Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Charles Dharapak)
The government on Sunday approved the allocation of NIS 4 million to commemorate
the 50th anniversary of the beginning of Adolf Eichmann’s trial on 15 counts of
war crimes and crimes against humanity on April 11, 1961.
abducted by the Mossad in Argentina in 1960, and convicted on all 15 counts, He
was executed by hanging in 1962.
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting,
said the Eichmann trial marked “a turning point in which the State of Israel and
the Jewish People began to mete out justice to their persecutors and said:
Enough! No more! Regrettably, our enemies and those who seek Jewish lives have
not gone from the world. But the State of Israel exists and it knows how to
defend itself from evil designs and we say: No more! We say more than that: The
Jewish People lives!” Former minister and Mossad operative Rafi Eitan, who
participated in the operation to capture Eichmann; Tamar Raveh and Amos Hausner,
children of Gideon Hausner who prosecuted Eichmann; and Mickey Goldman, one of
Eichmann’s interrogators, addressed the cabinet.
As part of the
activities to commemorate the trial will be three central events: one in
Jerusalem’s Beit Ha’am, where the trial took place; one at the Wannsee Villa
outside Berlin where the Final Solution was formally presented in January 1942;
and a third in New York.
The State Archives and Yad Vashem have uploaded
to YouTube the films of the trial.
The material, which contains over 200
hours of trial sessions and a compilation of testimonies, can be seen at
http://www.youtube.com/user/ EichmannTrialEN#p/a. The channel is a joint effort
between Yad Vashem and the Israel State Archives.
The cabinet on Sunday
also approved Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer’s decision to issue a new
series of banknotes which will feature prominent Hebrew poets and writers: Rahel
the Poet on the new NIS 20 bill, Leah Goldberg on the NIS 50 bill, Shaul
Tchernichowsky on the NIS 100 bill, and Natan Alterman on the new NIS 200
In other business, the cabinet also formally approved the
appointment of Yoram Cohen as the new head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency), and Aharon Franco as the new Prisons Service Commissioner.