Teacher probed over photo of Rabin’s killer on kindergarten wall
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Teacher probed over photo of Rabin’s killer on kindergarten wall

Child included the image in a collage; Education Ministry summons educator, who reportedly says she didn't recognize assassin's picture, for disciplinary hearing

Yigal Amir, the assassin of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, during a court hearing in 2004. (photo credit: Flash90)
Yigal Amir, the assassin of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin, during a court hearing in 2004. (photo credit: Flash90)

The Education Ministry on Tuesday was investigating a kindergarten teacher from central Israel who allowed a photo of Yigal Amir — the assassin of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 — to be placed on the classroom wall.

The picture at a Givatayim school was part of an art project the children were working on, using newspaper clippings. One student included the photo of Amir in the collage, and the teacher did not remove it.

The decision to launch an investigation came after several parents complained to the Givatayim municipality and the Education Ministry.

The case was described by the Education Ministry as a “serious incident.” The teacher, who has not been named, was summoned to a disciplinary hearing.

Channel 2 reported later Tuesday that the teacher said she did not recognize the photo as that of Rabin’s assassin.

From the moment a student’s mother complained about the photo, “the project was immediately taken down from the wall and the incident was handed over to the Education Ministry — the formal employer of the kindergarten teacher — for serious disciplinary action,” the Givatayim municipality said in a statement.

Amir, now 44, is serving a life sentence for the murder of Rabin and remains in solitary confinement.

Rabin served as Israel’s chief of staff during the Six Day War in 1967. He was later ambassador to the US, defense minister and twice prime minister.

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