Daily Israel Report

10 Years Later: Kahane Couple to be Remembered

Memorial ceremony to be held in Jerusalem for Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev and Talya Kahane, murdered by terrorists in 2000. They left six young orphans.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/13/2010, 5:12 AM

Ten years after their tragic death by Arab terrorists, a memorial will be held  in Jerusalem on Monday for Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane and his wife Talya.

The couple was killed in December of 2000 when Arab terrorists fired at their vehicle south of the Samarian community of Ofra, as they were driving from Jerusalem to their home in Kfar Tapuach. Just minutes before the attack the couple dropped off their 9-year-old son in Beit El where he attended school. Rabbi Kahane was fatally shot and lost control of the car which overturned. Talya was critically wounded and died in the ambulance en route to Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem. The couple's five daughters, who were also in the car, were wounded by the terrorists.

One of the murderers was Khaled Shawish, a senior commander in the Al-Aksa Martyrs Brigades terrorist organization, sponsored by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction. He was caught more than three years ago by Israeli forces in Ramallah.

Rabbi Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane was born in New York and immigrated to Israel with his family in 1971. He was the son of Rabbi Meir Kahane, who founded the Kach movement and who was himself murdered by an Arab gunman in New York in November 1990. After his father’s death, Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane headed the “Kahane Chai” (Kahane Lives) movement which he established to continue his father's legacy.

Binyamin and Talia Kahane were buried in Jerusalem. Their six children are being raised by Talya's younger sister and her husband in Kfar Tapuach.

On Monday evening, a special memorial to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the murders will be held at the Heichal David Hall in Jerusalem. There will be both a Hebrew and English segment. The Hebrew part, which will begin at 6:00pm, will feature speakers including Rabbi Yitzchak Shapira, head of the Od Yosef Chai yeshiva in Yitzhar and author of the book Torat Hamelech, and MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union). There will be also a musical production by popular Israeli singer Ariel Zilber.

Yekutiel Ben-Yaakov, a close associate of the late Rabbi Binyamin Kahane, announced that he will be breaking ten years of silence at the event in order to "reveal painful facts that have yet to be published concerning the murder of the former leader of Kahane Chai" - including who might have been behind it.

The English segment will commence at 9:00pm and will feature Torah thoughts by Rabbi Kahane’s students as well as a musical production by Yerachmiel Ziegler and Ron Wiseman, featuring songs they composed in memory of Rabbi Kahane.

Further information can be obtained and reservations can be made at 050-2393819.