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Name "Kach" Derived from Jabotinsky Slogan
  • "Kach" in Hebrew is best translated as "thus," from Vladimir Jabotinsky's slogan, "And thus!" meaning with violence. (Arab and Jew, p. 96)
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Rabbi Meir Kahane Founds JDL in New York City 1968
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Hundreds of Brooklyn Orthodox Jews Join Kahane
  • When it was founded, hundreds of Orthodox Jews from Brooklyn signed up almost immediately for the organization.
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JDL Actively Stages Demonstrations Outside Arab Embassies in US
  • By 1972, the organization had over 15,000 members.
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Bombing of Aeroflot Offices in Manhattan November 29, 1970
  • On 29 November 1970, a bomb exploded outside the Manhattan offices of the Soviet airline, Aeroflot.
  • An anonymous caller to the Associated Press claimed responsibility and used the JDL slogan Never again!.
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Bombing of Soviet Cultural Center in Washington DC, January 8, 1971
  • Another bomb attack, on January 8, 1971 outside of the Soviet cultural center in Washington, D.C., was followed by a similar phone call, including the JDL slogan.
  • A JDL spokesperson denied JDL involvement in the bombing, but refused to condemn it.
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Soviet Trade Office Bombed, 1971
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Rifle Shots at United Nations, Soviet Offices in New York City 1971
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Bombing of Soviet Opera Impresario in Manhattan Office 1972
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Leaflets Calling for Trial of Mayor of Hebron (Over 1929 Massacre) 1972
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JDL Membership Surges to Over 15,000
  • By 1972, the organization had over 15,000 members.
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Foiled Bomb Plot Targeting Long Island Residence of Soviet UN Ambassador New York City 1972
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Yom Kippur War
1973
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Meir Kahane Found Guilty of Terrorism in 1975, One Year Sentence
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Former Irgun Terrorist Menachem Begin Elected Israeli Prime Minister, 1977
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Prime Minister Begin Kneels Before Rabbi Kook, Kissing his Hand, circa 1977
  • When Begin was chosen as Prime Minister he came to visit Tzvi Yehuda.
  • He came as if to Canossa, as if this man, Tzvi Yehuda, was God's respresentative.
  • Suddenly the Prime Minister kneels and bows before Tzvi Yehuda.
  • Imagine for yourself what all the students standing there and watching this surrealistic scene were thinking.
  • I'll never forget it. I felt that my heart was bursting within me.
  • What greater empirical proof could there be that his [Kook's - ed] fantasies and imaginings were indeed reality?

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JDL Member Irv Rubin Offers $500 for Killing or Injuring Member of American Nazi Party, November 16, 1978
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Car Bomb Attack on Muslim Mayors of Nablus and Ramallah
May 1980
  • The Gush Emunim Underground also carried out car bomb attacks against Palestinian officials.
  • As a result of these attacks, Bassam Shakaa, the mayor of Nablus lost both of his legs and Karim Khalaf, the mayor of Ramallah lost one of his legs.
  • The bombings (Mayor Karim Khalef of Ramallah was also seriously injured; both were subsequently dismissed by the Milson administration) were praised in the journal Nekudah, of the religious West Bank settlers, and the spokesman for American Rabbi Kahane;s Kach party announced at a press conference that they were in retaliation for the murder of Israeli settlers in Hebron a few weeks earlier. (The Fateful Triangle, p. 57)

 

Attempted Bombing of Dome of the Rock with Meir Kahane's Kach Organization
May 1980
  • In May 1980 the police uncovered a plot to blow up the el-Aksa Mosque.
  • A large cache of explosives was discovered on the roof of a yeshiva in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • The conspirators were two soldiers with links to Kach and to Gush Emunim.
  • Roni Milo, a leading Herut politician, defended them at their trial.
  • It was at this time that Meir Kahane and one of his lieutenants were arrested and held for six months in administrative detention.
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Egyptian Tourist Office at Rockefeller Center Firebombed Twice, October 26, 1981
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UN Security Council Resolution to Reinstate Injured Mayors Vetoed by US
April 2, 1982
  • The US veto of an April 2, 1982 Security Council resolution calling on Israel to reinstate the ousted elected mayors Bassam Shak'a of Nablus , Karim Khalef of Ramallah, and Ibrahim Tawil of El Bireh, recent targetrs of terrorist attack. The US, which stood alone in voting against the resolution (Zaire abstained), regarded it as "one-sided". (The Fateful Triangle, p. 114)
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Kahane's Organization Routinely Intimidates Arabs, with One Choice: Leave!
  • Settlement projects are being carried out across the spectrum: by the construction company of the Histadrut Labor Union (Solel Boneh), religious groups, Rabbi Kahane's followers who "tell the Arabs that they must get out of here," an so on. (The Fateful Triangle, p. 116)
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Assassination of Two Palestinians in Rome, Possible Links to Kahane
June 1982
  • The same might be asked about the assassination of two Palestinians in Rome by a group called the "Jewish Armed Resistance," which appears to have been in contact with the Jewish Defense League, whose leader calls for the expulsion of Arabs from the Land of Israel when he is not beating and shooting a them as part of his regular army service on the West Bank - but in this case, the question was not raised in the United States, in accordance with the normal double standard. (The Fateful Triangle, p. 198)
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Stern Gang's Shamir

 

Yitzhak Shamir Elected Israeli Prime Minister, Defeating Shimon Peres
October 10, 1983
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Soviet Diplomat's Car Firebombed, 1984
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Failed Bombing of the Dome of the Rock April 27, 1984
  • The group was also known for masterminding a failed attempt at destroying the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Shin Bet agents arrested the members during an attempted bus bombing in 1984 and during interrogation discovered the group's plot to blow up the pillars of the Dome of the Rock.
  • Details of this conspiracy were uncovered after the arrest, on April 27, 1984, of twenty-five Gush activists, mostly West Bank settlers, who were charged in connection with the placement of bombs under five Arab buses. The police had thwarted the bombings at the last minute. During the interrogation and trial of the accused, their responsibility for the attacks on the Arab mayors and the Islamic College was established. Several among this group were also charged and convicted in connection with the 1978-1982 plot to destroy the Temple Mount.

