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Poor turnout at Knesset ceremony for slain minister

There was a poor turnout at the Knesset today for a ceremony to mark 15 years since the killing of minister Rehavam Ze’evi.

Only a few dozen lawmakers and members of Zeevi’s family attend this ceremony.

Commemorations for Ze’evi, also known as Gandhi, have been marred by a recent investigative TV report detailing severe allegations — including anonymous testimony by a female soldier who said she was raped by Ze’evi while he was an IDF general.

The program said a number of senior officers were aware of the incident and helped Ze’evi hide his crime. Numerous other women were also quoted alleging intimidation and harassment at the hands of Ze’evi.

Tourism minister Rehavam Ze'evi, assassinated by the PFLP in 2001 (photo credit: Flash90)
Slain tourism minister Rehavam Ze’evi, assassinated by the PFLP in 2001. (Flash90)

Speaking at the Knesset ceremony, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu echoes his comments from a memorial ceremony earlier in the day.

“There is a need to act with great caution,” Netanyahu says of Ze’evi’s reputation. “Particularly when a person is not there to defend themselves.”

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