THE JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE ("JDL") AND IRV RUBINSummaries of Jewish Defense League alleged crimes | Information about the murders of Arab-Americans Alex Odeh and Ismail Al-Faruqi | Quotes from Jewish Defense League web page | Irv Rubin and the Libertarian Party | Irv Rubin Indictment on Terrorism Charges and Suicide | Link to libertarian article "The Real Reason to Oppose Aid to Israel" Maps of Land Ownership and Land Confiscation in Israel/Palestine
OF TERRORISM by Sean Anderson and Stephen Sloan, 1995 http://www.securitymanagement.com/library/000248.html
JEWISH DEFENSE LEAGUE. The JDL was a Jewish self-defense movement that began with the limited goals of protecting orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City from depredations by young black and Puerto Rican hoodlums and to protest local instances of anti-Semitism. Eventually the JDL embraced a universal program of fighting for Jewish interests worldwide. The group was self-sustaining and lacked any support from mainstream Jewish organizations in the United States or from the State of Israel. The JDL was founded in 1968 by Rabbi Meir Kahane, who began to organize young Jewish men as vigilantes to protect Jews and Jewish businesses in the Williamsburg and Crown Heights areas of Brooklyn and elsewhere in the New York City area. Within a year the group had graduated from vigilantism and demonstrations against alleged anti-Semites to burglarizing the files of the PLO U.N. Mission and launching attacks on Soviet diplomatic, trade, and tourism offices and personnel. According to the FBI, the JDL was responsible for at least 37 terrorist acts in the United States in the period from 1968-1983, while the International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events (ITERATE) database developed on behalf of the United States Central Intelligence Agency by Edward F. Mickolus recorded 50 such incidents from 1968-1987, making the JDL second only to the Puerto Rican FALN (q.v.) as the major domestic terrorist group. Nonetheless the JDL is a legally incorporated political action group and has officially disavowed responsibility for any violent actions carried out by its members. Bombings accounted for 78 percent of all JDL terrorist activities; shootings accounted for 16 percent; while arson attacks, vandalism, kidnapping, threats, and verbal harassment accounted for the rest.
From 1969 to 1985 the JDL targeted mainly the representatives of governments perceived to be anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic, most of which were directed against Soviet targets. Thus the JDL bombed the San Francisco branch of the Iranian Bank Melli on 26 January 1981 and bombed the Iraqi U.N. Mission on 28 April 1982 to protest the mistreatment of Jews in those two countries. The JDL once bombed the office of impresario Sol Hurok, who helped arrange performances of Soviet ballet troupes in the United States, which caused the death of one employee. For the most part, these attacks seemed intended to intimidate but not to kill their victims. Beginning late in 1985, however, the targeting shifted to individuals suspected of being anti-Israeli or anti-Semitic, and the attack mode became much more lethal. On 11 October 1985, the Los Angeles offices of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was bombed, killing the ADC director Alex Odeh, who had sought to rationalize the actions of the hijackers of the Achille Lauro on a local newscast the previous evening. On 15 August 1985, a sixty-one-year-old Waffen-SS veteran, Tsherim Soobzokov, was bombed at his Paterson, N.J., home and later died of his wounds. In such attacks an anonymous caller would claim the action in the name of the JDL, and afterward an official JDL spokesman would disavow the group's responsibility. In 1987 several JDL members were convicted on a variety of criminal charges, and since then there has been no record of JDL terrorist activity.
As the JDL was very much the personal creation of Rabbi Kahane, following his emigration to Israel in 1971 the group began to experience factionalism. The day immediately following the bombing murder of Alex Odeh, Kahane announced his resignation as JDL leader. Despite the national prominence of the JDL, this group had poor to acrimonious relations with more conventional Jewish political and social organizations, such as B'nai B'rith's Anti-Defamation League, which regarded the JDL as a marginal group and an embarrassment to the American Jewish community. Without the leadership of Rabbi Kahane, who was shot dead by an Egyptian fundamentalist on 5 November 1990 in New York, the prospects for a revival of the JDL appear dim.
