Rabin assassination commemorated

MK Gal-On: Gv't should investigate rabbis' responsibility.

rabin special 298 (photo credit: )
rabin special 298
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Hundreds gathered in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin Friday afternoon. Next to the memorial established near the site of the murder, a memorial service was held. At the cemetery on Mt. Herzl in Jerusalem, a memorial service was held Friday afternoon for friends and family of the slain prime minister. Labor ministers and MKs, including Shimon Peres, participated. The tenth anniversary of Rabin's assassination also reinvigorated the argument over the incitement that preceded Rabin's murder. Zehava Gal-On, chairwoman of the Meretz-Yahad faction, called on the attorney-general to investigate the involvement of rabbis in the murder and to bring them to justice. Galon noted that Rabin's murderer, Yigal Amir, said in his investigation that he would not have acted without the backup of some rabbis. Galon added that none of those rabbis were brought to justice, and were therefore encouraged to continue inciting against the government. Rabbi Elyakim Levanon, the rabbi of the Samaria settlement of Elon Moreh, head of the pre-military yeshiva there, and an outspoken critic of last summer's disengagement, said in response that no rabbi issued against Rabin a "rodef" sentence, which would have branded him as a killer who needed to be stopped. Levanon added that Gal-On's declaration constituted slander against rabbis, when it was only peripheral hotheads who had led the calls against Rabin.