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Yad Vashem’s new chairman: Dani Dayan

CM 22/08/2021 2

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On Sunday, Israel confirmed the appointment of former Israeli consul-general to New York Dani Dayan as the new Chairman of the Yad Vashem Directorate.
Previously, the appointment of this position sparked controversy when then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated he would appoint Effi Eitam, a former right-wing politician, to the position. 
“Leading Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, is more than a position; it is a mission and one I take on with awe and reverence,” said Dayan. 

Holocaust survivors and advocacy groups such as the Anti-Defamation League expressed concern over his appointment due to his hard-right beliefs regarding Palestinians and the West Bank.
Concerns were raised that Eitam’s appointment could open the center up to criticism from anti-Israel groups and damage the memory of the Holocaust as well as Israel’s image.
Dayan, 65, served as Israel’s Consul General in New York from 2016 until 2020. He also served as chairman of the Yesha Council, the umbrella organization representing communities in Judea and Samaria.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and computer science from Bar Ilan University and a master’s in finance from Tel Aviv University, and he currently lives in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.
“As time passes, our work becomes more challenging, albeit more vital, than ever before,” Dayan added. “I am determined to succeed in fulfilling our shared commitment, together with the dedicated staff of Yad Vashem.” 

Source: Jerusalem Post

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