While living in Israel, Kahane founded the Kach Party, an ultranationalist group favoring expulsion of the Arabs from both Israel and the occupied territories. Following his death another group, Kahane Chai (Kahane Lives), split off from the Kach group. Many former JDL members who followed Kahane's example in emigrating to Israel joined these groups, often living in settlements within the Occupied Territories. On 25 February 1994, a Kach Party member and former JDL activist, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, opened fire on Palestinian Arabs in the mosque built over the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, killing at least 29 and wounding scores more before he himself was killed. This incident led to anti-Israeli rioting throughout the occupied territories and stymied the peace negotiations underway between the PLO and Israel. On 13 March 1994, the Israeli government banned both the Kach and Kahane Chai groups in an effort to stem the furor caused by the massacre in Hebron.
a Blue Streak" by Joseph P. Kahn, The Boston Globe Staff, 8/23/2000 http://www.leapfrogpress.com/GlobRook.htm
....And then there's [Wellfleet Police Chief Richard] Rosenthal, who just published ''Rookie Cop: Deep Undercover in the Jewish Defense League'' (Leapfrog Press). ...
''Rookie Cop'' revisits Rosenthal's first year on the [New York Police Department] force, when he was plucked fresh from the police academy and assigned to infiltrate the JDL, led by Rabbi Meir Kahane (whose inflammatory slogan was ''Every Jew a twenty-two''). At the time Rosenthal joined the NYPD's Bureau of Special Services, in 1969, Kahane and his followers were suspected of at least one fatal bombing in Manhattan. New to police work, Rosenthal, a Brooklyn native, was cast as the spy who came in from left field. Some JDL members immediately fingered him as a likely informant, not the taxi driver he claimed to be. Despite this, Rosenthal was put in charge of the group's weapons arsenal. Much of his book reads like outtakes from ''The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight,'' with JDL members retreating to a makeshift terrorist camp in upstate New York, trying to manufacture explosives that would actually work. Soviet officials were their principal targets, but African-American groups, the PLO, and even the Ku Klux Klan drew their attention too. Kahane comes across as a forceful if flawed leader, while Rosenthal, as portrayed in the book, walks a fine line between helping the group and thwarting its efforts.
Overlooking the obvious: ''They were a fairly dysfunctional group,'' Rosenthal avers. ''They take a guy like me, a nonreligious, secular Jew who doesn't dress or act like them - that should have been a flag that something was wrong.'' Yet they were so in need of a weapons expert, according to Rosenthal, that JDL members overlooked obvious clues, including the fact that Rosenthal was married to a German-born woman who isn't Jewish. Disorganized, maybe. Even delusional on occasion. But dangerous nonetheless, Rosenthal contends.''They only killed one person, to the best of my knowledge,'' he says. ''But they blew up a lot of places. It was only a matter of time before they killed somebody else. And as the organization evolved, they became very paranoid.'' Kahane and others were arrested on weapons and bomb-making charges in May 1971, ending Rosenthal's undercover role. More than 100 firearms were recovered by state and federal agents. Rosenthal subsequently testified against JDL members during a trial that slapped Kahane with a five-year prison sentence. Kahane later emigrated to Israel; he was assassinated in New York City in 1990.
[Note: While government surveillance of political groups must be condemned, especially when the infiltrator becomes a co-conspirator or a provacateur. However, the public usually will demand that police infiltrate groups that openly espouse political violence, be it repeated street violence or arson, bombings, assassinations, etc. This is a very predictable dynamic.]