 

Fellow JDL Member's Car Firebombed, 1985
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Bombing of American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Offices, October 11, 1985
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Pipe Bomb Placed in Automobile of Fellow JDL Member, 1986
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JDL Intimidation Campaign, graffiti saying "Gas the Arabs"

First Tear Gas Grenade Attack of 1986
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Bombing of Hall Where Soviet State Symphony Performing, 1986
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Second Tear Gas Grenade Attack of 1986
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FBI Reports Israel Interfering with Investigation into Jewish Defense League 1987
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Meir Kahane Assassinated in New York City, November 5, 1990
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Grenade Attack in Jerusalem's Old City, Likely Linked to JDL 1993 or 1994
  • Following both parties noting their support of a grenade attack in Jerusalem's Old City, government minister Amnon Rubinstein asked the Attorney General to launch criminal proceedings against both Kahane and Marzel on the charges of incitement to terrorism.
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Oslo Accords Signed
September 13, 1993
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Baruch Goldstein Kills Worshippers at Hebron Mosque, February 25, 1994
  • On 25 February 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a charter member of the JDL, opened fire on Palestinian Muslims kneeling in prayer at mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron, killing 29. On its website, the JDL writes "we are not ashamed to say that Goldstein was a charter member of the Jewish Defense League."
  • The process of withdrawal was rudely shaken on 25 February 1994 when Dr. Baruch Goldstein, an American-born settler and member of the racist party Kach, opened fire with an IDF-issued Galil assault rifle on Muslim worshippers in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing twenty-nine before being bludgeoned to death by the survivors. (The Iron Wall, 524-525)
  • A preliminary report by a commission of inquiry appointed by the government revealed monumental incompetence and systemic failure to enforce the law against armed Jewish settlers on the part of the Israeli security forces. (The Iron Wall, 524-525)
  • But the Hebron massacre also revealed that the Israeli concept of security in the occupied territories was basically flawed because it catered only to Jews while ignoring the needs of the Palestinian inhabitants. Israeli settlers had the army, the police, and the border police to protect them, as well as being heavily armed themselves. The Palestinian inhabitants of the occupied territories, on the other hand, were left to the tender mercies of the settlers and the Israeli security services. (The Iron Wall, 524-525)

 

Rabin Denounces Goldstein's Massacre, Calls Him an "Errant Weed" and "Sensible Judaism Spits You Out"
1994
  • After Goldstein's butchery, Yitzhak Rabin spoke before the Knesset but addressed his remarks to violent Jewish settlers like Goldstein: "[You] are not part of the community of Israel....You are not partners in the Zionist enterprise. You are a foreign implant. You are an errant weed. Sensible Judaism spits you out." (To Rule Jerusalem, p. 493)
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Ehud Barak Called Goldstein a "Lunatic Settler"
1994
  • General Ehud Barak, now Israel's prime minister and at that time Israel's chief of staff, dismissed Goldstein as a "lunatic settler." (To Rule Jerusalem, p. 493)
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Rabin Outlaws Kach and Kahane Chai
March 1994
  • After the Hebron massacre, his government outlawed the racist parties Kach and Kahane Chai and jailed some of their activists. But he and his security services apparently remained unprepared for violence from others on the extreme edge of the religious right, at least they were unprepared for violence against Jews. (The Iron Wall, p. 550)
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Yigal Amir Assassinates Israeli Yitzhak Rabin
November 4, 1995
  • Yigal Amir, who assassinated Yitzhak Rabin in 1995 was a member of Eyal (the Jewish Fighting Organization), linked to Kach and Kahane Chai and established and headed by Avishai Raviv (a paid government informant).
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Rabbi: "Suicide During Wartime is Acceptable"
  • ...the call from an extremist rabbi in April 1997 for Jews to emulate Hamas and launch suicide attacks of their own against Arabs. "Suicide during wartime is permissible for the sake of the victory of Israel," wrote the rabbi from the West Bank settlement of Tapuah, advocating Jewish self-martyrdom in an article titled "Sacrificing Oneself for God." "A man who volunteers for such operations," he proclaimed, "will be called a hero and a martyr." (Inside Terrorism, p. 101)
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Foiled Attack on King Fahd Mosque in Culver City, California 2001
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Foiled Attack on Arab-American Congressman Darrell Isa, December 12, 2001
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JDL Leader Irv Rubin

 

JDL Leader Irv Rubin Falls 18 Feet Off Building Into Concrete, Dies 10 Days Later
November 13, 2002
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Earl Krugel sentenced to 20 years

JDL Leader Earl Krugel Imprisoned, February, 2003
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Inmates Kill JDL Leader Earl Krugel, November 4, 2005
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