Yitzhak Rabin Strasse

8 09 2007

As we were walking along the 17th June Street towards the Brandenburg Gate, we came across a familiar name on one of the street signs – Yitzhak Rabin, our former prime minister, who was assassinated on November 4th, 1995. I was there, in the demonstration after which he was shot by Yigal Amir, the disgusting fanatical extreme right winged law student, may he burn in hell (if only we Jews believed in hell, that is). It was a great national trauma, and afterwards things have started to go downhill, and never recovered. So I was both glad and sad to see his name there.

Yitzhak Rabin Street. A closer look.


Afterwards, I read about the street naming event, which took place in April 2004, during some kind of conference against anti-Semitism. The only problem was that the street was named after Rabin by the former president, Moshe Katsav, now a suspect in a series of sexual harassment incidents. How embarrassing, I’d say. Anyway, this same Katsav (I sure hope he behaved better abroad…), came back a year later and named a street after the first Prime Minister of Israel and practically the founding father of our state, David Ben-Gurion (the Ben-Gurion street is the continuation of Yitzhak Rabin Street).

Ben-Gurion Street.

Rabin and Ben-Gurion, although not free from criticism, were worthy men to name streets after. So just forget about the Katsav issue.

And this is a site for Rabin’s memory.


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5 responses to “Yitzhak Rabin Strasse”

8 09 2007
Yohay (03:00:42) :

From the first picture I can see that Rabin's street is quite close to Brandenburg gate. Berlin pays a big tribute to Rabin.

9 09 2007
Czech Daily (14:14:55) :

The only tricky part is that there are no buildings (I believe) so no home, no apartment and no institution writes Rabin's name in their address… BTW: went to Berlin yesterday, on a one-day trip from the Czech Republic…Love it, love it…

10 09 2007
yonit (01:17:31) :

We have enough Rabin institutions here. I just wish we would remember him more by his vision of peace and courage to implement it (and wonderful speech writers and moving oratory skills, and let's not forget he was one of the best looking politicians ever, even at older age), than by buildings with his name on them.

As for the street, I'm quite content with it. Maybe no one in Berlin can say "I live in Rabin Strasse", but it's close enough to major tourist attractions.

I'm looking forward to see all the pictures you promised in your blog.

28 09 2007
Norbert (16:13:19) :

> The only tricky part is that there are no buildings (I believe) so no
> home, no apartment and no institution writes Rabin's name in their
> address…

Hmm, point taken, the relatively new street, albeit highly frequented by cars, goes right through Tiergarten Park. But as far as I recall, the idea was to have both, the Governmental Quarter and the Shoa Memorial close to it. Plus, the street opens out into Ben-Gurion-Straße.

6 11 2009
screamerct (15:30:33) :

What’s up? Been reading for a while and just decided to write!

Umm so like does anyone know how to browse just about any site easily while at school?

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