Justin Raimond of antiwar.com
also wrote am expose, excerpted below, at http://www.antiwar.com/justin/justincol.html
....THE JDL – A PROFILE IN TERRORISM
Let's get a grip on whom and what we're talking about here: The JDL was founded in 1968 by Rabbi Meir Kahane in Jewish neighborhoods of New York City, first as a vigilante group like the Guardian Angels and quickly moved into the realm of political hooliganism: attacks on Arab diplomatic missions at the UN, and bombings of Soviet tourism, trade, and diplomatic facilities. The FBI listed the JDL as an official "terrorist" organization, and, in the period from 1968-83, law enforcement officials ascribed at least 37 terrorist acts to JDL members. According to the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism, by Sean Anderson and Stephen Sloan (Methuen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1995):
"While the International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events (ITERATE) database developed on behalf of the United States Central Intelligence Agency by Edward F. Mickolus recorded 50 such incidents from 1968-1987, making the JDL second only to the Puerto Rican FALN (q.v.) as the major domestic terrorist group. Nonetheless the JDL is a legally incorporated political action group and has officially disavowed responsibility for any violent actions carried out by its members. Bombings accounted for 78 percent of all JDL terrorist activities; shootings accounted for 16 percent; while arson attacks, vandalism, kidnapping, threats, and verbal harassment accounted for the rest."
ARMED AND DANGEROUS
Rubin has "a long history of political and social activism" alright – it is the history of an organization of outright wackos and racists who are, furthermore, armed and dangerous. These are the same psychopaths who bombed the San Francisco branch of the Iranian Bank Melli on January 26, 1981 and a JDL bomb tore through the Iraqi UN Mission on April 28, 1982.. The JDL planted a bomb in the office of impresario Sol Hurok, who was targeted because he helped arrange performances of Soviet ballet troupes in the United States – and killed one of Hurok's employees. On October 11, 1985, the Los Angeles offices of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was bombed, killing the ADC director Alex Odeh, and on August 15 of the same year 1985, a sixty-one-year-old Tsherim Soobzokov, was bombed at his Paterson, N.J., home and later died of his wounds. As Anderson and Sloan put it: "In such attacks an anonymous caller would claim the action in the name of the JDL, and afterward an official JDL spokesman would disavow the group's responsibility. In 1987 several JDL members were convicted on a variety of criminal charges." When Odeh was killed, Kahane disassociated himself from the group and went to Israel, where he founded the virulently racist Kach movement. Kach advocates the forced expulsion of all Arabs (and non-Jews) from Greater Israel, the creation of a theocratic police state, and a relentless war against the Arab states.
"HE GOT WHAT HE DESERVED"
The death of Odeh did not disturb Rubin in the slightest: he publicly stated that Odeh "got what he deserved," adding "I'm not crying over the death of Alex Odeh. The only reason JDL was brought into the picture is because Arab Americans were putting pressure on the government to blame us for it." While Rubin's group has not been caught breaking the law since the arrest and conviction of JDL members for terrorist acts in the late 1980s, Rubin's warnings about alleged "rising violence" against Jews coupled with his intense desire to be able to get hold of guns sounds an ominous note. Could the JDL be about to go on another terrorist binge – just in time to associate the LP with its demented activities? Although the innocent victims of the JDL's terrorism have our deepest sympathy, it will serve the LP right – what are they doing getting in bed with this nutcase and his cult of deluded and violence-prone followers?....
Irv Rubin, who
himself as the international head of the Jewish Defense League, replied
to Justin Raimondo at: http://chelm.freeyellow.com/liberty.html
Below is a fair use excerpt from that article.
Irv Rubin Speaks: A Response to the Anti-War.Com Attack
By: Irv Rubin July 7, 2000
Raimondo: This is a response to your brutal attacks against me ("Wild
Harry," June 14, 2000).
It is easy to create lies about your enemies from the comfort and security of your website. There you have the nerve to call me a terrorist and ask the Libertarian Party to exclude me from membership. ... The fact of the matter is I am not a terrorist; I am a Jewish activist. I have never attacked the innocent. I have never thrown a punch without being attacked first. I have never vandalized anyone's property. Although I have been arrested on numerous occasions, I am extremely proud of all the arrests that I have experienced as a result of my activism.
