Last updated: 10 February, 2013

Rally honours Israeli peace activist

Over a hundred people gathered in Jerusalem on Sunday to honour the memory of an Israeli peace activist who was murdered by a right-wing extremist at a demonstration exactly 30 years ago.

Emil Grunzweig, a teacher and activist, was killed by a grenade hurled by right-wing extremist Yona Avrushmi, during a demonstration organised by Peace Now movement against Israel’s war in Lebanon.

Sunday’s demonstration took place outside the prime minister’s office, where the original protest was also staged.

Yariv Oppenheimer, head of Peace Now which organised the anniversary rally, told AFP that many of the participants had also taken part in the original demonstration.

“The incitement, de-legitimisation and silencing of Peace Now and left-wing organisations that criticise the government’s actions continues,” said head of the leftwing Meretz party Zehava Galon, who participated in the rally.

In a letter to the Grunzweig family, President Shimon Peres said that three decades on, the “reverberations of the despicable murder” continued to warn where “wild incitement and lack of tolerance leads.”

Grunzwieg, born in 1947, was from a family of Czechoslovakian Holocaust survivors.