Grapevine: A grim reminder

IN THREE months, radio and television outlets in Israel will be broadcasting twenty-yearold archive material of the dramatic announcement by Eitan Haber making the official statement that prime minister Yitzhak Rabin had been killed by an assassin.

Haber was a respected Yediot Aharonot journalist before taking up his position as Rabin’s bureau chief, and he returned to journalism after Rabin’s death.

This week, following circulation on social media of photos of President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in SS uniforms, coupled with the horrendous threats and slurs against them, Haber published an op-ed piece in Yediot under the heading: ‘Mr. President, Rabin Also Disdained The Threats Against Him.’ Haber, who met with Rivlin this week, said he was instantly reminded of the voices of hate-filled incitement and the ugly posters that were circulated prior to Rabin’s death.


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