Former consul-general Dani Dayan to move Yad Vashem

2021-07-22 17:52:01

Training Minister Yifat Shasha-Biton intends to nominate her fellow New Hope Knesset candidate within the final election, Dani Dayan, as the subsequent chairman of Yad Vashem Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority.

Dayan served as chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria after which as consul-general in New York earlier than operating unsuccessfully with New Hope. 

When the appointment turns into official, Dayan will substitute Avner Shalev, who was within the place for 27 years. The publish has been vacant resulting from challenges in appointing a brand new chairman within the delicate publish.  

Final August, then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tried to nominate former cupboard minister and brigadier normal Effi Eitam to the publish. However Eitam’s critics famous investigations within the IDF that discovered that he had ordered the beating of Palestinian rioters, bragged about it and was scolded by the IDF chief of workers. They stated alleged abuses of human rights made him unfit for such a delicate publish.

Those self same critics, nevertheless, had no drawback with the appointment of Dayan, who proved himself a bridge builder between conservative and progressive Jews throughout his tenure in New York.  

Former Labor MK Colette Avital, the chairperson of the Central Group of Holocaust Survivors, stated Dayan was a “terrific appointment” for the publish. 

“He’s a person of broad horizons, who was a profitable consul-general in New York, stated Avital, who additionally held that publish.

Previous and current leaders of Meretz stated they’d no drawback with Dayan heading Yad Vashem, regardless of him chairing the settlers’ council prior to now. New Israel Fund director Mickey Gitzin stated he additionally didn’t object to the appointment.

“Effi Eitam was not dominated out for being a settler chief, and there’s no drawback with individuals who stay in settlements holding key posts in Israeli society,” Gitzin stated. “Eitam was unacceptable resulting from his many racist statements towards Arabs that have been unfit for the chairman of Yad Vashem. Dayan is a political adversary, however a reputable and correct chief and I want him properly on this necessary publish.  

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