November 5, 2010, - 5:23 pm

20 Years Ago: Kahane Murder Foretold ’93 WTC, 9/11; Feds Ignored Qaeda’s 1st Victim

By Debbie Schlussel

I was in court all day representing a client, but I can’t let the day go by without marking the 20th anniversary of the murder of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, Zichrono LiVrachah [of Blessed Memory], a former Member of the Knesset (the Israeli Parliament), and founder of the Jewish Defense League (JDL).  He was, sadly, also the very first American victim of Al-Qaeda.  On November 5, 1990, Rabbi Kahane was shot in cold blood by Islamic terrorist El-Sayyid Nosair, while Kahane was giving a speech at a hotel in New York. I had the honor of meeting Rabbi Kahane when I was a college student, and I will never forget it. More on that, below.

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El-Sayyid Nosair, Ramzi Yousif: Their First Qaeda Victim Rabbi Meir Kahane

Had federal authorities actually paid attention to the Kahane trial and to the actions of Nosair, they would have uncovered the 1993 World Trade Center 9/11 attacks.  Nosair prayed at Brooklyn’s Al-Farouq Mosque, the Al-Qaeda mosque from which the first attack was planned and at which part of the 9/11 attacks were ultimately born.  Many of the participants and planners of the 1993 attacks visited Nosair in prison.

But the feds didn’t care and didn’t bother to notice.  To them, Rabbi Kahane was an extremist.  While even Israel tried to discount Kahane back then, he was right and visionary about so many things.  Even the Israeli left, today, has adopted many of Rabbi Kahane’s suggestions and views.  Originally, they said Jews and Palestinians could live in peace together in Israel.  Rabbi Kahane said they could not live together in the same state because of Palestinian terrorism and enmity, and he was right.  He was the first to suggest ideas of separation, such as the wall.  But back then, the Israelis didn’t like his popularity and enacted laws specifically designed to stop him from being re-elected to the Knesset and deny his Kach Party from gaining any more political power. As I wrote in a previous post:

As we know, the feds could have stopped it because they had–in their custody–El-Sayyid Nosair, who murdered Rabbi Meir Kahane and who was part of the Al-Qaeda cell that did the bombings. Nosair had piles of documents disclosing the plot, inside his house. The feds never looked at them because they didn’t care that this Muslim man murdered a U.S. citizen they looked at as a crazy right-wing rabbi (many of whose suggestions are, today, official policy of the left in Israel that so hated him then).

Nosair’s trial was a travesty of epic proportions.  The moronic O.J. Simpson-style jury acquitted Nosair (defended by Marxist Jewish self-hater William Kunstler) of murder charges, even though it was clear that he planned the murder of Rabbi Kahane and meticulously carried it out in front of a room full of witnesses.  Thankfully, the courageous judge overseeing the case, Judge Alvin Schlesinger, said the jury’s acquittal “was against the overwhelming weight of evidence and was devoid of common sense and logic,” and he sentenced Nosair to the maximum number of years possible, under the charges for which he was convicted–seven to 22 years.  Sadly,  Nosair may soon get out, as he was sentenced in 1992.  Even if he does the maximum 22, that means he’ll be out by 2014.

Muslims used the Kahane trial as yet another opportunity for chanting anti-Semitic slogans and their typical “allahu fubar” [no, that's not a typo or Freudian slip] crap about allah being the greatest.  The feds probably could have learned a lot about Al-Qaeda in the U.S. just by monitoring who was outside the courthouse.  It turned out that Nosair’s defense was bankrolled entirely by Osama Bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. But we only learned this far too late–in 2002, when the U.S. Senate investigated the 9/11 attacks. At the time of Kahane’s murder, the FBI hadn’t even heard of Bin Laden–because, again, they didn’t care about him. To them, he was just an extremist they were happy to get out of their hair.

