Yitzhak Rabin assassination conspiracy theory. What do you believe?
On the eve of the 26th anniversary of his death, the Yitzhak Rabin assassination conspiracy theory is back in the headlines. Was it Yigal Amir who fired the fatal bullet, at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, or did something else happen in the ambulance when Rabin was rushed to the hospital? Was it a Shin Bet agent perhaps?
Prof. Mordechai Kedar, a Bar-Ilan University professor and scholar of Arabic culture claims that Rabin was the victim of a political conspiracy and that someone else with the initials “Y.R.’ is responsible for Rabin’s murder.
In the meantime here are some links to a few interesting articles that have appeared in the Israel and Jewish press about the Rabin assassination conspiracy theory.
- From Ynet
- Haaretz on Netanyahu’s rejection of the theory
- Hamodia – for the religious Jewish community
- Jerusalem Post – why is Yigal Amir in solitary confinement?
A rally will be held in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday night, to commemorate the occasion.
Yitzhak Rabin facts
An entire generation of youth has grown up since Rabin’s assassination and many of them have little idea about Yitzhak Rabin’s personal life.
- Yitzhak Rabin had an illustrious career as an Israeli politician, statesman and general. He was the fifth Prime Minister of Israel, serving two terms in office, 1974–77, and 1992 until his assassination in 1995.
- His parents were originally from the Ukraine
- Rabin’s father changed his surname from Rubitzov to Rabin in 1917
- Rabin spent 2 of his high school years at the Kadoorie Agricultural School as originally he aspired to being an irrigation engineer. He was a good student but hated studying English as it was the language of the “British enemy”.
- Rabin married Leah Schlossberg in 1948
- He served as Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 1968 to 1973
- In 1994, Rabin won the Nobel Peace Prize together with long-time political rival Shimon Peres and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
- The 12th of Cheshvan, the murder date according to the Hebrew calendar, is the official memorial day of Rabin
- In 1995 the Israeli Postal Authority issued a commemorative Rabin stamp
- Many cities and towns in Israel have named streets, neighborhoods, schools, bridges and parks after Rabin. The country’s largest power station, Orot Rabin, two government office complexes (at the HaKirya in Tel Aviv and the Sail Tower in Haifa), the Israeli terminal of the Arava border crossing with Jordan, and two synagogues are also named after him. Outside Israel, there are streets and squares named after him in Bonn, Berlin, Chicago, Madrid, Miami, New York City, and Odessa and parks in Montreal, Paris, Rome and Lima. The community Jewish high school in Ottawa is also named after him.