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(Apr 02, 2008) On March 31, 2008, the Knesset (Parliament) passed the Program for Increase of Income Protection Benefits for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors (Amendments) 5768-2008. The law is designed to improve the economic status of elderly persons and set arrangements for assistance to holocaust survivors.

The law provides for monthly pensions to be paid to holocaust survivors (survivors of concentration and hard labor camps) who were not entitled to a monthly stipend under other laws. Israeli citizens who reside in Israel and who are entitled to monthly stipends in accordance with the compensation agreement reached with Germany, who do not enjoy other benefits, are also entitled under this new law to payment for vacations, discounts in property taxes, and exemption from taxation on owning a television. The law provides additional benefits for needy holocaust survivors, including special grants, assistance in rent payments, and priority in public rental. (Program for Increase of Income Protection Benefits for Needy Elderly and Holocaust Survivors (Amendments) Law and Bill, 5768-2008, the Knesset Web site, (last visited Mar. 5, 2008).)

Author: Ruth Levush More by this author
Topic: Human rights and civil liberties More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Israel More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 04/02/2008