As I noted, Rabbi Kahane was often reviled by the Israeli left, which has now adopted many of his views, and he was repeatedly referred to as an extremist. But he was one of the few Jewish leaders who actually cared about the safety, security, and survival of the Jewish people in America and in Israel. He successfully debated and trounced various Jewish liberals from Alan Dershowitz to Richard Cohen.  His wit and wisdom was truly unmatched in our community.  The same goes for his never-ending courage.  Kahane confronted Muslim extremists not just in Israel, but all over America, in places like Minnesota (well before the current Somalian invasion there).  He also battled Nazis marching in Skokie, outside of Chicago.

When Jewish and Gentile elderly people were terrorized by gangs and other thugs on the New York subways in the ’70s and ’80s, Rabbi Kahane’s Jewish Defense League protected them and did the job the New York Transit police and NYPD did not. They saved lives and they saved poor elderly people from having to give their last dollars to knife- and gun-wielding scum.  He did the job the bloated, self-appointed Jewish bureaucratic organizations in America did not and still don’t do.

I had heard many negative things about Rabbi Kahane. After he regularly spoke at my synagogue and others in the Detroit area in the early ’80s, he was suddenly deemed so controversial by the left-wingers that dominate the (non-religious but powerful) Jewish community establishment that Kahane was no longer allowed to speak at local synagogues and had to rent hotel conference rooms to spread his message. I decided to hear–and decide for myself whether there was anything wrong with–the actual words of this alleged extremist, Rabbi Kahane, in the conference room of a now-defunct Detroit-area hotel.

In my own experience, instead of an extremist, Rabbi Kahane was a charismatic and effective speaker, whose words prove as true today as they did back then in the late 1980s. He discussed the Islamic threat to America, the threat that his murder foreshadowed (again, if the feds had only cared enough to pay attention)–a threat that has come true over and over again, with the 1993 and 2001 bombings, and the Underwear Bomber and the Times Square Bomber and the bomb packages from Kuwait. He talked about the growing Palestinian threat to Jews in Israel. Again, he was right. I heard no extremism. There were no calls for the extermination of Muslims or anything of the sort.

At the end of his speech, I went up to Rabbi Kahane and said,

Rabbi Kahane, Yasher Koach [a Hebrew/Jewish congratulation, which means, "May Your Strength be Firm"]. That was an excellent speech. You are nothing like what I’ve heard about you.  Can I shake your hand?

Rabbi Kahane thanked me and shook my hand, and another rabbi in the room chastised him for it because religious Jews do not touch members of the opposite sex who are not their spouses or close relatives, out of modesty concerns. The man admonished Kahane:

Rabbi Kahane, are you really a Rabbi? If you were, you’d know that you should not shake a woman’s hand.

Rabbi Kahane’s response was quick and correct and shut the other man up:

Are you a rabbi? If you were, you’d know that, under Jewish law, to embarrass a person is like killing them and a whole world. And you’d know it’s better to gladly shake a woman’s hand when it is offered, than to embarrass her and commit a grave sin.

This was the kind of man Meir Kahane really was. He was smart and he was right. And he cared. In many ways, he was the hero the Jewish community needed then . . . and needs so much more now.

And if he had been taken seriously, instead of being dismissed by many as an extremist–if his murderer had been taken seriously–a lot of things might be different.

Not just for Israel or the Jewish people. But for America . . . and the 3,000 Americans who died in cold blood because the feds didn’t pay attention.

Rabbi Meir Kahane, Blessed Be His Memory. I remember. We should all remember.

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Here is a sample of Rabbi Kahane’s work and words.  My late father especially loved this one column, as read on video:

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46 Responses

Kahane Chai! It does sadden me when I think about what happened to this great man. We really are still dealing with the aftermath of Nosehair’s crime.

