Dr Yossi Beilin becomes Patron of The Wiener Library
On 15 May the Library was delighted to welcome Dr Yossi Beilin for a tour of the collections and discussions about the work of the Library. Prior to the tour, Dr Beilin held a discussion with the Library’s Director, Ben Barkow, about the challenges facing the community of organisations and individuals concerned with Holocaust education and commemoration.
Dr. Beilin’s lengthy career of public service in Israel began with his appointment as Cabinet Secretary. As a member of Knesset for twenty years, and the former chairman of Israel's Meretz party, Dr Beilin has held ministerial positions in the governments of Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak. He is a leading proponent of the peace process with Israel’s neighbours and especially the Palestinians, identifying Israel’s national interest as being best served by achieving a fair, just, and comprehensive peace in the region. He initiated the secret channel of talks that resulted in the 1993 Oslo Accords.
Dr. Beilin is recognised as one of Israel’s foremost thinkers on the issue of Jewish continuity and relations between Israel and Diaspora Jewry. He was an innovator of the “Birthright” program, which has brought tens of thousands of Jews to Israel. Other recent initiatives include successfully sponsoring legislation to guarantee equal representation for the Israeli Arab minority in the public administration, Government-owned companies, and public authorities.
We are delighted to announce that, as a result of his visit, Dr Beilin agreed to become a Patron of the Wiener Library.
Added: Monday 19th May, 2014