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Hadassah Remembers Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l

Past National President Marlene Post, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Past National President Deborah Kaplan, and Israeli President Shimon Peres at Hadassah's 81st National Convention in 1995.
In 1995, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin shared the Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah's highest honor, awarded for their initiation of the peace process with the Palestinians.

Former Prime Minister of Israel Yitzchak Rabin z"l was a Sabra who served in the IDF in both the Palmach and the Haganah. Rabin was one of the fighters who opened the road to Jerusalem in 1948. While Rabin was Prime Minister in 1976, he ordered the successful Raid on Entebbe which courageously freed hostages hijacked on an Air France plane. Rabin won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994 when he, Yassir Arafat and Peres signed the Oslo Accords. In November of 1995, Rabin was tragically assassinated by a fellow Jew during a peace rally in Tel-Aviv. That location is known today as Rabin Square.

Rabin spoke at the rededication of Hadassah Mount Scopus in 1975, telling the audience of Hadassah members and hospital staff: "your efforts go beyond the spread of health and healing to all in need. They contribute to human understanding and hence to our quest for peace with our neighbors." Israel, he continued, "opens the door of this hospital, indeed of all our hospitals, to any man, woman or child across our borders in search of healing and care."

Click here to listen to the audio of the Mount Scopus rededication made available by the Center for Jewish History. Rabin's speech can be found at 24:38 before the conclusion.

In 1995, Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Rabin shared the Henrietta Szold Award, Hadassah's highest honor, awarded for their initiation of the peace process with the Palestinians.

This weekend, over 30,000 people—including students on Young Judaea Year Course—gathered in Rabin Square to mark his yahrzeit and sing Shir LaShalom, the signature song that has come to represent his legacy of peace.

 

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