Memorial events for slain prime minister Yitzhak Rabin will dominate the agenda of the education system Wednesday, with events taking place in schools, universities and youth groups throughout the country. The following is a partial list of some of these events:
Education Minister Yuli Tamir will join in the official youth rally in Jerusalem commemorating 12 years since the assassination. The event will take place at 11:00 a.m. at Gerard Behar Hall in Jerusalem. The joint program is organized by the Education Ministry and the National Student Council of high school student leaders, in addition to national youth groups. Discussions will precede the rally on the topics of leadership, responsibility, dialogue and remembrance, followed by tours of Jerusalem "in the wake of Rabin's legacy."
Schools throughout the country will hold discussions on "the importance of democracy in Israel and the dangers of violence to society and the state," according to a program developed jointly by the Education Ministry and the Rabin Center. Discussions will also focus on leadership and the need for leaders to take responsibility. Curricula and materials for these programs are available at the Education Ministry's website in Hebrew and Arabic.
The Noar Ha'oved Ve'halomed youth movement will hold its annual demonstration in dozens of intersections throughout the country under the banner of "We won't forget and we won't forgive." In response to recent far-right advocates calling for the assassin Yigal Amir to be released, the youth group will also demonstrate outside the Rimonim Prison where Amir is incarcerated.
Universities will hold Rabin memorial events as well. Perhaps the most poignant will be at Bar-Ilan University, where Amir was studying when he carried out the assassination. The university will hold a "study and dialogue meeting" at the Chapelle Garden on the Ramat Gan campus, lasting from 11:45 a.m. to about 2 p.m. The program will feature a lecture titled "Halachic Judaism and democratic political culture - can the two go hand in hand?"
Tel Aviv University's event, at noon on the TAU campus in north Tel Aviv, will feature singer Ehud Banai.