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Meir Kahane

Meir KahaneAKA Martin David Kahane

Born: 1-Aug-1932
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 5-Nov-1990
Location of death: New York City
Cause of death: Assassination
Remains: Buried, Har Menuchot Cemetery, Jerusalem, Israel

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Activist

Nationality: Israel
Executive summary: Founder of Jewish Defense League

Emigrated to Israel in 1971, and founded the ultra-radical Kach Party which fielded candidates for the Knesset starting in 1974. The aims of this party were to rid the state of Israel of its Arab population, and establish theocracy. Sexual union between Jew and Arab would be punished by death.[1] To combat this movement, in 1985 the Israeli constitution was modified to outlaw racist political parties, and at that time Kahane lost his Knesset seat when he was unable to run for reelection. In 1990 he was assassinated by Egyptian-American El Sayyid Nosair in New York City. Ten years later, his son was murdered in the West Bank during a Palestinian attack.


[1] Gershom Gorenberg, The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount (2000), page 128.

Father: Charles Kahane (b. 6-Apr-1907)
Mother: Sonia Trainin (b. 2-Jan-1912)
Brother: Nachman
Wife: Libby Blum (m. 3-Jun-1956, four children)
Son: Baruch
Son: Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane (d. 31-Dec-2000 murder)
Daughter: (two daughters)
Mistress: Gloria Jean D'Argenio (1966)

    High School: Yeshiva University High School for Boys (1949)
    University:
BA Political Science and History, Brooklyn College (1954)
    Law School: Brooklyn Law School
    Law School: LLB, New York Law School (1957)
    University: MA International Affairs, New York University (1957)

    Israeli Knesset (1984-85)
    Jewish Defense League Founder (1968)
    Naturalized Israeli Citizen (21-Dec-1972)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (18-Dec-1969), dismissed (30-Mar-1971)
    Conspiracy New York City (29-Dec-1969)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (29-Dec-1969)
    Resisting Arrest New York City (29-Dec-1969)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (30-Dec-1969)
    Trespassing New York City (4-Feb-1970), dismissed (12-May-1970)
    Harassment New York City (28-Jun-1970), pled guilty (3-Mar-1971)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (27-Dec-1970)
    Resisting Arrest New York City (27-Dec-1970)
    Deported from Canada (1971)
    Failure to Appear New York City (7-Jan-1971)
    Assault New York City (18-Jan-1971)
    Criminal Mischief New York City (18-Jan-1971)
    Inciting a Riot New York City (18-Jan-1971)
    Harassment New York City (16-Feb-1971)
    Disturbing the Peace Brussels, Belgium (24-Feb-1971)
    Deported from Belgium to England (25-Feb-1971)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (21-Mar-1971)
    Conspiracy Philadelphia, PA (12-May-1971)
    Unlawful Possession of Explosives Philadelphia, PA (12-May-1971)
    Unlawful Possession of a Firearm Philadelphia, PA (12-May-1971)
    Unlawful Assembly New York City (25-Jun-1971)
    Conspiracy Tel Aviv, Israel (Sep-1972)
    Conspiracy Jerusalem, Israel (1-Oct-1972)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (19-Jan-1975)
    Hunger Strike Nov-1975
    Inmate: Allenwood Federal Prison
    Assault New York City (10-Mar-1980)
    Disorderly Conduct New York City (10-Mar-1980)
    Resisting Arrest New York City (10-Mar-1980)
    Held Prisoner Administrative Detention, Jerusalem, Israel (14-May-1980)
    Inciting a Riot Tel Aviv, Israel (5-Jan-1984)
    Assisted by the ACLU (11-Oct-1985)
    Battery Overland Park, KS (18-Nov-1986)
    Disorderly Conduct Overland Park, KS (18-Nov-1986)
    Unlawful Assembly Jerusalem, Israel (3-May-1989)
    Shot (5-Nov-1990)
    Jewish Ancestry

    FILMOGRAPHY AS ACTOR
    Double Edge (30-Sep-1992) · Himself


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