TEL AVIV (AFP) — Around 20,000 demonstrators gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday on the anniversary of former Israeli premier Yitzhak Rabin’s murder to condemn a rise in far-right extremism in Israel, an AFP correspondent said.
“Yes to peace, no to violence,” read their placards, which also denounced the far-right settler movement.
Yossi Sarid, a former leftist MP and minister, condemned in a speech what he called a campaign by the extreme right to have a crime forgotten for which it has never asked forgiveness.
Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv on November 4, 1995 by a far-right Jewish extremist opposed to his efforts to implement a peace deal.
The ex-prime minister is revered as a national hero in Israel, both for his career as army chief and for peace efforts in the 1990s that earned him a Nobel peace prize shared with Shimon Peres and late President Yasser Arafat.
The agreements engineered by Rabin, Arafat, and Peres, who is now president of Israel, have largely been undone by the violence of the past decade and failures in keeping to the terms.
Israel has occupied the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip since 1967, in violation of international law.
( www.maannews.net / 12.11.2011)