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Holocaust survivors to get free legal aid

Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approves bill to help Shoah victims

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), in July 2010. (photo credit: Flash90)
Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee Chairman MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu), in July 2010. (photo credit: Flash90)

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approved a bill proposing free legal aid for Holocaust survivors in all matters regarding claims for compensation for damage caused by their persecution by the Nazis.

The proposed law will enable survivors to receive assistance in court proceedings and appeals committees from a state-appointed attorney, without any preconditions aside from their income, News1 reported on Tuesday. Survivors with an average monthly income of less than NIS 6,000 ($1,680) a month will qualify for the aid, which includes foreign legal advice.

Assistance will also be provided in obtaining benefits from the State or petitioning appeals committees.

“The time has come to help victims of the Holocaust themselves, after the State of Israel received so much money for many years, to help the survivors,” said Chairman of the committee MK David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu).

In addition, survivors will be eligible to assistance in working with the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, that allocates unclaimed assets for the benefit of survivors and Holocaust education.

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