Holocaust survivors say Israel must do more to help them

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Holocaust survivors living in Israel say the country isn’t doing enough to help them, and some are resorting to skipping meals and medicine.

In a poll released Wednesday ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah, 92 percent of the 500 survivors surveyed said that Israel was not allocating enough money to assist them.

The survey commissioned by the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel also found that 20 percent of survivors had skipped at least one meal due to the inability to pay for food, and 14 percent had skipped taking medicine at least once in the past year.

Forty percent of respondents believed that another Holocaust could occur.

Some 192,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel. Holocaust Remembrance Day begins on Sunday evening.

 

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