... While you cherish the pledge that I took, and had no problem talking of "never initiating violence," your use of JDL's Five Principles, including "barzel," to make me look like a liar is a total distortion. For your information, barzel not only means JDL will do anything and everything to ensure the survival of the Jewish People, but also that no JDL member can punish innocent people.
The truth is, one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter.... While it is true, and there is no denying it, the Feds briefly had us on their list as "terrorists" as a result of my refusal to cry over the death of some PLO apologist, we have long since been removed.
...If all the allegations were true concerning terrorism, one would believe our country's prisons would be filled with JDL members. Yet no one is incarcerated today as a result of JDL activity.
You scoff at JDL tactics, which you imply are anti-Libertarian because we publish names, telephone numbers and addresses of our political enemies on our website. Is this not legal in your view? ....You blame us for a whole litany of terror, but how will you, and whoever else believes the lies, prove it in a court of law? As a libertarian, have you ever heard the phrase "innocent until proven guilty?" We were never convicted of any of the acts you describe in your diatribe. ... While the above stated admissions regarded property, you suggested we are a deadly terrorist organization, who's only goal is to eliminate innocent people. If there were any excesses in the past**, they were the result of the few loose cannons who exist in any group that has militancy as one of its hallmarks. However, it has been almost two decades since any act or incident regarded as remotely militant was laid at our doorstep.
(**Note: see JDL's web page comment on member 1994 Boruch Goldstein's murder of 27 Palestinians below.)
party activist Eric Garris of antiwar.com
wrote a long article, "Irv Rubin and the Libertarian Party" to protest
Irv Rubin's joining the Libertarian Party. Whole article at http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/garris2.html
I was recently taken aback when I read this item in the national Libertarian Party News: Jewish Defense League leader signs up with LP.
I was shocked. They couldn't be talking about Irv Rubin, could they? Unfortunately, that is exactly who they were talking about.
Irv Rubin is the International Chairman of the Jewish Defense League (JDL). I met Rubin in 1972. A political activist friend introduced us with the hope that Rubin could recruit me into the JDL. I am Jewish, and did not know much about the JDL, and I was genuinely interested.
I am not going to pretend to remember the exact words Rubin and I exchanged 28 years ago. But I do recall his emphasis on offensive violence as an integral part of the JDL's activities. I am not a pacifist, and I have never been opposed to using force to defend oneself. However, it was clear to me that Rubin was talking about going beyond defense. He explained that the tactics of "our enemies" justify the use of preemptive violence. And he explained that the hate speech of anti-Semites and racists justified the use of force, that their very speech was in fact an aggression against Jews. When he sensed my resistance to this kind of talk, he assured me that the JDL had many other activities which were completely legal and political in nature. I declined the offer to join the JDL....
The key issue that brought Rubin to the LP was opposition to gun control. In the LP News article, Rubin stated that he agreed with most of the party's positions, except non-interventionism. Not surprisingly, he stressed the importance of continued military aid to Israel. I don't think this is a minor point. Noninterventionism is a key aspect to libertarianism. To ignore it is to ignore the international application of libertarian principles....
Throughout the 80s, the JDL was implicated in many bombings and attacks, including the 1985 bombing of the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee which resulted in the death of their director, Alex Odeh.
At the time, Rubin publicly stated that Odeh "got what he deserved," adding "I'm not crying over the death of Alex Odeh." Rabbi Kahane, however, disavowed the group and moved to Israel. Rubin took over as Chairman.
According to the Historical Dictionary of Terrorism, law enforcement officials have ascribed at least 37 terrorist acts to JDL members..:
They favor expelling all Arabs from both pre-1967 Israel and the occupied West Bank. They further support invading Jordan to take over the East Bank and expelling all the Arabs from there too. They are currently involved in a campaign to get the US to support Israel's campaign of demolishing Palestinian homes on the West Bank.
