It was decided yesterday that this year’s annual memorial ceremony to mark the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin will not be held due to lack of funding. However, Zionist Camp leader Isaac Herzog announced that his party will organize an alternative rally.
The Yitzhak Rabin Rally Photo Credit: Ben Kamar (Mako)/Channel 2 News
For the past 20 years, thousands of people have been gathering in Tel Aviv once a year for the memorial ceremony to mark the assassination of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. However, this year’s memorial ceremony has been canceled due to lack of funding.
The decision to cancel the ceremony at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, which was scheduled for this Saturday evening, was made yesterday (Sunday). A few weeks ago, several private citizens discovered that no organization committed this year to organizing the ceremony and thus they have been working in order to hold the event. These citizens recruited artists and public figures to voluntary perform or speak at the ceremony and also received all the necessary permits from the Israel Police and Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality.
“I took it upon myself to try and put on the rally, which includes raising the funds required budget for it,” said Brigadier-General (res.) Asaf Agmon, one of the organizers. “However, we have been unfortunately forced to cancel the main rally in memory of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin after there was a lack of donors to fund the cost of the event. This is a stain in Israel’s history.”
Opposition leader and Zionist Camp head Isaac Herzog clarified last night: “We, the Labor Party, will organize an alternative rally. It should also be noted that the rally was always the responsibility of private and external organizations but since this involves the murder of our leader, former Labor head Yitzhak Rabin, we insist on conducting an alternative rally while taking into account the time constraints and conditions required to organize such an event.”