Meir Kahane

AZL flag holder TransparentMeir David Kahane of the Kohanim line (August 1st, 1932 – November 5th, 1990) was a Jewish rabbi, and writer, whose work became foundation of most modern Jewish militant terrorist groups. Martin David Kahane was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1932 to an Orthodox Jewish family. His father, Rabbi Yechezkel (Charles) Kahane, author of the “Torah Yesharah,” studied at Polish and Czech yeshiva religious schools, was involved in the Revisionist Zionism movement, and was a close friend of Ze’ev Jabotinsky. The young Kahane became an ardent admirer of Ze’ev Jabotinsky and Peter Bergson, frequent guests in his parents’ home and joined the Betar (Brit Trumpeldor) the youth wing of Revisionist Zionism. He was arrested in 1947 for violent protests against Ernest Bevin, the British Foreign Secretary who maintained restrictions on immigration of Jews to Palestine following WWII. In 1954, Kahane became the mazkir (director) of Greater New York City’s sixteen Bnei Akiva chapters. He founded the Jewish Defense League (JDL) in New York City in 1968 the sole purpose of which was to terrorise the host population into submitting to Jewish control.

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