Email from Eric
on LPUS-MISC, 12 Jun 2001 14:31:23 -0700
Here are some non-RLC [Republical Liberty Caucus] sources concerning violence committed by the JDL:
--JDL co-founder Meir Kahane, a rabid Jewish activist from Brooklyn, later publicly admitted the JDL "bombed the Russian mission in New York, the Russian cultural mission here [Washington] in 1971, the Soviet trade offices."
(Carla Hall, Washington Post, 9/11/84)
--In a 1986 study of domestic terrorism, the Department of Energy concluded: "For more than a decade, the Jewish Defense League (JDL) has been one of the most active terrorist groups in the United States....Since 1968, JDL operations have killed 7 persons and wounded at least 22. ( Department of Energy, Terrorism in the United States and the Potential Threat to Nuclear Facilities, R-3351-DOE, January 1986, pp. 11-16.)
--In 1973, Jerome Zeller, an American JDL member, was indicted on charges of planting the bomb at Hurok's office. He had since moved to Israel and his extradition was requested. Israeli authorities arrested the American
expatriate but released him on $1,200 bail. He later was wounded in the 1973 war. Afterwards, the U.S. again requested extradition, but the response was, said U.S. Attorney Joseph Jaffe, who prosecuted the case, "You can...hold your breath until you die cause you ain't going to get him because he's a national hero." Zeller was later reported living in the occupied West Bank among militant settlers.7 (Robert I. Friedman, "Did this Man Kill Alex Odeh?" Village Voice, 7/12/88.)
--"While the International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events (ITERATE) database developed on behalf of the United States Central Intelligence Agency by Edward F. Mickolus recorded 50 such incidents from 1968-1987, making the JDL second only to the Puerto Rican FALN as the major domestic terrorist group. Nonetheless the JDL is a legally incorporated political action group and has officially disavowed responsibility for any violent actions carried out by its members. Bombings accounted for 78 percent of all JDL terrorist activities; shootings accounted for 16 percent; while arson attacks, vandalism, kidnapping, threats, and verbal harassment accounted for the rest." (Historical Dictionary of Terrorism: http://www.securitymanagement.com/library/000248.html)
on MidEast Affairs http://www.washington-report.org/backissues/0497/9704067.htm
Alex Odeh Memorial Statue Vandalized in "Hate Crime"
by Pat McDonnell Twair April/May 1997 pgs. 67-68
The sickos are back.
At 4:30 a.m. Feb. 6 Santa Ana police received an anonymous call that red paint had been poured on the Alex Odeh Memorial Statue in front of the Santa Ana Central Library. Police headquarters are just yards from the statue, but for the second time in four months, hatemongers got away with defacing the statue. The first incident happened Oct. 11, on the 11th anniversary of Odeh's assassination. He was killed in 1985 when a pipe bomb exploded as he opened the door to enter his Santa Ana office. He was the regional director of the American- Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee and the night before had said on a radio program that Yasser Arafat was a man of peace.
Police estimate that two gallons of paint were thrown on the statue; two sets of paint-soaked footprints were visible from the statue to the nearby curb. The FBI is treating the vandalism as a hate crime.
When the statue was placed in the Santa Ana Civic Center, the Orange County seat, in April 1994, the Jewish Defense League protested vociferously. On Aug. 27, 1996, when the FBI announced a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Odeh's killers, JDL hecklers yelled and shouted obscenities at the FBI spokespersons who announced the reward.
In Washington, DC, ADC President Hala Maksoud voiced her concern that the JDL continues without restraint to slander Odeh and to spread hatred against Odeh and, by implication, against Arab Americans. A case in point is the JDL Web site on the Internet that calls Odeh a "terrorism lover."
In a national statement, Maksoud concluded: "This cowardly act of vandalism highlights the urgency to resolve this case, as AlexĂs murderers are still at large."
