Rabin memorial canceled for lack of funds

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The annual memorial ceremony in Tel Aviv to mark the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has been canceled this year due to lack of funding.

Organizers announced on Oct. 30 that the event would not be held for the first time since Rabin was murdered 21 years ago, saying they could not raise sufficient funds. Though the artists and other celebrities who participate in the memorial appear for free, funds are needed to cover such expenses as security.

Rabin was assassinated on Nov. 4, 1995, following a peace rally at a plaza in central Tel Aviv now known as Rabin Square.

A memorial ceremony has been held each year in Rabin Square on the Saturday night closest to the date of the assassination. Some 100,000 people attended the ceremony last year marking the 20th anniversary, including former President Bill Clinton, who addressed the crowd. — jta