Rector of Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Miriam Faust, has summoned Dr. Mordechai Kedar to the Disciplinary Committee following his remarks at a demonstration in Petah Tikva in which he claimed that convicted assassin Yigal Amir was not actually responsible for the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
Earlier, the administration announced that it had dropped Kedar from a planned trip to South America, where he was to have represented the university at an academic conference.
“The Bar-Ilan University administration strongly condemns Dr. Kedar’s comments,” the university said in a statement. “The things he said were said on his own accord, and in no way represent the university or its members. We believe that there is no place for these kinds of statements in Israeli society.”
Later, Bar-Ilan added that Dr. Kedar would not be permitted to speak on the university’s behalf and that he had been dropped from a planned trip to South America.
At a pro-Netanyahu rally Tuesday evening, Kedar claimed that Rabin had been the victim of a political conspiracy, and that Amir was not the actual assassin.
Kedar, who is a professor at Bar-Ilan University — where Amir was a law student — addressed a rally in support of Netanyahu in the central city of Petah Tikvah on Tuesday night.
“From here, I call to remove the deceitful ‘top secret’ title from the documents that don’t line up with the theory that the right murdered Rabin. It is about time. For 24 years the right has been tarnished, my Bar-Ilan University has been tarnished, we have all been tarnished,” he said.
“Rabin’s murderer was a man with the initials Y.R. – not Yitzhak Rabin. Y.R. The person behind this was, apparently, a leading politician who wanted to eliminate Yitzhak Rabin because he wanted to ditch the Oslo Accords.”
The Left had then turned the assassination into a political weapon against the Right for something “Yigal Amir might not have done”.
“Why is he sitting in solitary confinement? So that he won’t tell people the truth,” continued Kedar, before calling for a “real investigation” into Rabin’s assassination.
While the State of Israel’s Shamgar Commission, and the trial of Yigal Amir both found the then-25-year-old Bar-Ilan University law student responsible for the killing, numerous conspiracy theories have been promoted over the years suggesting that Amir may not have been the actual murderer.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday rejected claims by Bar-Ilan professor Mordechai Kedar that convicted assassin Yigal Amir was not responsible for the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
“The Prime Minister condemns the nonsense said in regard to Yigal Amir, the murderer of Yitzhak Rabin,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement Wednesday.
Mordechai Kedar was born in Tel Aviv. He is a Religious Zionist and an expert in Israeli Arab culture. He served for 25 years in IDF Military Intelligence, where he specialized in Islamic groups, the political discourse of Arab countries, the Arabic press and mass media, and the Syrian domestic arena.
He holds a Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University. He is fluent in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. He is described as “one of the few Arabic-speaking Israeli pundits seen on Arabic satellite channels defending Israel”.
Note: ”The details and contradictions pointed out in a book by Barry Chamish make it clear that it was not Yigal Amir who killed Rabin and that there was a huge cover-up. The Y.R. in theis article is probably Rabin’s bodyguard”.
Source: Arutz Sheva