Ruth Dayan, the Israeli designer and peace activist who was married to one of many nation’s most revered generals, has died on the age of 103, Israeli media reported Friday.
Dayan based the Maskit trend home in 1954, whose designs have been impressed by the cultural heritage of Jewish immigrants in addition to Israel’s Arab neighborhood. She was additionally an lively proponent of peace with the Palestinians and supported charitable causes.
The firm employed new immigrants and ultimately grew to be a significant exporter. It has collaborated with Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Givenchy, and boasts that one in every of its coats was worn by Audrey Hepburn.
Ruth was the primary spouse of Moshe Dayan, the one-eyed commander who led forces throughout Israel’s 1948 warfare of independence and was protection minister through the 1967 warfare, when it quickly defeated its Arab neighbors. They have been married from 1935 till their divorce in 1971 and had three youngsters collectively.
Israel’s largely ceremonial president, Reuven Rivlin, mourned Dayan’s passing. She was “an impressive lady and a job mannequin for entrepreneurs, who had boundless love for this place and its folks, whoever they might be,“ he mentioned in a press release.
Dayan maintained a 40-year friendship with Raymonda Tawil, a Palestinian journalist and the mother-in-law of the enduring Palestinian chief Yasser Arafat. Their relationship is the topic of a 2015 e-book by the historian Anthony David.
She was additionally a member of the general public council of B’Tselem, an Israeli group that paperwork human rights violations within the territories Israel seized in 1967.
“She determinately opposed the occupation and even against a wide consensus and overwhelming silence bravely made her voice heard,” B’Tselem tweeted. “May her memory be a blessing.”
Dayan was born in 1917 within the coastal metropolis of Haifa, when what’s now Israel was a part of the crumbling Ottoman Empire. She is survived by her daughter, the creator and former parliament member Yael Dayan, and grandchildren. She outlived her different two youngsters, actor and director Assi Dayan, who died in 2014, and sculptor Udi Dayan, who died in 2017.