thus the organization's activity in providing aid and other essentials to needy or sick survivors was seriously curtailed.
And to think that Israel got reparations from Germany over the holocaust.

Apparently in the wake of the above news, Professor Alan Dershowitz has contacted DePaul Uni and asked that they grant Finkelstein that tenure after all.

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