During a memorial service in Jerusalem marking the twentieth anniversary of the assassination of Jewish Defense League founder, Rabbi Meir Kahane by an Egyptian Arab, right wing Jewish leaders say, “If a Palestinian state is established, we will destroy it.”
YNET NEWS Hundreds of Land of Israel Movement activists and supporters of the radical movement Kach held a memorialservice on Tuesday to mark 20 years since Rabbi Meir Kahane’s assassination.
The founder of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, said during the assembly: “Leaders who have ruined our country always tell us that no one can teach them how to love Israel. But this love they are referring to makes them establish a Palestinian state in Israel. If, G-d forbid, a Palestinian state will be built, we will destroy it.”
The crowd kept cheering him on enthusiastically.
JVL Meir David Kahane was born in Brooklyn, NY, on August 1, 1932. That the same man can be referred to as both a “visionary hero of the Jewish people” and as a “criminal racist,” testifies to the controversial nature of Rabbi Meir Kahane, his followers, and the various organizations that he founded.
His life’s work, however, started in 1968, when he founded the Jewish Defense League (JDL). Kahane saw many of the poor and elderly Jews living in the inner-city being targeted by criminals; as a result, he set out to change the image of the Jew from “weak and vulnerable” to one of a “mighty fighter, who strikes back fiercely against tyrants.”
The JDL’s controversial methods, which frequently included the threat of, or actual violence, greatly exacerbated the Black-Jewish tension already present in New York City. The JDL also focused on the plight of Soviet Jewry, and coined the phrases “Never again,” and “every Jew a .22” to emphasize that Jews would no longer passively ignore the plight of their foreign brethren.
Kahane and his family moved to Israel in 1971, where he founded the militantly anti-Arab Kach party. The party’s platform called for the anexation of all conquered territories and the forcible removal of all Palestinians.
Kahane was finally elected to the Israeli Knesset in 1984. His movement continued to grow until,
prior to the 1988 Knesset elections, the Kach party was banned from running by a Labor–Likud coalition. The ban was based on an amendment added to Israel’s Basic Law that disqualified any candidate whose platform included “incitment to racism.”
Two years later, Kahane was assassinated in New York City by an Egyptian militant, who was acquitted of the crime on a technicality, but later convicted in relation to the World Trade Center bombing.
Listen to this ‘Open Letter to the World’ from Meir Kahane and think how much better things would be in Israel now if he were prime minister.