Retired Judge Dalia Dorner
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State to grant survivors their benefits

Prosecutor's Office announces pension demanded by Dorner Report to be transferred to Holocaust survivors by end of September, before holidays

The State Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday that the compensation allotted to the Holocaust survivors by the Dorner Report would be transferred to the eligible parties by the end of September.


Other recommendations made by the report were already being implemented, the statement said, such as the establishment of a new pensioners' information center and the exemption from certain medical payments.


One month ago the Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed a petition against the prime minister, the finance minister, and the attorney general, demanding that the survivors receive the benefits ordered by the report immediately.


The State replied that the funds would be transferred by Rosh Hashana Eve, and that the budget had been approved by the Knesset Finance Committee before the petition was filed.


The statement also listed recent steps that had been taken according to the report's recommendations, including the Welfare Ministry's establishment of a pensioners' information center to assist the survivors in claiming their benefits.


Social workers are also being trained in order to assist survivors in hospitals and retirement homes, it added. 


The statement also said that the Pensioners' Affairs Ministry had transferred a list of 5,000 names of survivors to Clalit health services, in order to simplify the process of identification of those eligible for free medication.


In conclusion the State called for the petition to be stricken from the record, citing the availability of the funds before the petition was filed. "The government has acted with proper alacrity since the submission of the Dorner Report," the statement read.


פרסום ראשון: 09.11.08, 20:51
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