Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of a Jewish Nationalist movement, was sentenced by an Israeli court on Monday (15 September) to nine months in jail for disturbing the peace and obstructing a policeman.
SV PAN INTERIOR Courtroom in Ramallah, West Bank, with newsmen and officials standing inside ZOOM INTO CU Rabbi Meir Kahane talking to friends (2 shots)
CU Kahane speaking in English as reporter makes notes (3 shots)
GV People walking back into courtroom to hear verdict
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Background: Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of a Jewish Nationalist movement, was sentenced by an Israeli court on Monday (15 September) to nine months in jail for disturbing the peace and obstructing a policeman. One of Kahane's top lieutenants, Yossi Dayan, was given a two-month suspended sentence on the same charges by the same charges by the three-judge tribunal.
SYNOPSIS: At Ramallah, on Jordan's occupied West Bank, the Israeli military court sentenced Rabbi Kahane for incidents which took place in Nablus in July, 1979, and in April this year in Ramallah. The Rabbi is founder of the militant Jewish Defence League in the United States, and of the extremists KACH Movement which agitates for Jewish control of all the occupied areas. Speaking to a reporter before sentence was passed, Rabbi Kahane said he thought a verdict finding him guilty had been decided in advance. In August, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin lifted a six month detention order imposed on Kahane. The reason for his detention was not disclosed for security reasons. Reports at the time, however, said that it involved Arab and Arab property, including a plan to blow up a mosque in East Jerusalem. The lifting of the order didn't bring the Rabbi's immediate release from prison because he was serving a seven-month sentence for trespassing on university premises.