The Israeli government has given renewed impetus to the pursuit of Jewish property claims worldwide by setting up a new National Council for the restoration of Jewish property rights. (With thanks: Edwin, Yitzhak)
The Council, set up recently by government resolution, will advise the Israeli Prime Minister and government on policy regarding property lost or seized from Holocaust victims in Europe and North Africa and from Jews who left Arab countries as refugees. Such property ranges from real estate, financial assets, art and Judaica to private and communal property.
The Council will submit recommendations to the government at least every six months. Of the eight members serving for four years on the Council, two will be experts representing Jewish refugees from Arab countries. Nine members will come from government ministries.
Under the Olmert government, a new ministry for Senior Citizens' Affairs, reporting to the Prime Minister, was created under the leadership of Rafi Eitan, head of the Pensioners' party.
The government resolution formalises the transfer of responsibility for Jewish property rights and registration from the Ministry of Justice to the Ministry for Senior Citizens' Affairs.
Read announcement by the Prime Minister's Office (Hebrew)