Kach to petition for re-legalization

Outlawed group's members begin publicity campaign to attact supporters.

david haivri kahane 298 (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
david haivri kahane 298
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
The ultra-nationalist Kach party, designated a terror organization and outlawed 18 years ago, intends to petition the High Court of Justice to reinstate its legal status and allow its members to run for the Knesset, Army Radio revealed Thursday. Rabbi Meir Kahane, the movement's founder, was a militant proponent of forcing Israel's Arab population to leave the country. Kahane was slain in New York in 1990, and his son and ideological heir, Binyamin Ze'ev, was shot and killed by terrorists in 2001. Many supporters of Kach and its offshoot Kahane Hai have founded extreme nationalist movements of their own. Kach supporter Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov of Kfar Tapuah - a far-right stronghold in the West Bank - was one of the architects of the Judean Initiative - a proposal for an autonomous Jewish state between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. The group's working assumption is that the state of Israel is an irreparable failure. The only option is to start again from scratch, establishing a Davidic monarchy. Baruch Marzel's Jewish National Front is also affiliated with the banned Kach movement. Recently, Kach members have spray-painted the group's well-known slogan "Kahane was right" on walls throughout the country. In the next few days, the group will begin distributing stickers bearing the same motto. Kach members hope that the publicity campaign will prove effective and attract new supporters.