JERUSALEM, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- Some 15,000 people gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening to mark the 17th anniversary of the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The rally, organized by a broad coalition of youth movements and social organizations, took place at Tel Aviv's Rabin square where the former prime minister was murdered 17 years ago.
Poet Haim Gouri and youth movement leader Dan Hirschberg were among those who delivered a speech at the rally.
Gouri said that "an evil wind" is still blowing in Israel, that allows "price tag" vandals to roam free, according to the Ha'aretz daily. The term "Price-tag" refers to attacks and acts of vandalism by Jewish settlers against Palestinians and other targets, mainly in the West Bank.
"We must oppose any manifestation of violence from right or left," Hirschberg was quoted as addressing the audience, "against 'price tag' perpetrators and anarchists against those hurling stones at IDF soldiers, against those burning mosques and against those who incite violence between the people living here."
Though not invited to speak at the event, Labor party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich told reporters on Saturday that the rally is "a direct continuation" of Rabin's legacy, which included "the pursuit of peace, of Zionism, of social aspects and of the attempt to bridge between different groups."
Rabin was assassinated on Nov. 4, 1995 by Jewish extremist Yigal Amir when he left a rally in support of the peace process in Tel Aviv.