Petition: Order government to immediately transfer survivor aid
After ministerial committee postpones implementation of recommendations on Holocaust survivor allowances to 2009, Movement for Quality Government appeals to High Court of Justice for its immediate execution. 'No justification for government's lag,' says Ret. Justice Dorner
The Movement for Quality Government petitioned the High Court of Justice Thursday against Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Finance Minister Ronnie Bar-On and Attorney General Menachem Mazuz, demanding that they immediately transfer the monthly allowances and all other financial aid to Holocaust survivors, in accordance with the Dorner Committee report.
The petition stated that the government is delaying the implementation of the Dorner Committee's report on assisting Holocaust survivors. The committee concluded that the government breached its legal obligation towards the survivors as well as its commitment to the restitution agreements with the German government.
According to the petitioners, any further delay in carrying out the report’s recommendations, as was decided at a ministerial meeting earlier this week, will "rob many survivors of the chance to overcome the great legal injustice done to them", as the Dorner Committee indicated.
In an interview with Ynet this week, head of the committee Justice (Ret.) Dalia Dorner, warned of another delay in implementing the committee’s conclusions, possibly until the 2009 fiscal year: “Every day that passes without the government’s implementation of the report sees these people (survivors) passing away and this is sheer cruelty. The report must be implemented or else the result will be maltreatment.
“There isn’t and cannot be any justification for the government’s continued lingering after all has been said and clearly decided on,” said the petitioners, adding that “the government should not be allowed to continue its standstill and evade its legal, constitutional, and moral obligations.
The movement demanded the court obligate the various governmental elements to explain the reasons for the delay in executing the committee’s conclusions and order Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to instruct the prime minister and finance minister on how to carry out the recommendations without delay.