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  חשון 19, 5768 , 31/10/07

17th Memorial Ceremony for Rabbi Meir Kahane

Activists held the 17th annual memorial ceremony for Rabbi Meir Kahane in the “Heichal David” hall in Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.  Several prominent Land of Israel activists attended the event, including Baruch Marzel, Noam Federman, and Itamar Ben-Gvir. 

Rabbi Kahane was born and raised in New York City, where he created the Jewish Defense League, a group promoting armed defense against attacks on the Jewish community, and fought for the right of Soviet Jews to leave the USSR.  In 1971 he made aliyah (immigrated) to Israel, where he founded the “Kach” party and was elected to the Knesset.  His party, which called for Israel to be run according to halacha (Jewish law) and for all non-Jews not loyal to Israel to be transferred to other countries, was banned as “racist” in 1986, shortly after polls showed Kach gaining several mandates in the next elections.

Rabbi Kahane was murdered by a Muslim terrorist in 1990, shortly after giving a speech in the Marriot Hotel in New York City.  In his final speech, he called on American Jews to make aliyah to Israel, warning that a change in circumstances in the US could lead to anti-Semitic attacks.



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