Remembering the Murder, Fighting for Democracy

25 years after the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, a broad coalition of youth movements and other organizations insists on maintaining dialogue and strengthening democracy

It has been 25 years since Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish extremist. For the first 15 years after his murder, there were rallies in the square where he was shot calling for peace, democracy and an end to incitement. Five years ago, the coalition “Remembering the Murder, Fighting for Democracy” was formed, pioneering a new way to commemorate Prime Minister Rabin’s legacy.

Students Protesting against violance in central places in Israel

The Israeli Assembly is a large-scale and nation-wide event put on by the “Remembering the Murder, Fighting for Democracy” Coalition every year. Members of youth movements across the political, religious and social spectrums are invited to gather in central places in the large cities across Israel. There, they are split into mixed groups and led by the youth movement leaders in discussions on topics that are at times divisive and prevalent to Israeli society today. There is also an assembly where adults are invited to come and sit together to discuss contentious topics. Topics have included the Israeli Declaration of Independence, should there be transportation on Shabbat, mandatory military service for all citizens and more. The idea is for people to come together around topics that are divisive and heated and instead of resorting to violence or threats, to remember that the most important thing is that even the people you disagree with are members of society and deserve to have their voices heard.