ADL Mourns the Loss of Former Israeli President Yitzhak Navon

Jerusalem, November 9, 2015…. The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) mourns the loss of Yitzhak Navon, Israel’s fifth president and former member of parliament, deputy prime minister and education minister who strengthened the study of Arabic and Sephardic Jewish heritage and worked tirelessly to promote Jewish-Arab co-existence and democratic values.

“President Navon was an important leader whose contributions helped to shape the modern state of Israel," said Jonathan A. Greenblatt, ADL CEO. "He believed strongly in the value of promoting positive relations between Jews and Arab and upheld coexistence as essential to maintaining a strong and culturally vibrant Jewish state. He similarly emphasized and celebrated his own Jewish cultural heritage both as a politician and as a playwright. It is this legacy of bridge-making through education that he will be remembered and respected, especially today when alienation between different sectors of Israeli society and its neighbors seems so great."

Mr. Greenblatt added, “His pragmatic leadership will be greatly missed, and his memory will be for a blessing.”

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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