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Israel faces Holocaust protests

Holocaust survivor at a protest march in Jerusalem

One protester sparked controversy by wearing prisoner clothes

Hundreds of protesters in Israel have marched outside Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's office to demand more state support for Holocaust survivors.

A government offer of a monthly stipend of $20 (£10) was labelled "insulting" by the survivor groups that organised Sunday's demonstration in Jerusalem.

Joining the rally were a few dozen elderly survivors, who say they can barely afford medical treatment.

Mr Olmert has said payments for the 250,000 survivors would begin in 2008.

He pointed out that his government was the first to take up the issue of providing for Holocaust survivors' families with special aid.

The protesters called their rally a "March of the Living" - a name which echoes the annual commemoration at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.

One of the protesters, a survivor of the Treblinka death camp, sparked controversy by wearing prisoner clothes.

Yosef Charnyi, 82, joined the march from parliament to Mr Olmert's office dressed in striped pyjamas with a yellow Star of David pinned to the top.

He told the AFP news agency: "We are demanding the right to finish our days decently."

"The state of Israel has reconciled with Germany a long time ago, it is time that it reconciles with us," he added.


Source: BBC News

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Well, when you consider just how much money went to the state of Israel as reparations for the Holocaust, and just how little the survivors say they are getting, if that's how it is, and that money went to military and other Israeli infrastructure, I think they might have a point.

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