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    Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Member Meir Kahane was interviewed by police on November 21 about his publicly declared support for anti-Arab terrorism.

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    1. GV Flag TILT DOWN TO Kahane on telephone. (2 SHOTS) 0.10
    2. SCU & SVs Newsmen listening as Kahane speaks. (English SOT) (3 SHOTS) 1.47
    KAHANE: (SEQ 2)"The police asked me whether I had made any statements in support of what they call Jewish terror. Of course, I don't recognise that term. There's no such thing as Jewish terror; there is Jewish vengeance. I said to them that my statements have always been that it is the government's job and obligation to save the lives to save Jewish lives. If it's not capable of saving lives, then it has no right to govern. If it is against what they call terror, then it is the government's job, under their auspicies, to use counter-terror as was done in this country under the Labour governments in the 50s and 60s. If they're not ready to do that, then certainly I can understand and support and take pride in Jews who, out of frustration and bitterness at constant murders of Jews, take what they call the law into their own hands... and what I say is that they observe the Jewish law. I've urged young Jews not to do it only for one reason: they would be caught. It's not worth it. This country is not ready to give them a fair shake, so therefore don't (indistinct) until I become prime minister. I made it quite clear that any Arab who is ready to live here as a non-citizen, with his personal rights and not his national rights, can stay here. And any Arab who is not, and who looks forward to that day when Israel will become Palestine, must leave. That's not racism; it's common sense."

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    Background: JERUSALEM

    Israeli Knesset (Parliament) Member Meir Kahane was interviewed by police on November 21 about his publicly declared support for anti-Arab terrorism. Speaking to reporters hours after his interrogation at the Jerusalem offices of his Kach party, the extremist rabbi, born Michael King in Brooklyn, New York, defended his violently anti-Arab views as "common sense". Kahane, whose militant political postures have landed him in Israeli prisons on several occasions, maintains that all Arabs espousing the concept of a Palestinian national homeland, and those not willing to accept non-citizen status under Israeli governments should be forcibly deported to other Arab states. On November 21, thousands of Israeli youths, representing a broad spectrum of political groups from nationalists to the Jewish-Arab Communist Party, staged a massive demonstration in Tel Aviv to protest Kahane's support of Jewish extremists and racist incitement. It was announced in Jerusalem earlier this month that Prime Minister Shimon Peres' coalition government was formulating a law banning racist incitement, as well as studying measures to lift Kahanes' parliamentary immunity from prosecution.


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