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CLIP 11634

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (audio)

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (audio)
Key Info
  • The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin (audio)
  • Duration: 09:01
  • Aviv Geffen, an Israeli rock star, had performed at the peace rally attended by Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in support of the Oslo Peace Accord. There is a recording of Rabin speaking to the crowd about his hopes for peace. Aviv performed his song 'I Cry For You'. After coming off stage, Aviv and Rabin were walking to the car park when Rabin was shot. Aviv recalls the chaos immediately following the shooting, there is a recording of a journalist reporting the event. Aviv describes his feelings on hearing that Rabin had died. He also describes the emotional impact of learning that Rabin's assassin got backstage by saying that he was Aviv Geffen's personal driver. Aviv continues to speak out for peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This clip from ‘Witness’ is published on the World Service website: and was first broadcast on 4 November 2010. Please note this is an audio clip and only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    The Middle East from the 1880s

  • Keywords: Israel, Palestine, peace process, assassination, terrorism, politics, Middle East, citizenship, Witness
Ideas for use in class
  • How has the Middle East, and Israel especially, dealt with the assassination of Yitzchak Rabin? To what extent has the process for peace moved forward? Using this source and other testimony, students are asked to evaluate Rabin as a source for the changing relationships between Jews and Arabs in the Middle East, and the reasons for continuing conflict. How significant, in the short-term, were the actions of [the chosen individual] in creating hostility among the peoples of the Middle East? What significance would you attribute to the role of individual leaders in shaping relationships among the peoples of the Middle East in the years 1900-2001?
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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