Rabin Memorials Held Throughout Israel


rabinIsrael is marking the 14th anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin. Even as memorial services were held today, the Hebrew date of the murder, at schools and institutions throughout the country, some right-wing activists called on students and citizens to shun the commemorations.Memory tents were erected in sites around the country and included an exhibit on the right-wing incitement against Rabin in the weeks leading up to his assassination, Ha’aretz reported.

The memorials began last night, with a memorial ceremony held at the Israeli President’s Residence in Yerushalayim.

“Fourteen years ago the banner that was waving in the square read ‘Yes to peace, no to violence’. The years have passed and the Israeli society is still dealing with serious violence,” the slain prime minister’s daughter Dalia Rabin said at last night’s ceremony.

The annual state memorial was held this afternoon at Har Herzl in Yerushalayim and was followed by a special Knesset session to remember the slain prime minister.

Right-wing lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari of the National Union party said yesterday he would boycott the Knesset session.

Right-wing activists in Yerushalayim handed out fliers which called on students to boycott the ceremonies. The fliers condemn the assassination, but decry “the memory and immortalization of Rabin’s legacy,” Ha’aretz reported.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said of Rabin at today’s state memorial: “Yitzchak was required to deal with two situations: Consolidating the nation with war and leading it, with divided opinions, onto a path of peace. In both situations, Yitzchak directed his gaze at the truth. He didn’t seek fake honor. He didn’t hide facts. He didn’t deceive and he didn’t collapse.”

Meanwhile, President Obama has sent a videotaped message to Israel to be aired Motzoei Shabbos at the annual main memorial ceremony for Yitzchak Rabin in Kikar Rabin in Tel Aviv. The message, requested by Dalia Rabin, will remind the Israeli people of the need to continue the peace process in memory of Rabin.

{Yair Alpert-Matzav.com Israel/JTA/Haaretz}


  1. The truth ? What truth? To foolishly continue a 1 sided process of concessions while jews are murdered by your so called peace partners