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Published on 6 November 2017

#Israel - Tens of thousands gather at Rabin memorial rally

Israel marks 22 years since the assassination of late premier Yitzhak Rabin in a mass rally.

Published on the 4th of November 2017 in The Jerusalem Post 

Some 85,000 people, according to police estimates, poured into Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night to mark the 22nd anniversary of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination there.

The organizers of this year’s rally – centrist groups Darkenu and Commanders for Israel’s Security – sought to avoid politics, focusing on “national unity” and omitting mentions of “peace” in advertisements, a stark contrast to previous years when left-wing politicians have called on the crowd to support the peace process with the Palestinians.

However, the vast majority of Saturday night’s attendees identified with the Left, lending the rally its traditional political orientation.

The square was filled with posters and balloons emblazoned with the left-wing Meretz party and the center-left Zionist Union. There were also many signs for Peace Now, Breaking the Silence, Darkenu, the Hadash party and Standing Together.

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