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"I can't buy food and a bed for the girl" | Israel today


The cost of living affects all of us - but especially those people who are struggling financially and on the sad path to the poverty line • "Living on donations of food"

Not closing the month: Yulia Banilov (46) from Holon, widow and single mother of 4 children, nursing worker with the elderly.

She suffered severe violence from her first husband and stayed with her son, who was small at the time, in a shelter for battered women.

Later the husband fled the country and Yulia met her second husband, who drowned in the sea and died before the birth of their third child.

Yulia is raising her four children, 27 years old, 15 years old, 14 years old and 8 years old, and lives in a rented house in Holon.

Yulia and the children,

"The children are growing up, their appetites are growing, it's much harder. I feel all the price increases very well. I went into debt. I still haven't paid the schools for the books, I haven't paid the electricity bills, property taxes. The bills are hanging on my refrigerator. I haven't paid the schools for the books, About the trips. I don't have any money, I support the house by myself. Sometimes I think about what to bring the children to eat in the morning, what kind of sandwich, sometimes there is no bread at all. There is no money to buy either. I live from the richest per month to the tenth per month."

To the question of whether the children's schools are willing to waive the payment, Benilov replies in the negative: "They tell me, 'Bring a little each time.'

Livnilov has a full belly on the National Insurance: "I could work more hours, the problem is that they demand that I earn less than NIS 3,500 a month and only then do they help. If you earn more, they no longer help. You don't know whether to work properly or not to work To receive an allowance from the National Insurance. They tell me you are a single mother, so you can work, so you owe us. They say we don't have to support you - so at least don't take what I earn. There's nothing we can do."

"I got into big debts"

Barely surviving:

Naama Simim from Migdal Ha'Emek is a single mother of a 6-year-old girl and she works as a storekeeper.

Naama says that she is having trouble "standing on her feet" financially.

"The rising prices in the economy affected me very badly. Every time I get stuck, I take out a loan. I also took money from my parents and I don't like it because they are pensioners. How much can I take from them? Every time they give us 100 shekels for my daughter, which we will have for milk and bread I have a daughter and I work very hard to make a living and it is difficult to finance it. My salary amounts to NIS 5,000 and I receive alimony in the amount of only NIS 300 from the National Insurance.

"I ask my family group for five bread rolls, pita bread and milk delicacies. They don't help me with welfare. I've been asking for money for clothes for three years. Every time I ask, I get a negative answer, so it's better not to ask anymore."

Welfare does not help

"In terms of school expenses, I haven't paid for the books for the school yet: 900 shekels. Look at what month we are and I still haven't paid for the books. I try to give my daughter the best and situations happen where I get stuck.

About the concessions in her life, she says, "I need to have dental treatments. I'm 42 years old and I have severe receding teeth. I have no teeth in my entire mouth and no help with the treatments. I didn't buy a bed for the girl. She has a bed for a three-year-old girl, so she's been sleeping with me for two years. The parents Mine bought me a refrigerator, a living room, a TV and an air conditioner. I can't ask for a move. How much can you ask them? They themselves don't work at all and have to help me."

"Living on donations of food"

The saddest thing:

P.S. is the son of Holocaust survivors.

He lives in Holon and previously volunteered with the police.

His wife and he are very sick and both have deteriorated into poverty because they cannot work.

P.S. says: "My financial situation is very bad. When there is no income of a shekel a year, it is bad. Imagine how you can live without money when there are taxes that you have to pay all the time.

"Even at the HMO they raised the price without informing me. And I can't stop that. I'm 75 years old. We live on medicine and none of the authorities care. I haven't received a shekel from the state since I asked two years ago. I've been in four wars, and unfortunately you can see that the government Busy from morning till night with other things and not with our affairs. And what are we going to do, a strike?".

PS says that he and his wife do not buy anything for themselves.

"We give up everything. We don't buy clothes, shoes, and we don't leave the house. We barely buy basic food. Luckily there are good people in Israel who help, such as Petachon Lev. In addition, on Sundays, businesses that didn't sell their rolls on Friday, Occasionally they give us. It doesn't add respect to us, but it's the reality. If there's any left over, we take it away."

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Source: israelhayom

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