Khalil Bendib, the Algerian-American sculptor who created the Odeh statue, told the Washington Report: "I read that there were straight lines of red paint across the neck and wrists as if the perpetrators were trying to kill Alex again. That is sick."
The same sentiment was echoed by Odeh's brother, Sami, who viewed the defaced statue and commented: "Whoever did this must be a sick, deranged person."
Anaheim attorney Stephen Mashney told reporters that not enough is being done to solve violent crimes directed against Arab Americans. "Of course the objective of law enforcement is to protect citizens. But certain groups are not pursued as vigorously as others when it comes to investigating these crimes."
JDL chairman Irv Rubin again went on record stating: "I think the guy [Odeh] is a war criminal."
Immediately after the 1985 assassination the FBI identified three suspects, all of them believed to be affiliated with the JDL, who fled to Israel. Two of the suspects were Robert and Rochelle Manning, who took refuge in the settlement of Jewish religious militants at Kiryat Arba outside Hebron on the West Bank. After years of legal delays Israel consented to the extradition of Robert Manning to the U.S., where he is serving a life sentence for his role in a murder-for-hire plot in which a Manhattan Beach, CA secretary was killed by the explosion of a package bomb mailed to her employer. The Israelis claim Rochelle Manning died of a heart attack just before she, too, was to be extradited to California.
Sample Letter to FBI
Louis Freeh distributed by Arab American Anti-Discrimination in 1997
Formerly at http://www.cin.org/archives/al-bushra/199702/0017.html Al-Bushra Archives
TO:The Honorable Louis J. Freeh United States Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation J. Edgar Hoover Building 935 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20535 Fax: (202) 324-4705
RE: Alex Odeh Murder Investigation
Dear Mr. Freeh:
I am writing as a concerned citizen and member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC). I am taking this opportunity to express my outrage at the lack of progress on the Alex Odeh assassination case over a decade after his murder. Sadly, I can only conclude that this is a reflection of the lack of priority that the government has placed in the Arab-American community. The FBI continues to visit and call upon the Arab-American community to assist them in national and international investigations, and regretfully, the FBI does not deem it proper to return the courtesy.
Alex Odeh was assassinated when a bomb exploded in his face as he opened his office door to the ADC office in California as the organization's West Coast Regional Director. Prior to that incident, an August 1985 bomb was placed in ADC's Roxbury, Massachusetts, office which severely injured an officer attempting to disengage the bomb, and the ADC national office suffered a fire in October 1985. More recently, protestors and hecklers screamed obscenities insulting Odeh's memory and family objecting to the one million dollar reward for information leading to the capture of Odeh's assassins. The FBI has remained silent on our behalf providing only empty assurances that the investigation was a high priority. It obviously is not today nor has it ever been a "high priority" for the FBI.
The desecration of the Alex Odeh Memorial Statue in Santa Ana, California as the Los Angeles Times reports has now occurred twice and the Times quotes FBI special agent Gary Morley as stating "the information is being included in the investigation of the Odeh bombing." This means to the Arab-American community that it is being filed in a drawer of least priority at the Bureau. The community will not tolerate such inefficient treatment of the Odeh case any longer.
ADC has forwarded a letter requesting a meeting with you regarding this case, and included a copy of JDL's hateful webpage regarding Mr. Odeh and ADC activists. We are demanding your attention to this case, and will no longer accept minuscule attention.
I have forwarded copies of this letter to my congressional representatives to emphasize the gravity of this situation.
SIGN YOUR NAME
on MidEast Affairs on Murder of Ismail Al-Faruqi
Lobbies and Activists November 1986, Page 15
On Arabs and Islam by Anthony B. Toth
A tragic event that galvanized American Muslims and Arab Americans was the murderous attack on the Ismail al-Faruqi family last May. Dr. Ismail Raji al-Faruqi was a prominent Islamic scholar at Temple University. On May 27 a knife-wielding man broke into the Faruqi home in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, and viciously attacked al-Faruqi, his wife, Lois, and their daughter, Anmar al-Zein. Al-Faruqi and his wife died from their wounds and the daughter survived, but required 200 stitches to close her wounds....
