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By Claude Lewis | November 13, 1990
I FELT SYMPATHY for Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was assassinated last week in a New York City hotel. While I understood his rage, I believed it would be his undoing.Like Malcolm X, a man I knew and loved, Kahane reached the very dangerous conclusion that no amount of moralizing or good will would change his "enemies." Kahane and Malcolm responded to their hatred by becoming haters. Each lost total faith in his enemy's capacity for change. When all hope is gone, one is left with very few options.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 5, 1997
KIRYAT ARBA, West Bank -- In this Israeli settlement above the troubled city of Hebron, a memorial praises Baruch K. Goldstein as a man "who gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and its land."Goldstein, an American-born Jewish settler wearing an Israeli Army uniform and carrying an army-issue rifle, opened fire on Arab worshipers in the Hebron mosque in February 1994.He shot to death 29 Muslim worshipers before enraged survivors killed him.It was one of the most horrible incidents in the cycle of Arab-Israeli violence that often expresses itself over Hebron.
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November 7, 1990
If Meir Kahane's death is avenged in blood as some of his followers have exhorted, the victory will be his assassin's.This troublesome rabbi operated on the fringes of Israeli public life as he had on the fringes of American life. He never spoke for Israel. Indeed, a law banning the racism on which he campaigned succeeded in its express purpose of driving his splinter party from the Knesset.And in this country, he never spoke for Judaism. No onappointed him to do so. Whoever was offended by what he said and the postures taken by his organization would have been wrong to attribute those views and postures to anyone else.
NEWS
December 7, 1990
Officials should live as we liveI think I've hit upon a way to make our local, state and federal officials more responsive to the needs of the people they were elected to serve. Make it mandatory that they live as we live.They'll have to take a pay cut, of course. Very few of us earn salaries as high as those the officials have given themselves.If they don't do a good enough job for us, or the economy dictates that cutbacks have to be made, they'll just have to find employment elsewhere. Those who keep their jobs will have to tighten their belts a little, of course.
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By Arthur Hertzberg | November 11, 1990
Meir Kahane's life and death are being dismissed with cliches. He incited violence, and he was its victim. He hated Arabs unto death, and the hatred was returned, to his death. "Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword."These assertions are true, if facile, but they do not plumb the meaning of Rabbi Kahane's life, or of his death last week by assassination in New York.Yes, he was personally nasty, without honor in his dealings even with supporters. His overt supporters both in the United States, where he began his public career as the founder of the Jewish Defense League in 1968, and in Israel, where he founded a political party of his own in the early 1970s, were few and from the fringe.
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By Michael Kelly and Michael Kelly,Special to the Sun | November 10, 1990
Because of erroneous information supplied by Israeli police, The Sun reported Saturday that police had arrested the great-grandson of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, David Axelrod, in connection with the killings of two Palestinians after the slaying of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York. The man detained by police, also named David Axelrod, is not related to Trotsky.JERUSALEM -- Police arrested the great-grandson of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and two other supporters of slain militant Rabbi Meir Kahane yesterday as suspects in the revenge killing of two elderly West Bank Arabs.
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By Joel Bainerman and Joel Bainerman,Joel Bainerman is on the editorial staff of the Jerusalem Post | November 17, 1990
THE NEWS reporting following Rabbi Meir Kahane's death is yet the final example of how the media dealt with a man they could never understand.Rabbi Kahane can't simply be written off as a racist (probably the worst thing you could be called in North America). Yet while he was branded a racist, curiously, no PLO or Arab leader, all of whom have publicly announced they want the Jews expelled from Israel, was ever considered the same. A radical Rabbi Kahane was; a racist, never.If being a racist means not liking Arabs, then at least half of the Israeli Knesset is racist.
NEWS
December 7, 1990
Officials should live as we liveI think I've hit upon a way to make our local, state and federal officials more responsive to the needs of the people they were elected to serve. Make it mandatory that they live as we live.They'll have to take a pay cut, of course. Very few of us earn salaries as high as those the officials have given themselves.If they don't do a good enough job for us, or the economy dictates that cutbacks have to be made, they'll just have to find employment elsewhere. Those who keep their jobs will have to tighten their belts a little, of course.
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By Ann LoLordo and Ann LoLordo,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | January 5, 1997
KIRYAT ARBA, West Bank -- In this Israeli settlement above the troubled city of Hebron, a memorial praises Baruch K. Goldstein as a man "who gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and its land."Goldstein, an American-born Jewish settler wearing an Israeli Army uniform and carrying an army-issue rifle, opened fire on Arab worshipers in the Hebron mosque in February 1994.He shot to death 29 Muslim worshipers before enraged survivors killed him.It was one of the most horrible incidents in the cycle of Arab-Israeli violence that often expresses itself over Hebron.
