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Yad Vashem has issued the following statement regarding the business relationship between Israeli public relations entrepreneur Eyal Arad and the leader of the Greater Romania party, Vadim Tudor:

14 March 2004

Yad Vashem views cooperation between Israeli organizations or individuals and antisemitic entities as unethical and highly objectionable. It is shameful that such a prominent figure in Israeli public life as Eyal Arad is lending his hand to such a suspicious venture as Vadim Tudor’s election campaign. Even if Tudor has truly improved his view of Jews, it is improper to enter such a relationship with him so quickly. There is no way to know at this stage whether or not Tudor’s supposed transformation is nothing more than an election stunt.

Upon learning of the agreement between Eyal Arad and Vadim Tudor, Yad Vashem informed CEO of Arad Communications Yuval Arad that it is ending its business relationship with the company. Less than a year ago, Yad Vashem contracted Arad Communications as a consultant to help market its new Holocaust History Museum, which will be completed at the end of the year. Yuval Arad headed the consultation team. In January, Yad Vashem informed Arad Communications that it would be forced to sever professional ties should Arad enter a business relationship with Tudor.