John Wren on November 5, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I remember Rabbi Kahane very well, I was living a few blocks fro the Crown Heights section and they had all kinds of posters up in yiddish but it was telling you where you coudl see him and hear his speeches. He was a dynamic speaker, I heard him many times on TV and he was impressive. I was here in Illinois when he was shot, I heard about it on th enews, I felt terrible , I had two Jewish girlfriends who worshipped him and when I spoke to one of them on the phone, she was crying when she spoke of it. He was missed in his community, he really was, and problably still is. I didn’t know too much about him except he was always fighting for Israel and against terrorists who were moving in and out of Brooklyn freely. I went to Brooklyn again a few years ago to live while I looked for a house, and my neighborhood was all muslim, I coudln’t get a twinkie there. I had to go to a different area to buy American goodies. I don’t get it, the Muslim women in Brooklyn were in habibs is it? headgear? and the long dresses but they were driving lincoln continentals, they didnt’ look opressed to me, same with the Albanian Muslims who were nasty, the super of my building was an Albanian Mulim and he robbed me , my mailbox and some of my boxes when I moved, I wound up coming back to Illinois. One of the little Muslim toad shopkeeprs asked me how much rent I was paying and I told him and he said the reason the rents are so high is because newcomers like me pay it, you dont’ want too know what I sdaid, they were pushy even then.I was born about 2 miles from where we were standing, so was my Mother and I told him so, I said the reason I pay it is so I won’t have to live with them. LOL, they don’t think we belong there, I feel the same way about them. The whole Bay Ridge asrea up to about 81st street was muslim , complete with stores selling those fabulously sexy muslims cloths and fancy head scarfs . It was not my Brooklyn anymore, easch neighhborhood had been given to muslims or Chinese or other ethnic groups, the only time I felt at home was when I went ot Bingo and saw all of my old pals, the Italians and puerto Ricans. LOL

    MadHatter on November 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm

Read 1000 Years for Revenge by Peter Lance. The book will blow your mind as it exposes the Federal Bureau of Idiots. Barney Fife could have caught these guys. I couldn’t put the book down. Bush let the FBI off the hook, too, praising their dilligence after 9/11.

J: No offense, but it wouldn’t blow my mind or that of any of my regular readers. You must be new to this site. I’ve been detailing the idiocy of the FBI on this site for years. Peter Lance is very, very late to the game on this, and his “expose” is actually a rehashed, warmed over, less informed version of what I regularly note on this site about Famous But Incompetent and how Bush did nothing (except praise the FeeBs and encourage their politically correct pandering to Muslims and continuing incompetence and ineptitude). DS

Jimbo on November 6, 2010 at 1:26 am

I lived on East 57th Street in Manhattan at that time. I had been walking home along Lexington Avenue. I’ll never forget it. Twenty years have passed?

Barry Popik on November 6, 2010 at 4:39 am

Thank you, Debbie. Thank you for being one of the few to cover this important story and for sharing your own personal experiences with Kahane. As I’ve often expressed, his creation of the JDL in response to Jews being attacked in the streets served as a great inspiration for me to create the JIDF, as I watch Jews get attacked online…

David on November 6, 2010 at 7:12 am

Thanks Debbie.

Arnold

Arn on November 6, 2010 at 7:17 am

Never forget – Never forgive.

Sadie on November 6, 2010 at 8:50 am

Thank you for this article. Too many Feds (note: I did not say all) are more concerned about advancing their careers than the security of the citizenry, where incompetence is rewarded and real, solid work is frowned upon. It isn’t until a major event happens that the Feds’ attitude changes, even if the attitude change is short lived.

Pats on November 6, 2010 at 11:27 am

Good article. A damn shame. Maybe things will begin to slowly turn around as the country wakes from it’s slumber. Two things would help. Outlaw fantasy football and rap (rape) music.

samurai on November 6, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I heard Kahane speak at a local area high school in the 80s. If he were alive today it would be harder for the politicians in Israel and the US to cave in to the terrorists.

Little Al on November 6, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Dear World was poignant and superbly written. No wonder the muslims needed Kahane assassinated.

All schoolchildren should read this article or hear the narration.

united states of sharia on November 6, 2010 at 7:38 pm

That was a beautiful tribute-it brought tears to my eyes.

