Right-wing activists participate in Kahane memorial service

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November 6, 2009 07:44


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Several hundred right-wing activists participated in a memorial service for the late ultra-nationalist orthodox rabbi Meir Kahane Thursday night, marking 19 years since his death. Among the participants were Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, as well as MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union). Kahane was an American-Israeli rabbi known for political and religious views including proposing emergency Jewish mass-aliya and advocating replacing Israel's democracy with a state based on Jewish law. He also proposed the creation of a 'Greater Israel' by annexing the West Bank and Gaza, paying Arabs to leave voluntarily and forcibly removing those who would not submit. He was the founder of the Kach party, and was an MK from 1984 until his party was declared racist and banned from the Knesset in 1988. In 1994, after one of Kahane's supporters was implicated in the Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in Hebron, Kach was declared a terrorist organization and outlawed altogether. Kahane was assassinated in New York on November 5, 1990 by an Egyptian-American who was later proved to be a member of the same al-Qaida network that carried out the first terror attack on the World Trade Center.

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