30 years on: Slain Peace Now activist Grunzweig remembered

February 10, 2013 12:00


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The Peace Now movement on Sunday marked the 30th anniversary of the assassination of peace activist Emil Grunzweig. A ceremony was held outside the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, at the site where the deadly hand grenade was thrown at Grunweig.

The assassination occurred during a Peace Now demonstration following the release of the Kahan Commission report on Israel's role in the Sabra and Shatila massacre in 1983. Activist called on the government to implement the recommendations of the commission, which found that Israel had indirect responsibility for the massacre, and for then-Defense Minister Ariel Sharon to resign. During the protest, Right-wing activist Yona Avrushmi threw a hand grenade into the crowd, killing Grunzweig, and wounding many others, causing public outrage.

President Shimon Peres sent a letter to the Grunzweig's family, in which he wrote that the memory of their son's assassination has not subsided three decades on.

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