Vicki on November 6, 2010 at 8:32 pm

tragic. thank you for reminding us to never forget.

Vickie Dorsey on November 6, 2010 at 8:33 pm

Debbie, Thank you so much for that tribute to the late Rabbi Meir David Kahane, HY”D….I was a member of the JDL in the 1970s and often met Rabbi Kahane when he would come back from Israel on speaking trips, and would come to the JDL office in Manhattan.

When he was assassinated in Nov 1990, I felt my whole world collapsing. I named my firstborn son, who was born in Dec 1991, after Rabbi Kahane, in his memory and honor.

Kahane Tsadak!

Chana bat-Shalom on November 6, 2010 at 8:44 pm

[Debbie - Thankfully, the courageous judge overseeing
the case, Judge Alvin Schlesinger ... ]

Your parise of the judge is misplaced. Kunstler only
got Nosair off because the judge let Kunstler argue
someone else could have pulled the trigger on Nosair’s
Gun because no one testifies they actually saw Nosair
Squeeze the trigger. That no one else was within 30
Feet of Nosair and his gun when it went off did not
seem to matter.

You are correct about how the government dropped the
ball here. If President Bush and Attorney General
Thornburg treated this case like they did the Rodney
King case neither World Trade Center attack would have
occured.

Your praise of the Rabbi is right on.

I_AM_ME on November 6, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Thank you so much for honoring this man. If only people has listened….Great article Debbie, I love how you are not afraid to speak your mind when it comes to Jews and Israel! Am Yisroel Chai!

Deena Lurman on November 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

Thank you, Debbie! Unfortunately great people are often reviled and discredited while they’re alive. Today, people like you and I and many of our pro-Israel and Conservative friends often get labeled as “right wing extremists,” marginalized, considered paranoid and you know the rest! We try to warn people about the dangers we see ahead of us! We try to mobilize them into action! I used to stand on the corner of Stockdale Highway and California Ave. in Bakersfield, California warning about the danger Hugo Chavez presents to us in the U.S. back in 2000 and someone in our local media derided me as “obsessed!” Well, today, we are facing the danger of a nuclear Chavez right across the “pond” from us! Things have been going wrong here for a very long time and “there’s nobody home” listening to us! It’s very scary! Thanks for reminding us about Kahane. 20/20 hindsight usually comes too late!

Gail Tenzer on November 6, 2010 at 9:49 pm

From The Daily News link:

At the time, an FBI agent handling the Nosair case told the Senate investigators, “this was the first time the FBI’s New York office heard Bin Ladin’s name.”

Incredulous, since the Bush/CIA recruited him and referred to him as a freedom fighter in the Soviet-Afghan war of 1979-1989.

elvis on November 6, 2010 at 10:16 pm

The reason why this was swept under the rug was because they wanted it to be. Kahane was killed not long before Brent Scowcroft, Dennis Ross and company unveiled their two state solution plan for Israel. So, it was kind of difficult for the establishment to suffer a man who advocated the expulsion of Muslims and Arabs from Israel and was gaining popular support on the Jewish “street” (and also among certain Gentiles). It was equally inconvenient for the ties between Bush and his extensive Middle East business contacts (Bin Laden Construction, et al) to be known. Muslims may be the enemy, but never forget that they have a lot of willing accomplices, and not all of them are Democrats. Not by a long shot. Stuff like this is why William Safire loathed both George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. Prescott Bush, eh? The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree. One of the many disasters of the George W. Bush presidency was that so many evangelicals were duped (by their leaders) into believing that George W. Bush was actually a friend of Israel.

Gerald on November 6, 2010 at 10:51 pm

Re:

["Thank you so much for honoring this man. If only people has listened….Great article Debbie, I love how you are not afraid to speak your mind when it comes to Jews and Israel! Am Yisroel Chai!"

Deena Lurman on November 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm]

Amen!

JeffE on November 6, 2010 at 10:53 pm

I’m trying to remember if I ever heard of this before. Chances are, since it was before the alternative media was noting like it is now, that I never knew anything about this man or his murder. What a great post!

