These Israelis Heard Yitzhak Rabin Speak Right Before His Murder – and They'll Never Forget It

Twenty-five years after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, six Israelis who were at the peace rally on November 4, 1995, recall the fateful night and its impact on their lives

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The “Yes to Peace, No to Violence” rally in Tel Aviv at which then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin spoke before being assassinated by a right-wing extremist, November 4, 1995.
The “Yes to Peace, No to Violence” rally in Tel Aviv at which then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin spoke before being assassinated by a right-wing extremist, November 4, 1995.Credit: NATI HARNIK / ASSOCIATED PRESS
Judy Maltz
Judy Maltz
Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, left, with Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on stage at the rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday November 4, 1995.Credit: SVEN NACKSTRAND / AFP
Veronica Reuveni. “It was a really joyous event,” she recalls. “You could just feel the adrenaline in the crowd.” Credit: Meged Gozani
Futna Jaber. “To this day, every November 4 I get butterflies in my stomach.”Credit: Meged Gozani
Amos Spivak. “When the announcement came on that Rabin was dead, people around me just started bursting into tears.”Credit: Emil Salman
Maya Savir, left, and her mother Aliza Savir. “It seemed that the right wing in Israel had absolute control of the streets at the time,” Maya says.Credit: Meged Gozani
Michal Shamir. “In many ways, Yigal Amir won big-time.”Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

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