Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the American Jewish Defence League, started a hunger strike outside the United States embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (6 February), in protest against his passport being taken away.
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"The Courts have told me quite openly and quite frankly that if I promise not to make speeches and not to demonstrate against the israeli policy my passport will be given back. I will not make that promise. I intend to go back and protest against Kissinger and against the Israeli government policy. I intend to ask American Jews -- in particular young people -- to come here to live. Mr. Sapir goes there and asks for money. I intend to go there and ask for Jews to come and live here. This is not the Soviet Union and I am not Sakharov. I want my passport back, I want to go back, and I intend to fast here until I get it back."
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Background: Rabbi Meir Kahane, leader of the American Jewish Defence League, started a hunger strike outside the United States embassy in Tel Aviv on Wednesday (6 February), in protest against his passport being taken away. He wants to make a tour of the U.S. to speak against the terms of the recent Egyptian-Israeli peace settlement.
Rabbi Kahane, who is free on bail in connection with an alleged arms smuggling plot, had his passport taken away last June and all his appeals to get it back have failed. He also failed in an attempt to get elected to the Knesset in the recent elections. Now he is determined to go and make speeches in the United States. He says he is being gagged and complains that he is being treated like the Soviet scientist, Andrei Sakharov, who has recently been refused permission to visit the United States.