CornCoLeo on November 7, 2010 at 12:23 am

Rabbi Meir Kahane’s “The Jewish Idea” summarized at 20th Memorial by Rabbi Moshe Parry
Part I:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXOvE6YmlBw
Part II:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7vsGbI450c

JooTube on November 7, 2010 at 4:04 am

Kahane CHAI- I only learned of KAHANE n any detail after 9-11 in my research into ISLAM and terrorists vis a vis USA- I had heard his name and been told he was a dangerous extremist a racist bigot etc- told he was one of those troublemaker religious JEWS-
After actually reading and listening to Kahane actual words I realized he was the ONLY person willing to face some uncomfortable truths and had the balls to make them known at great personal sacrifice-
a true visionary- and I saw my own ideas in his words and ideas- and I mourned not only the missed opportunity to prevent 9-11, but I mourned that my people were so blinded by PC and leftism and idealism and ignorance that they presecuted a man trying to save them –
and for so long I was one too DEM, Liberal, taking USA &Israel freedoms for granted——after 9-11 I can never be the same –

I put “KAHANE IS RIGHT” for my avatar- and now I am called bigot racist right wing extremist and worse
I wear the slurs proudly in his memory
I advocate for his solutions
I do what I can to share the truth/history

Thanks for sharing your personal experience of this great man- one of very few humans I consider heroic

Isahiah62 on November 7, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I loved the Rabbi Meir Kahane.
    You are not a racist. That is a made up term, anyway.

    The Rabbi wanted Jewish people to remain amongst themselves and was 100% for not only protecting Israel, but also America.

    B”H
    May his name be blessed in memory forever, he was almost always right.

    The Mad Jewess on June 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I met Meir Kahane a few times. I loved the man. He left a lasting impression on me.

Unsaid in your discussion was the fact that Meir Kahane was the first person who brought world attention on the plight of Jews imprisoned in the Soviet Union. After demonstrations, a few bombings, and more attention, Jews started to trickle out, then stream out (at 50,000+ a year) from the Soviet Union. Thanks to pressure by Reagan, Gorbachev finally opened the doors to most Jews, but had it not been for Kahane, their plight would never had been known.

Debbie, the man was both a rabbi and an attorney, was brilliant at both.

I remember one time, there were a group of people demonstrating against him at the University of Maryland, the largest group criticizing him were liberal Jews. How many of those people later died in 9/11?

Jgrant on November 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

When I worked on Chicago Jewish Post and Opinion before starting law school in 1977, I covered a presser with Rabbi Kahane at the Allerton Hotel. He made sure to take time to talk with me, in between talking with the Chicago Trib and Sun-Times reporter. Pretty cool for me and says alot about the Rabbi’s personality. [Ray Meyers, former B-ball coach of DePaul, did same when I was on the student newspaper at Loyola--so kudos to him also.] Lets not forget Rabbi Kahame’s brother who was ahead of his times in the 1970s when he did a Hebrew translation of the Tosefot commentaries to the Talmud.

Phil Dayton on November 7, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Superb Debbie, sometimes you just knock’em dead; thanks for your important work. Please think of this as my personal digital handshake to you…

Perfected democrat on November 7, 2010 at 5:54 pm

Kahane Disciples…

Does anyone happen to know where one can send cards, letters, contributions, action to Kahane people?

I stand with them…

Could the esteemed Rav, may he rest in peace, be any more accurate and relevent?

I dont think so…

hillbilly on November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

I would note that Nosair was apprehended by a police officer with the U.S. Postal Service Inspectors Force. Somewhere in the Kahane/Nosair story, someone should recognize the U.S. Postal Inspectors Service and thank them for apprehending Nosair. 3

This is one of the most UN-glamorous federal police agencies we have. Yet, they do a vital service and are not to be messed with.

