Sunday, November 6, 2016

News you might have missed on TV

Last week, 74 of the 140 members of the Israeli national legislature (Knesset) passed a bill that protects Holocaust survivors' monthly stipends from taxation. Maybe you didn't know it, but the government of Germany pays Holocaust survivors $578 each month. But this stipend has always been taxed by the Israeli government -- so survivors only receive about $354.

The new bill revises the stipend definitions so that recipients will receive the full amount, tax-free. And here's the best part. Guess who spearheaded the effort? Three lawmakers from the Joint Arab List, the third largest party in the Knesset, with 13 elected legislators. "I had the privilege to be part of the initiative for this important bill, said Arab lawmaker Ayman Odeh. "I am especially proud that we managed to assist so that Holocaust survivors who are still with us can live decently."

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