Biography
Colette avital

Colette Avital

Member of the Executive

Born 1940 in Romania, Emmigrated to Israel in 1950.

Education:

B.A., Political Science and English Literature, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

M.A., English Literature, University of Montreal

M.A., Public Administration, Harvard University

Languages:

Hebrew, English, French, Rumanian, Italian, German and Portuguese.

Parliamentary Positions:

15th Knesset:

Chair: Ethics Committee

Chair: Israel-France Parliamentary Friendship League

Chair: Parliamentary Enquiry Committee into the Location and Restitution of the Assets of Holocaust Victims

Chair: Israel-Germany Parliamentary Friendship League

Chair: Israel-Portugal Parliamentary Friendship League

Member, Education and Culture Committee; State Control Committee; Committee on the Status of Women; Constitution, Law & Justice Committee; Finance Committee; Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee

16th Knesset:

Chair: Immigration, Absorption & Diaspora Affairs Committee

Chair: Parliamentary Enquiry Committee into the Location and Restitution of the Assets of Holocaust Victims

Member of the Committee on the Status of Women; Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; Committee on the Status of Women; Parliamentary Enquiry Committee on Corruption in the Government System

17th Knesset:

Deputy Speaker, Member of the House Committee; Constitution, Law and Justice Committee; Committee on Immigration, Absorption, and Diaspora Affairs; Foreign Affairs & Defence Committee

Chair: Lobby for Holocaust Survivors; Lobby for Jerusalem; Forum of the Jewish Nation

Chair: Israel-Portugal Parliamentary Friendship League

Chair: Israel-Germany Parliamentary Friendship League

Activity in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

MK Avital served in Israel's Foreign Ministry from 1960. She served as Chancellor in Montreal; Press and Cultural Attaché in Brussels; Minister-Counselor in Paris; Consul in Boston; Ambassador in Lisbon and Consul General in New York.

Her positions at the Foreign Ministry headquarters in Jerusalem included:

Deputy Director of Information (1979-1981)

Director of Training Division (1984-1986)

Deputy Director General for Information, Media Communication and Culture (1986-1988)

Deputy Director General of the Foreign Ministry in charge of European Affairs (1997-1999)

Public Activity and Board Membership:

Member of the Secretariat of the Na'amat Women's Organization

Member of the Board, The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra

Member of the Board, The Schechter Institute

Awards:

Honorary Doctorate, College of New Rochelle, USA

Honorary Doctorate, Wellesley College, USA

Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur, France

Cavaliere del' Ordine al Merito de la Republica, Italy