Coalition Chairman David Bitan will not attend Rabin’s memorial rally

Coalition Chairman David Bitan said he will not participate in the night rally in Tel Aviv in memory of former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzhak Rabin, stating the event should be state-funded.
David Bitan Photo credit: Miriam Alster/Flash90

Today (Saturday), Coalition Chairman David Bitan participated in a culture event in the midst of disputes regarding the new public broadcasting agency and the question of financing the rally in memory of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. During the event, Bitan was asked if he intends to participate in the rally tonight, to which he said: “I will not be at the rally, Rabin’s murder was not a political murder.”

“People are trying to paint a picture as if politicians murdered him,” Bitan said resentfully. “Rabin’s rally should be national and financed by the state in accordance with the government’s decision.” The rally was originally canceled until the Zionist Camp decided to finance it.

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As reported by JOL, Bitan discussed his initiative to close the new public broadcasting agency and blamed officials in the agency for being anti-government. He said that those in favor of closing the agency checked the Facebook pages of three senior-level officials from the agency and tomorrow, he will present to the media what they discovered.

MK Stav Shaffir (Zionist Camp) participated in the Saturday culture event in Modi'in and discussed Rabin’s memorial rally set for tonight. “The right-wing understands that incitement is a useful political tool,” she said. “They compare the Israel Broadcasting Authority employees and our Knesset members to Hamas terrorists. This is the same incitement that Rabin suffered from before he was murdered and they continue with no hesitation.”

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