There is NO Santa Claus on November 8, 2010 at 10:43 am

Debbie – Nosair is not getting out. Subsequent to the Kahane fiasco, he was convicted on Federal conspiracy charges related to other terrorist plots he and others at the Brooklyn and Jersey City mosques were involved with. He is serving Life at the Supermax. I will also second the earlier comment that Justice Schlesinger was no hero in this case as well as your comment that the jury in this case was indeed ‘moronic’ – although I would characterize it as more Larry Davis- style.

sam on November 8, 2010 at 11:23 am

May the Memory of a Tzaddik be a Blessing!
And may he act as a voice on high to advocate for the Jews.

Surprisingly, he was more tolerant of Jewish liberals who were vehemently against him, than of apathetic Jews who couldn’t be motivated to take a stand.
He would say, “At least, they’re ALIVE and can react! They’re just confused, and don’t have the facts straight.”

There was one instance where some protesters were very disruptive and did not respond to calm reasoned pleas to stop, and then were warned, and still didn’t stop, and so, had to be ‘forcibly’ stopped.

After they had their ‘protesting’ knocked out of them, and were about to leave, Rabbi Kahane called out to them,
“Wait, are you Jewish?! Here, have something to eat and drink and let’s talk.”

After a long discussion, they went away a little thoughtful, and while they didn’t become JDL, they actually, on occasion, did speak up for Jews and didn’t parrot the left’s party line.

When Rabbi Kahane was first arrested, the only (non-family) Jews who came to visit, were Chabad emissaries who visit Jews in prison. I personally knew the one who visited him, and they became close, and he developed a connection to Chabad.

Here is an amazing fact about the day Rav Kahane left this world!

Nov 5, 1990 = 17 Cheshvan 5751 on the Jewish calendar.

http://www.chabad.org/calendar/default-response_cdo/cType/1/civil_month/11/civil_day/5/civil_year/1990/jewish_month/7/jewish_day//jewish_year//submit1/GO%C2%A0%C2%BB

It is a custom throughout all Chabad communities throughout the world, to learn a portion of Tanya corresponding to each day on the calendar, so that the Tanya is completed each year.

Here is the portion for Rav Kahahna’s Yohrtzeit, the 17th of Cheshvan:

http://www.chabad.org/dailystudy/tanya.asp?tDate=11/5/1990

It begins with the words:

” … to console him on the passing of his son, the pious Rabbi, R. Meir (may his soul rest in Eden).”

and speaks about the effect that the passing of a Tzaddik has on those he leaves behind …

exdemexlib on November 8, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Love Rabbi Kahane, but have to disagree with his response of shaking a woman’s hand (and your endorsement of it, Debbie). I’m sure he would not consume something nonkosher or break Shabbat just so he wouldn’t embarrass someone. Laws of tzniut cannot be qualified anymore than kashrut or shabbat or any others. Personally, I do not shake hands with members of the opposite sex and I always try my hardest to make sure the situation is not embarrassing for anyone

david on November 8, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    There is no Torah prohibition against shaking a woman’s hand per se.

    You have a prohibition of “negi’ah” (physical contact with the opposite gender in an arousing manner) versus not embarrassing someone (Veahavta l’reiacha kamocha) ignorant of of this behavior protocol (possibly a Rabbinical prohibition – a siyag). Under such circumstances, Derech Eretz Kadma LaTorah.

    So, too, taught to me my parents and the Rabbi who was my yeshiva high school principal. I won’t say with Yeshiva it was but suffice it to say that have their own Bais Medrash Gavoha and are Agudah affiliated, if association is relevant to you.

    Not the same case, but you will find a similar issue discussed by Rav Moshe Feinstein Z”L in Igrot Moshe regarding the permissibility of boarding a train crammed like a pack of sardines.

    Also recall Melachim (Kings) 2 4:27.

    Get your heading out of seforim for a minute or 2 and use your mind.

    Shy Guy on November 8, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Outstanding remembrance and warning never to forget!

BernardL on November 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm

“He was, sadly, also the very first American victim of Al-Qaeda.”

