The 20th memorial day of Yitzhak Rabin

This year we are commemorating the 20th memorial day of Yitzhak Rabin

On Saturday evening, November 4, 1995 – the 12th of Heshvan, 5756 – when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin joined hundreds of thousands of Israelis at the square in front of Tel Aviv’s City Hall as the main speaker in a rally: "Yes to Peace; No to Violence.”


After joining the crowd in singing the peace anthem “Shir L’Shalom,” (Song of Peace), Rabin was headed down the steps toward his car when a Jewish assassin shot and killed him. The assassin, Yigal Amir, opposed the peace process that Rabin championed.

this year we are commemorating the 20th memorial day of Yitzhak Rabin.


 יהי זכרו ברוך


Israel Update- by Ady Blum, Etgar Director, Netzer Olami-


This week we commemorate 20 years since the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister Itzhak Rabin. 20 years have passed, but it seems everyone still remember where he or she were and what they did when the breaking news announced that Rabin was shot. I was 8 years old, all the family gathered around the television to watch the peace rally in Tel-Aviv. We listen to Rabin's speech, "Violence is an erosion in the foundations of Israeli Democracy… I served in the army as long and thought there was no chance for peace.Today I believe there's a true chance for peace". I was 8 years old and I remember my parents, my mother who lost her first husband on Yom Kippur war, my Father  who fought that war and the one before- they were so excited and moved by the rally itself and from Rabins' words.


I went to sleep, thinking that peace is just around the corner. In the morning my mom woke me up and something was different. It's been 20 years now and things remained different ever since.


I've lost a friend in a terror attack in 2003 at the second Intifada; I joined the army by the end of the second Lebanon War; my chanichimwent into Gaza and fought against Hammas in the last operation. Perhaps that's not so different from Israel's history, maybe what was different is the decisions Rabin made in the 90's towards peace. A great effort to push Israel into a different course, but that's what a good leader should do, isn't it?


I also remember Rabin's speech at my Youth Movement conference in 1995 – "We must fight, literarily, the enemies of peace, the Jewish and the Arab ones… a Movement of young generation must demand and struggle for peace, because this is your future and destiny".


Let his words be a torch for our lives  and for our movement.  



Published on 27/10/2015 | Publisher: Orit

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