At about the same time, ADC published an eight-page "Special Report" on the murders, including a detailed account of the crime, its victims, and the current status of the investigation. Although nothing was missing from the house, some investigators working on the case believe the murders resulted from a bungled burglary attempt; however, the police lieutenant in charge of the investigation described the incident as an assassination, saying that "someone took it upon themselves" to kill al-Faruqi. In view of the rise of violent anti-Arab and anti-Muslim incidents in recent years, the report suggests that the murders could very well have been politically motivated. In addition, the report mentions al-Faruqi's status as a visible pro-Palestinian spokesman, notes the strength of the Philadelphia chapter of the Jewish Defense League (JDL), and cites an article about al-Faruqi's anti-Zionist positions in the Near East Report (the weekly newsletter of the America Israel Public Affairs Committee) as evidence that the professor was in the "zone of danger" described by the FBI earlier this year. The FBI, however, has not become directly involved in the case because it sees no evidence of a federal offense.
Related information from listing of History of Arabs http://www.dawanet.com/history/amermuslimhist.asp
1986 "Dr. Isma'il R. al-Faruqi," the founder of the "American Muslim Social Scientists" organization and the International Institute of Islamic Thought, and his wife are murdered in their home outside Philadelphia. Dr. Faruqi and his wife are the authors of the Cultural Atlas of Islam and many other books. His murder was predicated without name by the president of Jewish Defence League one week before his death in the Village Voice, New York by claiming that within a week an outspoken Palestinian professor will be eliminated.
The Jewish Defense League web page JDL.Org includes numerous apologetics for harassment, intimidation and even terrorist actions not only against verified anti-Semites, but upon nonviolent Palestinian rights activists and Christian cartoonists and theme parks.
How does JDL feel about Dr. Boruch Goldstein? [Note: In 1994 Goldstein open fired on and murdered 29 Palestinians who were at prayer in the Ibrahim Mosque and injured scores more.]
Dr. Goldstein was a brilliant surgeon, a mild-mannered Yeshiva-educated man who was promoted to the rank of major in the IDF. He was warned by his superiors in the military to prepare an open field hospital in anticipation of another murderous attack by the hostile Arab population of Hevron during the Jewish festival of Purim. Many of these Arabs were standing outside Goldstein's synagogue in the Cave of the Patriarchs and yelling "Slaughter the Jew." Goldstein had lost 30 close friends in the last few years; they were murdered by Arabs in the Hevron-Kiryat Arba area. One of those was the son of his best friend, Mordechai Lapid; as Goldstein rushed to give the young man medical aid, he was held back by the Arabs on the scene and the young man died. Additionally, as there is proof that the Arabs were hoarding food and supplies in response to a Muslim call for a massacre on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we feel that Goldstein took a preventative measure against yet another Arab attack on Jews. We understand his motivation, his grief and his actions. And we are not ashamed to say that Goldstein was a charter member of the Jewish Defense League.
didn't the JDL condemn the 1985 murder of Alex Odeh, director of
the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee? Did JDL have
to do with the bombing that killed him?
It is true that JDL National Chairman Irv Rubin publicly stated that Odeh "got what he deserved" in the bombing of the ADC offices in Santa Ana, California. He also said, "I'm not crying over the death of Alex Odeh. My tear ducts are dry. My tears were used up crying for Leon Klinghoffer." Rubin made these passionate statements after observing Odeh on television less than 24 hours before his death on the local ABC news whitewashing the PLO's involvement in the death of the wheelchair-bound Klinghoffer on the hijacked cruise ship Achille Lauro. Odeh praised the PLO and called Arafat a man of peace. JDL believes -- and there is no information to the contrary -- that Odeh was murdered by his own people, probably Hamas, who believed Odeh to be too moderate.