Not to over quibble, but I believe that Rabbi Kahane actually forfeited his American citizenship when he joined the Knesset.

MonkeyShines on November 8, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    “He was, sadly, also the very first American victim of Al-Qaeda.”

    Not to over quibble, but I believe that Rabbi Kahane actually forfeited his American citizenship when he joined the Knesset. by monkeyShines

    Don’t let facts get in the way of a good yarn.

    “You live by the sword, you die by the sword.”

    He preached hate. What did you expect would happen?

    beijingyank on July 12, 2011 at 2:57 pm

Thank you, Debbie !! May the legacy of Rabbi Kahane live on. His prescience was truly remarkable

Fern Sidman on November 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Kahane was an ignorant bigot and while I don’t condone murder there is more than an element of you reap what you sow. Most Israelis I know know him for the bigot he was.

Clanrickard on November 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

    Nope. Kahane was highly knowledgeable. They’ve turned out to be prophetic, down to the fine details.

    What books and writings of his have you read? Name them.

    Shy Guy on November 11, 2010 at 11:19 am

Years ago I purchased an old copy of Playboy magazine (1972)which featured an interview with Rabbi Meir David Kahane. I read it several years after his death. It was a great interview. Very, very interesting. He was quite a man – highly intelligent, articulate and confident and assertive about his views. I came away quite impressed with him and given the passage of time and events (particularly the Israel-Palestinian conflict), it is amazing how right he was about so many things. He was a realist, and prophetic as well. He was a strong and forecful leader and his passing was a great loss to Israel, Jews in general, and the United States of America and Americans. We need more men and women like him but, sadly, alas, such people are in very short supply nowadays. The world is so insane – Rabbi Kahane is murdered and most people don’t care and some say “good riddance”, yet Arafat, the father of modern terrorism, a man with blood on his hand, a corrupt man, a thief, a liar and a pedophile dies, and he is mourned! Unbelievable.

Steven Millus on March 8, 2011 at 12:07 am

I love Rabbi Kahane. I wish I had been there for his speeches. Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute. If only we had listened.

Chag Semeach Pesach.

jewishinfidel on April 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

thanks for this post about this great man!

gary brown on July 2, 2011 at 11:08 am

I am very glad the PIG Kahane is dead and buried. I piss on this man, I spit on his grave. He deserves to die a thousend deaths. ;)

He and all those who share his views. Go, Hamas!

Motives on July 31, 2011 at 5:39 am

Hi Debbie,
Great article! I was looking forward to watching the youtube clip on Kahane, but it says “private video!”
Any way to see it? I was going to repost your article.
Keep up the good work!

dean zelikovsky on February 28, 2012 at 12:01 am

I helped R. Kahane get to speak at UCLA Campus in the early ’80s. That was also the first time I heard him speak. I had read his books and everything he said was right. My dad also said, “THIS is a REAL rabbi!” My dad knew the difference because he grew up in an Orthodox family. He knew R. Kahane was a Torah-true rabbi, not these Conservative and Reform clowns. My dad was a big supporter of R. Kahane. I heard R. Kahane speak for the last time in North Hollywood, CA at someone’s house the week before he was murdered. Now, most Jews I know realize that he was right. There would be no Judea and Samaria without R. Kahane or Jewish pride. And he was TRULY a visionary. We can see now what he was talking about with the rife anti-Israel sentiment which didn’t seem to exist during the days of the Six Day War, etc. When R. Kahane said, “Don’t think it can’t happen here,” look at what’s going on now in America with anti-Semitism. He also said, “I see a dark cloud over America…..” Nobody loved Jews more than R. Kahane and we was fearless. He was not afraid to speak the truth – against all odds against him. The left all hated him then; now most of them or their children are saying he was right. R. Kahane WAS the REAL DEAL. Other than Moshe Rabbeinu, there will never be another one like him and those of us privileged to have met him and heard him will always have those incredible memories of meeting such a Tzaddik.

Cheryl Crandall on May 1, 2014 at 5:39 pm

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