Members of an Israeli umbrella group of Holocaust survivor organizations on Thursday elected former MK Colette Avital to be their next chairman. 

"I am thankful to dozens of organizations who help Holocaust survivors, protect their rights and entrusted me with this task," she said. "I am appreciative of the achievements of the founders of the organization and am totally committed to continue their work."

Avital will take over from Moshe Zanbar, who filled in for the late Noah Flug when he passed away last year. Born in Romania,

Avital is a Holocaust survivor who made aliya at the age of 10,after the war ended. She became a lawmaker representing the Labor party in 1999. In 2007 she was the party's official candidate to fill the position of president.

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