The leader of the militant Jewish Defence League, Rabbi Meir Kahane, has spoken again of the need to fight Arab terrorism against Jews with counter terror.
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KAHANE: "I think that for two thousand years now, the Jewish people have acquired a reputation as a people that doesn't fight back...as a people that is passive...and because of that I think that Jewish blood has come to be looked upon as rather cheap. In this instance, I think that the Jewish people have got to show their Jewish blood is not cheap. The Arab terror is aimed at killing Jews...it's got to be made clear to them that Jews will not die. This is the age of post Auschwitz, and what is necessary is the formation of a counter terror group which is just as ruthless and just as desperate and just as angry and just as willing to kill Arabs as Arabe are apparently to kill Jews. And this may not be a very happy thing...certainly it doesn't make me very happy. One would rather live in peace than kill. I think it's about time the Jews stopped being more Catholic than the Pope. People want to kill us, then we'll kill them, and that is in the tradition of Judaism in the Talmud--which says that if one comes to slay you, slay him first.
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Background: The leader of the militant Jewish Defence League, Rabbi Meir Kahane, has spoken again of the need to fight Arab terrorism against Jews with counter terror.
Speaking in Jerusalem on Monday (9 Oct.), Rabbi Kahane said that over two thousand years of passivity, Jewish blood had come to be looked upon as rather cheap. But he felt Jews had to prove this wasn't so. "The Arab terror is aimed at killing Jews...and what is necessary is the formation of a counter terror group which is just a s ruthless, just as desperate, just as angry and just as willing to kill Arabs as Arabs are, apparently, to kill Jews," he said.
Rabbi Kahane said the prospect certainly did not make him happy but added: "if people went to kill us, then we'll kill them".
The leader of the Jewish Defence League, which was originally formed to protect Jews from hooliganism in New York, is becoming a figure of increasing concern to the Israeli government, which has made it clear it will not allow any private organisation to carry out a counter terror campaign in the name of Israel.
Rabbi Kahans and two other members of the League are out on bail in Israel in connection with an alleged attempt to smuggle arms to the Untied States for use against Arab institutions. The Israeli police are holding the passports of all three men.