Rabbi Meir Kahane, the controversial leader of Israel's hard-line Kach ("only thus") Party, and newly-elected to Israel's Knesset (Parliament) attended a memorial ceremony in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 29 for US-born Aaron Gross, killed a year ago in the city's market by a gunman alleged to be Palestinian.
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TRANSCRIPT: KAHANE: (SEQ 4) "This was just another tragedy. Every year we have another such ceremony - a Jew is killed - and we come and we unveil a monument. If I were the Minister of Defence, there wouldn't be one Arab left here, and we never have another reason to have a monument. I think, I think that we're crazy. I think that we have absorbed all the insanity of people of whom the rabbis spoke,'he who has mercy upon the cruel will some day be cruel unto the merciful'."
REPORTER: "Pragmatically, what does your party intend to do now that you're in the Knesset in order to carry out these plans?"
KAHANE:"First of all, what we're going to do is destroy the Arab confidence. For 16 years, they've been convinced that time is on their side. When we marched through Jerusalem's Old City for the first time, Arabs sat terrified. Every Jew went crazy over that march. How come every day, when Jews are beaten in the Old City, and Jews are knifed in the Old City, Jews are pushed in the Old City - how come nobody's angry? For years and years the Arabs beat Jews and punched Jews and knifed Jews and were convinced that, in the end, the Old City and the New City will be theirs. When we marched through that city, they were terrified, and that's what we intend doing. When I get up in that Knesset and I say to Tewfic Doubi (phonetic spelling). 'Doubi, on this day you began to leave Israel', on that day the message will get through to them."
REPORTER: "You're a Member of Knesset now; you've got parliamentary immunity. How do you plan to use it, how much protection does it give you?"
KAHANE: "I don't know how much it gives me, but I know that the day afterwards. I am going to the Arab village to Umm-el-Fachm (phonetic spelling) in Israel - a nest of vipers and snakes - anti-Israel and anti-Jewish and I'm going to walk through those streets, just like Arabs walk through the streets of Jewish cities...and I'm going to say, 'Kahane is here, and you'll be leaving soon'."
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Rabbi Meir Kahane, the controversial leader of Israel's hard-line Kach ("only thus") Party, and newly-elected to Israel's Knesset (Parliament) attended a memorial ceremony in the West Bank city of Hebron on July 29 for US-born Aaron Gross, killed a year ago in the city's market by a gunman alleged to be Palestinian. Fifty-one-year-old Kahane, born Mike King in Brooklyn, New York, advocates an extreme anti-Arab policy in all spheres of Israeli life, including forced expulsion of all Arabs from Israeli territory, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. On his visit to Hebron, he was welcomed by another controversial figure, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, head of the equally extremist Gush Emunim faction, and other hard-line leaders of Kiryat Arba, a Jewish settlement overlooking Hebron. Kahane, a founder of the New York based Jewish Defence League, had been arrested on several occasions by US police for a series of allegedly illegal acts, including attacks against Soviet diplomats, and has been held in Israel jails after anti-Arab activities. His attendance at the Aaron Gross memorial was hailed by extreme right-wing nationalists, but denounced as provocative by Israel's leaders across the political spectrum. They have condemned Kahane's election to the Knesset as "a disaster" and "the beginning of fascism in Israel". In his pre-election campaign, Kahane vowed to eradicate all vestiges of Arab life in Israel. His comments have prompted Israel's leader political personalities to seek legal ways to block Kahane's recourses of "racism".
Source: REUTERS - ELI FASTMAN