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Monday
November 6, 1995

Shocked, saddened,
thousands mourn
slain Israelileader

From Daily Wire Services,
n JERUSALEM -Tens of thousands
of Israelis, many weeping, many bear-
ing flowers,silentlyfiledpastthesimple
wooden coffin of Prime Minister
YitzhakRabin yesterday, in a final sa-
'j~~~r A lute to the assassinated soldier, states-
'=; man and man of peace.
The parade of mourners came from
all overthe shocked andsaddenedcoun-
--
try to a courtyard in front of the Israeli
parliament. The procession was ex-
pected to continue all night until the
start of a state funeral today attended by
dozens ofworldleaders, including Presi-
dent Clinton.
Even as Israelis mourned, they tried
to grasp the enormity of the upheaval
thrust upon their country when a Jewish
opponent of Rabin's peacemaking
gunned him down.
Many gently placed bouquets offlow-
-; ers on stone tiles near the flag-draped
s } acoffin in which the 73-year-old slain
.w,,aeleader lay. Others gently placed flower
bouquets on stone tiles nearby.
Rabin's assassination at a pro-peace
rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday night,
stunned a nation that, despite increas-
S.ingly bitter divisions over peacemak-
ing with the Arabs, had somehow de-
,.nied that such violence could happen to
them.
AP PHOTO The suspect, Yigal Amir, a 27-year-
candles flicker outside the Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin s official residence in Jerusalem yesterday. A portrait of Rabin hangs from the barricade. old law student with
links to the Jewish

Students
stunned by
assassination
By Stephanie Jo Klein
Daily Staff Reporter
Waves of shock rolled over local
residents in the wake of Israeli Prime
Minister Yitzhak Rabin's assassi-
nation Saturday, and many now
wonder what will happen to th,
peace process in the Middle East.
Both Jewish and Arab communi-
ties have long been plagued by in-
ternal division. When Rabin and
Palestine Liberation Organization
leader Yasser Arafat broke the his-
toric stalemate between the two
groups, there was a great strain in
both groups. With Israeli Foreign
Minister Shimon Peres taking
Rabin's place as Israel's premier,
the strain and the challenge may
now be greater.
Some local Jewish students re-
acted as RC senior Aryeh Caroline
did, with disgust.
"I think what we have to do now
is take our disgust and this act of
disunity and react with unity. We
can turn this negative into a posi-
tive," he said.
Co-leader of the student group
American Movement for Israel,
Caroline spoke ofthe fact that Rabin
was killed by a fellow Jew: "If any-
thing, the peace process will go
faster with Shimon Peres. The peace
process isn't what is at risk. What's
threatened is Jewish unity when
Jews start killing Jews over dis-
agreements."
Caroline urged: "We must not let
it drive a wedge between us."
Darren Spilman, an LSA senior
and co-leader of AMI, said he was
he was filled with "horror and dis-

eres promises to
wok for peace

'rom Daily Wire Services
JERUSALEM - The gunman who
hot Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at
>oint-blank range Saturday was aiming
o kill the Israeli-Palestinian peace pro-
ess that Rabin had embraced.
The 73-year-old Rabin is dead, but
he young peace process is still alive,
sraeli political analysts insist.
At least in the
eginning, they
ay, Israelis horri-'
led by this assassi-
Lation - unprec-
:dented in the his-
ory of their Jewish
tate - are likely
o stand behind act-
ng Prime Minister
himon Peres, the
ichitect of theP
993 peace accord Peres
etween Rabin and Palestine Libera-
ion Organization Chairman Yasser
krafat.
Peres is vowing to continue making
eace with the Palestinians, and Rabin's
abor Party is certain to try to turn the
rational tragedy into a rallying cry for
ushing forward with peace.
Opposition leader . Benjamin

Netanyahu, Rabin's fiercest critic, said
he would not vote against any govern-
ment Peres presents to Parliament. "In
a democracy governments are replaced
through elections, not by murder,"
Netanyahu said.
Elections are scheduled for October
1996, but Peres may move up the vote
to broaden public support for negotiat-
ing additional agreements with the Pal-
estinians,Syria and Lebanon.
Peres allowed a glimpse of the diffi-
cult task ahead, saying yesterday that
"worry is eating my heart" over having
to tackle peacemaking without his close
ally, Rabin.
"I know exactly what we are facing,"
a bleary-eyed Peres said. "This is the
time ... for getting the country out of
the cycle of wars, to get the Jewish
people away from their past and grant
them a new future.F
"I am not an opponent of the peace
process," Netanyahu said. "We have
different conceptions of peace."
So the long-term prospects for peace
are not so clear. The 27-year-old al-
leged assassin, Yigal Amir, also repre-
sented a large segment of the popula-
tion - nearly half, by some polls -
See PEACE, Page 7A

