Bill Clinton, U.S. president at the time of Yitzhak Rabin's murder, and President Reuven Rivlin will address the main rally marking the 20th anniversary of the assassination on Saturday evening at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv.
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Thousands of people are expected to attend the commemorative rally, due to begin at 8 P.M. After a stormy, wet week the forecast for Saturday evening promises clear, pleasant weather.
The event is organized by the coalition “Remembering the Murder, Fighting for Democracy” led by youth movements and social organizations. The Rabin Center, which did not take part in organizing the memorial rallies in recent years, joined the organizers this year.
Other speakers will include Rabin's daughter and head of the Rabin Center, Dalia Rabin; head of Orot Shaul yeshiva Rabbi Yuval Cherlow; Tony Nasser, head of the Arab members of Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed (Federation of Students and Young Workers in Israel); and Sarah Rosenfeld, whose son Malachi was murdered in a terror attack near the West Bank settlement of Shvut Rachel.
Artists Rita, Ninet Tayeb, Ahuva Ozeri, Shai Tzabari, Shlomi Shaban and Nasrin Kadri will perform and journalist Rino Tzror will host.
The organizers said the event will be statesmanlike and not political or partisan. “The recent terror attacks underscore the growing need to isolate and denounce violence and racism and strengthen a moderate center to deal with Israeli society’s challenges,” a statement from the organizers said. “All those who hold Israeli democracy dear are invited to come to the square on Saturday.”
The rally’s producers drafted a document of principles they intend to present at Saturday's event. It calls on “all Israel’s tribes and all parts of Israeli society to join our generation’s mission in understanding that Israel is facing difficult historic decisions. These decisions can only be made by means of a democratic procedure and moral values. We want to place Rabin’s murder as a warning signal to society and pledge that in every controversy among us, democracy will determine the issue.”
Large police, Shin Bet and U.S. Secret Service forces will safeguard the rally, due to Rivlin and Clinton’s attendance.
Parking around the square will be barred from 10 A.M. Saturday and the following streets around it will close to traffic from 5:30 P.M.: Ibn Gvirol will be closed between Shaul Hamelech and Pinkas; Shaul Hamelech will be closed from Weizmann to Ibn Gvirol; Gordon will be closed from Shlomo Hamelech to Malchei Yisrael; Malchei Yisrael will be closed from Ben Gurion to Chen; Ben Gurion and Hadassah will be closed from Shlomo Hamelech to Ibn Gvirol; Bloch will be closed from Arlozorov to Ibn Gvirol; and Arlozorov will be closed from Weizmann to Ibn Gvirol.