Colette Avital, former consul general in New York City and an ex-Labor MK, has been appointed to head Israel's umbrella organization of Holocaust survivors.

She is a Holocaust survivor, originally from Romania.

The Center of Organizations of Holocaust Survivors in Israel represents 50 organizations that assist Holocaust survivors.

The previous head, the late Noah Flug, fought governments to compensate survivors.

Avital told The Associated Press on Thursday that she fears governmental budget cuts could reduce assistance for needy survivors.

As a member of parliament, Avital headed an inquiry identifying properties in Israel owned by European Jews who were killed in the Holocaust.