extremist fringe,
told interrogators
he wanted to stop
Rabin's peace poli-
cies. He reportedly
said his actions
were based on rab-
binical rulings that
permit Jews to kill
people who gave Amir
away parts of the
biblical Land of Israel.
"There were many writings on the
wall, but still we felt this could not
happen to us," said Chaim Ramon, chief
of the powerful Histadrut Trade Union
Federation,
Rabin's death raised immediate ques-
tions about the future of Middle East
peacemaking, especially the Israel-PLO
autonomy agreement on the withdrawal
of Israeli troops from most West Bank
towns and villages by the end of the
year.
Some delays were possible as Rabin's
successor, Shimon Peres, puts together
a caretaker government.
Born in Jerusalem in 1922, Rabin
was the nation's first native-born prime
minister and at the center of its history
for more than 50 years. He joined the
elite Palmach unit of the Haganah Jew-
ish underground in Palestine, and fought
in the siege of Jerusalem during the
1948 war.
He was the military chief of staff
when Israel defeated three Arab armies
in the 1967 Mideast war, Israel's am-
bassador to the United States, prime
minister in the 1970s, and defense min-
ister in the 1980s.

See REACTION, Page 7A

Dubbed "Mr. Security,";Rabin was
the one politician Israelis trusted enough
to take the risks involved along the
rocky path toward peace.
But the political climate had turned
unprecedentedly venomous in recent
months, and Rabin personally had be-
come the target of increasing vitriol by
Israel's right wing, which called him a
traitor and compared him to a Nazi.
Tens of thousands stood silently yes-
terday at the site of the assassination. A
sea of memorial candles, bouquets,
handwritten prayers and Rabin photo-
graphs covered the spot where the prime
minister was shot. A sign in Hebrew
read, "Why?"
"Rabin was looking to the future. He
was looking out for us, the younger
generation," said Amir Shavir, an 18-
year-old from Tel Aviv. "They killed
him. They killed my hope."

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin (left) sings a peace song during the peace
rally in Tel Aviv on Saturday, moments before he was shot to death.

law prof., panel debate
women's human rights

Croatian head defies pledge,
gives ult!matumon land

By Heather Miller
Daily Staff Reporter
Activists, including University Law Prof.
Catharine MacKinnon, gathered Saturday at the
Law School to discuss women's human rights
worldwide at a symposium hosted by the Women
Law Students Association.
Many of the panelists attended the United
Nation's Fourth World Conference on Women
and the Non-Governmental Organizations Forum
eld in China recently

"If we stop and say this is very bad for another
decade, this is a problem," said Dorota Gierycz,
who works in the United Nation's Department of
Policy Coordination and Sustainable Develop-
ment.
MacKinnon spoke at the symposium on rape as
genocide in war and peace. MacKinnon is cur-
rently representing, free of charge, Croatian and
Muslim women and children "victimized by
Serbian genocidal sexual atrocities."
"All i inot fair in love and war" MacKinnon

Tudjman
tells Serbs
to pull out
of Eastern
Slavonia in
25 days

Los Angeles Times
BELGRADE, Yugoslavia-Backing
away from a pledge he made at the Ohio
peace talks, Croatian President Franjo
Tudjman is threatening to use force to
take the last piece of Serb-held land in
Croatia if the matter is not resolved in
25 days.
Tudjman also announced he would
not renew the United Nations' mandate

peaceful solution to the Eastern Slavonia
dispute.
But returning home to Zagreb over
the weekend, Tudjman set a Nov. 30
deadline for Serbs to sign an agreement
restoring Croatian authority over the
fertile, oil-rich strip.
"There will be no extension,"
Tudjman said. "We favor a peaceful
solution, but it cannot be delayed be-

Vukovar is the heavily destroyed city
in Eastern Slavonia, now held by the
Serbs, that has become a highly emo-
tional symbol of resistance for both the
Croats and Serbs.
Tudjman's new ultimatum clearly
steps up pressure on the Serbs, who are
insisting that international monitory
supervise any shift of Eastern Slavoni
back to Croatian control. Croatia forcef

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