I don’t know, somehow, Sidsel Wold only sounds mean and biased when she highlights shortcomings in the Israeli society with regards to the admittedly difficult situation for many of the remaining Holocaust survivors. She just doesn’t compare to the witty and highly sarcastic digs of the eretz Nehederet outfit. We know they are taking the mickey. We also know that it is not beneath Sidsel Wold to defame Israel in any manner possible, even if she literally has to climb over dead bodies to make her point.
lifted from nrk.no (very bad google translate)
Here Knesset members honor the dead, at home survivors live in poverty
Today 60 Israeli parliamentarians arrived in Auschwitz – Birkenau to commemorate the victims of the two camps where the Nazis murdered about one million Jews during the 2nd World War. Back in Israel, Holocaust survivors complain that the Israeli politicians let them live in poverty and misery.
27 January is the International Holocaust Day . On this day in 1945 Soviet soldiers liberated the Auschwitz camp that has become the symbol of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps.
And just today , the Israeli Foundation The Foundation for the Benefit of the Holocaust Victims in Israel published new figures that say a lot about the poor conditions the 193,000 survivors live in. Their average age is 85 years.
For years, European Jews who survived the ordeal under the Nazis complained that Israeli authorities do not take them seriously . They do not get enough benefit , not good enough health and not good enough help in everyday life.
In 1994, the Foundation The Foundation for the Benefit of the Holocaust Victims in Israel was founded to help traumatized and impoverished survivors in his old age .
Below the poverty line
Today 50,000 of the survivors live below the poverty line . Although they get some help , they live under terrible conditions , according to the foundation.
A fifth said they always freezing because they can not afford to pay for heat or buy heater. 23 percent say they live poorly with decay and dampness in the apartment, which worsens their health.
Last year, a survey found that 92 percent of the survivors are upset over how the state treats them.
Half of the 500 respondents answered that they had health problems and third complain that they had financial problems. Many are frustrated over the wall of bureaucracy they face when trying to get help .
Most of the survivors are now in the 80 – and 90 – years old . With age , they need more and more medical care and physician supervision, which costs money . Israel has become an expensive country to live in, and many are struggling to make ends meet.
Most Holocaust survivors are the weakest in society, and many do not manage their spending with inflation. They do not have enough money to buy food and clothes.
– It is totally unacceptable that Holocaust survivors go hungry in Israel. Having starved in the ghettos , they should not have to be hungry in the Jewish state , said Deborah Garel from Jaffa Institute to The Guardian.
She is one of those handing out food parcels to the survivors.
– Remember the survivors
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel is one of many politicians who constantly refers to the fate of Jews under the Nazi regime and to the six million Holocaust victims to explain to the world why Israel must be so strong and why Israel has special needs.
– If our leaders are so concerned with Holocaust victims , should probably state also take care of us who survived , the survivors have said for several years.
Foundation to help the Holocaust survivors in Israel , assisting the less wealthy to buy aids to the house. Some have a kitchen table , others a mattress or hot plate to cook.
The Israeli health care is good and Israel has some of the best doctors.
But health care does not provide free eyeglasses , orthopedic shoes or free medications.
40 percent of the survivors live alone , most are widows or widowers .
– You can’t put your name on a survivor
Israel’s former intelligence chief Avi Dichter is the son of Holocaust survivors. In April 2013 he became director of the Foundation for the survivors in Israel , and discovered what bureaucracy and rigid rules the old met when they applied for financial help.
– You can not let down a holocaust survivor, you can not promise them that they will help , and then not keep the promise , Dichter said to Ynet last year .
The Foundation for the Benefit of the Holocaust Victims in Israel depends on both state and private donations. But for many Jewish donors are more accepted and perhaps more attractive to provide funds for a new museum or a hospital wing, where the donor’s name is on the wall in large print .
– You can not put your name on a Holocaust survivor, said Dichter .
The foundation must proceed in a different way to get funds to help Europe’s most traumatized Jews in their very last years . But urgently. For 35 of them are dying every day .
This means that almost every 40 minutes one of them passes away, a witness, one who survived through Europe’s darkest years .
It would have been nice that in addition to highlighting the plight of Holocaust survivors, Ms. Wold would take the time to ponder how the Norwegian courts never have dealt with their complicity in the Holocaust. Luckily for her, Ervin Kohn, the leader of the Jewish Community in Oslo has done that for her:
Vårt Land 2014 01 29, Ervin Kohn
Ervin Kohn points to the Norwegian court system not yet having recognized its participation in the Shoah in Norway.
Others have also contemplate the unspeakable evil perpetrated also in the Gulags and peek inside the twisted brains of those capable of participating in the Holocaust, and how very slow the world has been in internalizing the horrible lesson of the Shoah, the international Holocaust Day is only celebrated for the 9th time…
On the heels of this, or actually the other way around, Bernhard Henri Levi published an oped in Aftenposten after the UNESCO exhibition fracas,
Aftenposten 2014 01 26 p 4, 5, Bernhard Henri Levy, Not online
Summary. A Norwegian translation of a Huffington post article.
Astonishingly, somebody in charge of the debate and comments section at Aftenposten, seem to think that that anti-semitic piece of work down at the Islamic kindergarden has anything of importance or anything resembling a moral argument to contribute to the debate:
SHAMELESS TREATMENT OF THE PALESTINIANS
Aftenposten 2014 01 28 p 6, Trond Ali Linstad, Not online
Summary. In response to an op-ed in Aftenposten by Bernhard Henri-Levy, Linstad holds the opinion it was really correct by the UNESCO to suppress an exhibition on the Jewish people’s ancestral relation to the holy land, as these Jews are really only thieving land from the Palestinians.