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Belarus Unveils Monument to Shimon Peres on Late Israeli President’s 100th Birthday

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Shimon Peres Birthplace Memorial (Peres Center for Peace)

On what would have been the 100th birthday of Shimon Peres, the former Israeli prime minister, president and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, a new monument in his honor was unveiled in the Belarus town of Vishneva where Peres was born.

The Peres Center for Peace and Innovation said the monument, which stands in the courtyard of the house where Shimon Peres born, was specially designed to honor his life that was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and innovation. The monument features inscriptions in three languages, symbolizing the universal impact of his life’s work.

Shimon Peres, who passed away in 2016, was born Szymon Perski, on 2 August 1923 to Yitzhak and Sara Perski. Throughout his life held prominent positions in Israeli politics, serving twice as the nation’s prime minister and subsequently as president from 2007 to 2014.

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The establishment of a monument at the site of Peres’s birth was made possible through a joint effort between the Jewish communities in Belarus, the Israeli Embassy in Minsk, and the support and participation of the Governor of the Minsk Region. Ambassadors from various countries attended the unveiling along with Rabbi Shaul Chababo, Chabad’s envoy in Bobruisk.

In his seven-decade-long career, Peres demonstrated his unwavering commitment to fostering coexistence and resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Simultaneously, he played a crucial role in strengthening Israel’s defense and security, overseeing the establishment of significant military and strategic assets. His diverse and influential contributions left an indelible mark on Israeli history.

Efrat Duvdevani, Director General of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation said: “Today, as we unveil this monument marking Shimon Peres’s 100th birthday, we honor his exceptional life dedicated to peace and innovation. The centenary year of his birth is an opportunity to recognize his universal impact and to inspire us to continue his legacy of coexistence and progress for generations to come.”

Shimon Peres immigrated to Mandatory Palestine with his family in 1934, when he was 13. Later, he served as director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Defense from 1953 to 1959 when Peres was only in his early 30s. He was elected to the Knesset for the first time in (Israeli parliament) in 1959, where he served continuously for 48 years, until becoming President of Israel in 2007.

He served as prime minister of Israel twice, from 1984 to 1986 and again from 1995 to 1996 and Shimon Peres was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, for his work on the Oslo Accords.



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