Wednesday, September 15, 2010

5,000 Libyan survivors of Shoah to get reparations

The decision by the Israeli government to grant reparations to Libyan survivors of Fascist/Nazi persecution, reported by Ynet News, is a welcome step on the road to acknowledging that the Jews of North Africa were also Holocaust victims. But it comes sixty years too late for many (with thanks: Sylvia):

Jews who immigrated to Israel from Libya after being persecuted by the Nazis during World War II will be eligible for reparations, the Prime Minister's Office said Tuesday. The move was promoted by the PM's Office and Finance Ministry together with the Holocaust Survivors' Rights Authority.

According to the statement, "The Libyan Jews' eligibility is based on their exposure to the Nazi persecution and their escape from their homes for fear of this persecution."

Figures compiled by the Holocaust Survivors' Rights Authority show that some 5,000 survivors will be able to file for reparation, at a total cost of NIS 110 million (about $29 million).

Israeli Jews of Libyan descent will also be eligible to a fixed monthly pension at a minimal sum of NIS 1,822 ($484), as well as benefits – including convalescence pay, funding of medicine, participation in purchase tax abatement and exemption from television fees.

"We made an important decision not to make things difficult and to come towards the population of elderly Holocaust survivors who resided in Libya during World War II," Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz explained.(...)

Deputy Finance Minister Yitzhak Cohen said the decision was "a repair of historic injustice caused to a wide public of Holocaust survivors, who were not compensated for the great suffering they experienced during the Nazi era."

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Ben said...

Since the money is coming from the Israeli taxpayer and not from the German Government, it should not be described as reparations. A better term would simply be payment.

bataween said...

You're right, although it can be argued that the Israeli government is just passing on some of the reparations it received from the German government