Ten Years After Murder, Police Nab Posters Depicting Rabin in SS Uniform

The Jerusalem Police have foiled plans by right-wing extremists to distribute posters with pictures of Yitzhak Rabin in an SS uniform to coincide with the 10th anniversary of his assassination, the police said yesterday.

One suspect, a 15-year-old boy, was arrested Saturday night on suspicion of planning to distribute the posters, which police say violate the laws against incitement and slander.

The posters bear the slogan "rejoice in the downfall of the wicked" and say they are being distributed in honor of the anniversary of the death of "a hater of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, may his name be erased."

Yesterday, the boy was remanded for two days by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court, and police are searching for a second minor whom they also suspect of involvement in the affair.

The official state commemoration of Rabin's death began last night, with a ceremony at which members of the Israel Scouts lit 3,650 memorial candles - one for each day that has passed since the assassination. Also yesterday, the Rabin Center held a formal ceremony at which Chief Sephardi Rabbi Shlomo Amar affixed a mezuzah to the doorpost of the center's new building in Tel Aviv. The ceremony was attended by Dalia Rabin, the center's chairman and Rabin's daughter, and the newly elected chairman of Rabin's Labor Party, MK Amir Peretz.

This morning, 650 youngsters from across the country will participate in a commemorative march through Jerusalem. The march will be preceded by workshops and discussions on the limitations of protest and on "ways of reconnecting following the rift Israeli society has suffered."

In the afternoon, the Knesset will hold a special session in Rabin's honor. Some 1,000 guests have been invited to the session, including Supreme Court justices, senior police and army officers, university presidents, some 80 foreign ambassadors and the heads of 26 special delegations that came from abroad for the occasion.

Among others, delegations have arrived from China, Japan, South Africa, India, Russia, Brazil, Ethiopia, the United States and several European countries. Speeches will be delivered by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, Vice Premier Shimon Peres, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, opposition leader Yosef Lapid and Labor faction chairman Ephraim Sneh.