JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin "must not be forgiven or forgotten," Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a candlelighting ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.
On Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of the Hebrew date of the anniversary of the prime minister's death, Peres spoke about the man with whom he was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. Rabin family members, public figures, youth movement members and students attended the ceremony.
Update: Now we've heard from the Conservative movement. In a statement, the Rabbinical Assembly, the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Jewish Theological Assembly and eight other movement groups said this: "As leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement, we deplore these recent comments of Former Chief Sephardic Rabbi Ovadia Yosef that, like many of his comments over the years, constitute irresponsible incitement to violence.
Update: in this blog, I asked what Jewish leader would be the first to condemn Rabbi Ovadia Yosef''s death wish for Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and the Palestinian people. Answer: Abe Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). This just in from Foxman:
Some of the nastiest email I get is on the issue of immigration reform. To read these missives, you'd never know that Jewish groups have been at the forefront of the effort to overhaul a badly broken legal immigration system and offer a path to citizenship for those here illegally.
Obama’s faltering health care drive has touched a national raw nerve. The resulting fury, exploited by a range of extremist groups and some partisans who have said they hope health care reform will be Obama’s “Waterloo,”
At a Virginia town meeting on health care reform, a rabbi giving an opening prayer was shouted down by protesters claiming Democratic proposals would lead to euthanasia and more abortions.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) became an instant YouTube hit by asking an angry town hall participant who waved a picture of President Barack Obama as Adolf Hitler, “On what planet do you spend most of your time?”
And in numerous town meetings placards have appeared with slogan like this: “Obama lies, Granny dies.”