Rabin Square, Tel Aviv
Rabin Square is Israel’s largest open public space, located in the center of Tel Aviv, adjacent to the municipality offices. The plaza was originally called "Kings of Israel Square"; the name only changed in 1995.On the eve of November 4, 1995 Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin addressed a massive crowd, stressing the need for Israel to live in peace with its neighbors. As he exited the stage following his last remarks, he was shot at by an rextreme activist who was opposed to the Oslo Accords. In the nearby Ichilov hospital, Rabin quickly succumbed to his wounds.Today, at the site of the murder, you will see a memorial consisting of several large stones. Next to where the stones sit, is a gray wall in which graffiti messages sprayed after Rabin’s death remain to this day. A short walk to the other side of the square will reveal a manmade fish pond, greenery and many comfortable chairs and benches.
Prior to the assassination, the square hosted many political rallies and concerts.Today the square is still used for political rallies, memorial ceremonies, public events and Tel Aviv’s annual Hebrew Book Fair.