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November 9: Kristallnacht

The Nazis inaugurated the two-day rampage against Jews, Jewish businesses and homes, and synagogues known as Kristallnacht (The Night of the Broken Glass) in Germany, Austria, and the occupied part of Czechoslovakia on this date in 1938. The trigger was the November 7th assassination of Ernst von Rath, a German embassy official stationed in Paris, […]

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The Assassination

The Murder of Rabin, the Murder of Optimism by Sarah Kreimer And I will establish my covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant. And I will give to thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land in which thou dost sojourn: all the land […]

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October 6: Sadat’s Assassination

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated on this date in 1981, the eighth anniversary of the 1973 war that was known in Israel as the Yom Kippur War. His assassins were members of Islamic Jihad, and their motivation was Sadat’s signing of a peace agreement with Israel in 1978, for which both he and Israeli […]

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June 30: Jacob Israel de Haan

Jacob Israel de Haan, a gay Dutch poet and journalist, was assassinated at age 42 by a member of the Haganah on this date in 1924, five years after he had settled in Palestine. De Haan was opposed to Zionist nationalism and became an international spokesman for Orthodox Jewish sects that shared his opposition on […]

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September 21: In Memoriam, Ronni Moffitt

Orlando Letelier, a Chilean diplomat associated with the deposed socialist President Salvador Allende, was assassinated by agents of General Augusto Pinochet in a car-bombing in Washington, DC on this date in 1976. With him died Ronni Moffitt, his 25-year-old American assistant (her husband of four months was also in the car but survived the blast). […]

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November 4: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

The sitting prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated on this date in 1995. The murderer was Yigal Amir, a rightwinger opposed to the Oslo Peace Accords, which Rabin, a lifetime warrior, had signed in 1994 with his enemy, PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Rabin was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Tel Aviv. […]

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February 10: Emil Grunzweig

Emil Grunzweig, an Israeli teacher and peace activist, was killed in Jerusalem on this date in 1983 by a grenade thrown by a rightwing militant seeking to disrupt a Peace Now rally against the war in Lebanon. Grunzweig was the son of a Romanian Holocaust survivor, a paratrooper in the Six-Day War, and a reserve […]

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