Katsav in court for appeal 311 R.
(photo credit: REUTERS/Baz Ratner )
MK Orit Zuaretz (Kadima) has restarted the campaign to have the bust of former
president and convicted rapist Moshe Katsav removed from the President’s
Residence, writing a letter to Efrat Duvdevani, the director-general of the
In a letter written on Thursday, the day Katsav’s appeal was
rejected and the court upheld his sentence of seven years in prison, Zuaretz
said she “demands once again to remove Katsav’s head from the sculptures of
“In the court’s decision, the judges made it clear
that not only did he commit the most serious sexual offenses in the law books,
Mr. Katsav is also someone who does not speak the truth, and shamelessly gave
false testimony,” the Kadima MK wrote.
Zuaretz explained that throughout
the year, the President’s Residence is used to host national ceremonies and
foreign dignitaries, and is open to the citizens of Israel on holidays and
during major events.
Therefore, she wrote, “it would be worthy if the
President’s Residence did not present a sculpture and portrait of a man who was
accused of such serious crimes.
“Continuing to present the bust of Mr.
Katsav in the President’s Residence is embarrassing and will harm the house and
the feelings of both male and female visitors.”
The President’s Residence
spokesman responded with a statement that “President Shimon Peres’s stance is
that we cannot rewrite history and ignore the fact that a former president was
convicted of rape and is a sex offender.
“Whoever enters the gates of the
President’s Residence must know, for better or for worse, that he was also
president,” the statement reads.
In April, Zuaretz sent a letter to
Duvdevani, asking that the bust of Katsav be removed before Yom Ha’atzma’ut
activities took place in the President’s Residence.