Israel's Shameful Indifference Toward Some Special Old Israelis ...
Same old, same old as far as the wealth gap goes. The rich get richer at the expense of the poor who get poorer still.
The government of Israel, like the government of the United States and the government of the United Kingdom, has plenty of dosh to dish out so long as it's in the direction of and for the benefit of, certain selected sectors of their respective citizens.
And the government of Israel, just like the governments of both the United States and the United Kingdom definitely do not deem some of the most deserving (and vulnerable), members of their so called civilized societies worthy of (completely affordable), special support -- no matter how dire their present predicaments, nor no matter the urgency of their needs.
Shown above is sick old Leopold Rosen.
Holocaust victims living in povertyWe think that last sentence is worth repeating -- so repeat it we will.
By Jacky Rowland
The Israeli government has been criticised for "severe shortcomings" in its treatment of elderly holocaust survivors.
A report from the state comptroller's office blamed red tape for preventing effective assistance being provided and urged action to help the ageing victims.
Leopold Rosen measures the world by the pipe that connects him to his oxygen machine. He suffers from several chest complaints dating back to when he hid from the Nazis in a forest in Poland.
The German government pays him compensation every month and he gets a small pension from Israel, but he can barely pay for both his drugs and his food.
"I was born of the 5th of June, 1922. Do I have time to wait for help from the government? There are a lot of people in the same position. They don't have time to wait," he told Al Jazeera.
Holocaust survivors have been trying to embarrass the Israeli government into action.
At a recent event, protesters wore symbols from the Nazi-era to drive home their point.
There are about one quarter of a million Holocaust survivors in Israel and official figures say that one in three of them live below the poverty line.
There are about one quarter of a million Holocaust survivors in Israel and official figures say that one in three of them live below the poverty line.Read the remainder of this shameful story right here.
Then read this closely related report by 'The Jewish Chronicle', published earlier on this year.