• Short Summary

    Rabbi Meir Kahane, controversial leader of the militant Jewish Defence League (JDL) on Friday (23 July) received a five-year suspended jail sentence for conspiracy to manufacture explosives -- then immediately announced a new campaign to arm Jews.

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    Rabbi Meir Kahane, controversial leader of the militant Jewish Defence League (JDL) on Friday (23 July) received a five-year suspended jail sentence for conspiracy to manufacture explosives -- then immediately announced a new campaign to arm Jews.

    Kahane, 39, was fined 5,000 dollars (2,000 sterling) and placed on five years probation in addition to receiving the suspended sentence. A Federal Court judge warned him that any breach of the peace could mean he would have to serve his sentence in jail. But on leaving the Court, Rabbi Kahane told newsmen "I had not asked for mercy. I can't compromise principle with expediency. I am delighted I did not go to jail but there are times when violence is necessary."
    The Rabbi, who gained notoriety by leading harassment campaigns against Soviet diplomatic officials in protest against the Soviet Union's treatment of Jews, then announced he was launching a drive to buy rifles for Jews. His motto for the campaign, he said, was "Every Jew a .22." (A .22 is a type.of rifle).

    He was greeted by a crows of about 200 followers when he left the Court. They chanted "Never Again" -- the Jewish Defence League motto that means no more massacres of Jews.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7CMNV6R3JLE1WLT5GNDUBM9C7
    Media URN:
    VLVA7CMNV6R3JLE1WLT5GNDUBM9C7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/07/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
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    N/A

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