NEWS
November 6, 1990
What is called in the Middle East the "cycle of violence" reached into the United States last night when Rabbi Meir Kahane, who had just completed a speech which advocated violence, was shot dead in New York City.In Israel, where Kahane represented only the tiniest fraction of public opinion in his advocacy of the expulsion of nearly two million Palestinian Arabs from their native lands, the government braced for the inevitable revenge attacks against Arabs by Kahane supporters -- a continuation of the cycle of violence.
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By Joel Bainerman and Joel Bainerman,Joel Bainerman is on the editorial staff of the Jerusalem Post | November 17, 1990
THE NEWS reporting following Rabbi Meir Kahane's death is yet the final example of how the media dealt with a man they could never understand.Rabbi Kahane can't simply be written off as a racist (probably the worst thing you could be called in North America). Yet while he was branded a racist, curiously, no PLO or Arab leader, all of whom have publicly announced they want the Jews expelled from Israel, was ever considered the same. A radical Rabbi Kahane was; a racist, never.If being a racist means not liking Arabs, then at least half of the Israeli Knesset is racist.
NEWS
By Claude Lewis | November 13, 1990
I FELT SYMPATHY for Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was assassinated last week in a New York City hotel. While I understood his rage, I believed it would be his undoing.Like Malcolm X, a man I knew and loved, Kahane reached the very dangerous conclusion that no amount of moralizing or good will would change his "enemies." Kahane and Malcolm responded to their hatred by becoming haters. Each lost total faith in his enemy's capacity for change. When all hope is gone, one is left with very few options.
NEWS
By Arthur Hertzberg | November 11, 1990
Meir Kahane's life and death are being dismissed with cliches. He incited violence, and he was its victim. He hated Arabs unto death, and the hatred was returned, to his death. "Those who live by the sword shall die by the sword."These assertions are true, if facile, but they do not plumb the meaning of Rabbi Kahane's life, or of his death last week by assassination in New York.Yes, he was personally nasty, without honor in his dealings even with supporters. His overt supporters both in the United States, where he began his public career as the founder of the Jewish Defense League in 1968, and in Israel, where he founded a political party of his own in the early 1970s, were few and from the fringe.
NEWS
By Michael Kelly and Michael Kelly,Special to the Sun | November 10, 1990
Because of erroneous information supplied by Israeli police, The Sun reported Saturday that police had arrested the great-grandson of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, David Axelrod, in connection with the killings of two Palestinians after the slaying of Rabbi Meir Kahane in New York. The man detained by police, also named David Axelrod, is not related to Trotsky.JERUSALEM -- Police arrested the great-grandson of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky and two other supporters of slain militant Rabbi Meir Kahane yesterday as suspects in the revenge killing of two elderly West Bank Arabs.
NEWS
November 7, 1990
If Meir Kahane's death is avenged in blood as some of his followers have exhorted, the victory will be his assassin's.This troublesome rabbi operated on the fringes of Israeli public life as he had on the fringes of American life. He never spoke for Israel. Indeed, a law banning the racism on which he campaigned succeeded in its express purpose of driving his splinter party from the Knesset.And in this country, he never spoke for Judaism. No onappointed him to do so. Whoever was offended by what he said and the postures taken by his organization would have been wrong to attribute those views and postures to anyone else.
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By New York Times News Service | March 9, 1993
NEW YORK -- Federal and local investigators now believe that Mohammed Salameh, the suspect arrested last week in the bombing of the World Trade Center, played a significant, if not central, role in what they say is a conspiracy.For the first time, criminal-justice officials also established a direct personal link between Mr. Salameh and El Sayyid Nosair, the man convicted in connection with the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane. They said Mr. Salameh visited Nosair at least once in Attica prison.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 7, 1990
Meir Kahane was the last one off the plane. "He is always the last one off the plane," one of his security people whispered to me. "He insists."I never quite understood this. It seemed to me just as easy to shoot the last guy off the plane as the first, but Kahane had his own way of doing things.Four of his security people, members of the Jewish Defense League, were waiting for him at the gate. They were big and beefy and wore mirrored aviator glasses. As Kahane emerged from the jetway, they moved forward and formed a cordon around him.Like Kahane, an Orthodox rabbi, they all wore fuzzy, knitted yarmulkes pinned to their hair.
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