Australia’s first ever exhibition to commemorate the life and legacy of Yitzhak Rabin

November 4, 2020 by J-Wire News Service
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For the first time in Australia an exhibition titled UNITY, will commemorate the life and legacy of the late Israeli Prime Minister and Nobel Prize peacemaker Yitzhak Rabin will be launched tonight at the B’nai B’rith centre in Sydney.

Yitzhak Rabin

Rabin’s accomplished career as an innate leader took him from a military soldier to a Noble Peace Prize recipient. After decades defending his country with military force, Rabin later devoted his political life to pursuing peace negotiations to benefit the people of Israel.

He was a proclaimed ‘solider in the army of peace’. US President Bill Clinton says that if Rabin lived, the world would be a different place and Rabin’s belief in negotiation over force delivered a golden era of Israeli/Arab relations during his second tenure as Prime Minister.

This important educational landmark exhibition, curated by Alexandra Hillman, will feature an exclusive collection of photography and recordings from the Rabin Centre Tel Aviv and will open on the anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s tragic assassination on 4th November for a duration of six months.

Unity features rare photography from the Rabin centre in Tel Aviv, exclusive video content and excerpts of eulogies from world leaders including Bill Clinton, King Hussein and Hosni Mubarak. The exhibition will take visitors through the extraordinary life of Yitzhak Rabin and his profound legacy of democracy, leadership and monumental global peace efforts.

President Bill Clinton fixing Rabin’s bow tie at their last meeting. Avi Ohayon, The National Photo Collection of Israel, Government Press Office. Images courtesy of Israeli government photo archive unityexhibition.com

“Unity aims to educate visitors about the history of Israel’s former prime minister and his influence on the nation as he evolved from war veteran to leading peace negotiator. As visitors explore the exhibition, they will be encouraged to connect to the values that Rabin stood for such as democracy, leadership, unity and above all, peace,’ explains critically acclaimed curator Alexandra Hillman.

“The opening of Unity on the anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin’s tragic assassination is a rare opportunity for visitors to learn of his courageous leadership and pursuit of democracy that will continue to influence the generations of today,” says philanthropist Eitan Neishlos, a sponsor of the exhibition.

Rabin kissed by civilians after the June 1967 victory, courtesy IDF and Defense Establishment Archives. Images courtesy of Israeli government photo archive unityexhibition.com

“The exhibition will symbolize the special bond between Australia and Israel, two countries, even though far away from each other both pursuing peace, supporting human rights and emphasizing the sanctity of life, the important legacies of Rabin,” says Ron Gerstenfeld, Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel, Canberra.

UNITY will be open by appointment only and will also feature an accompanying programme of lectures and private tours.

The event will be broadcast this evening between 6.30pm – 7.00pm AEDT on facebook.com/BnaiBrithNSW

Student and adult groups are welcome to tour the exhibition. Call Jenny Mandel at B’nai B’rith to arrange the visit: (02) 9321 6300.

The handshake with Yasser Arafat on the White House lawn. Avi Ohayon, The National Photo Collection of Israel, Government Press Office. Images courtesy of Israeli government photo archive unityexhibition.com

 

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