From "Is This Any
for A Nice Jewish Boy to Behave? http://jdl.org/misc/behave.html
The Justice Department was, regrettably, successful for a period in the eighties when they classified the JDL as a terrorist organization because of the vindictive and hate-filled efforts of Arab lobbyists, diplomats and politicians – verbal terrorists themselves – who conducted their theatrical brand of D.C. politics. This period was one of the most difficult and arduous times for JDL Founder Rabbi Meir Kahane, OBM, and the rest of the JDL leadership. I recall how upset and angry this made one of JDL's most visible and outspoken leaders at that time, JDL's West Coast Co-coordinator and now our International Chairman, Irv Rubin. Having been asked and entrusted before The Rav's, OBM, tragic assassination to continue his legacy, Mr. Rubin is probably the most committed leader of a major Jewish organization in the world today.
Through Mr. Rubin's forceful efforts and pointed arguments in countering both Arab and US Government attacks on the credibility of the Jewish Defense League, the JDL continues into the year 2000 and beyond. Through his intelligent leadership and administration, Irv has thwarted the application of any such labels approaching law enforcement's once unstickable tag of "terrorist organization." Though its enemies tried so hard to make that designation stick, the effective and decisive JDL leadership once again invoked its motto of "Never Again" and succeeded in deflecting these attempts to tarnish the outstanding record of JDL on defending Jewish causes and upholding Jewish rights anywhere at anytime.
Interview with JDL Chairman Irv Rubin about the December 2000 confrontation with the KKK and other neo-nazis in Skokie, Illinois is classic street fighter rhetoric.
From "The Five
of the Jewish Defense League" http://jdl.org/information/five_principles.html
BARZEL -- IRON JDL upholds the principle of Barzel -- iron -- the need to both move to help Jews everywhere and to change the Jewish image through sacrifice and all necessary means -- even strength, force and violence. The Galut image of the Jew as a weakling, as one who is easily stepped upon and who does not fight back is an image that must be changed. Not only does that image cause immediate harm to Jews but it is a self-perpetuating thing. Because a Jew runs away or because a Jew allows himself to be stepped upon, he guarantees that another Jew in the future will be attacked because of the image that he has perpetuated. JDL wants to create a physically strong, fearless and courageous Jew who fights back. We are changing an image, an image born of 2,000 years in the Galut, an image that must be buried because it has buried us. We train ourselves for the defense of Jewish lives and Jewish rights. We learn how to fight physically, for it is better to know how and not have to, than have to and not know how.
JDL founder Meir
wrote a book THEY MUST GO recommending expulsion of Arabs/Palestinians
from Israel and was elected to Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in 1984 on
that platform. While I could not find a specific reference to
on the web page, Irv Rubin's JDL has not repudiated that postion. http://www.kahane.org/meir/theymustgo.html
Excerpt from Chapter 10
...For all those decades Jewish and Israeli leaders refused to tell the truth about the remedy of the Arab problem in thethe Land of Israel. They preferred to avoid it and to lie to world Jewry. It is not surprising that any sudden policy that calls for transfer of the Arabs will meet with astonishment and guilt. It is imperative that there begins, today, a campaign among world Jewry to explain the full extent of the Arab hatred and danger. The complete truth must be told to the masses of good Jews both to justify the need to remove the Arabs and to expose the dangers of the liberal Establishment bloc.....
The problem in the Jew who stupidly equates the transfer of Arabs with Hitler's genocide of the Jews, as if we were advocating gas chambers or the killing of the Arabs in any form. As if the separation of Jews and Arabs will not save Arab and Jewish lives both! As if it is not precisely the policy of the perverted moralists that will lead eventually to the horrible bloodbath the Jewish realists see all too well!.....
How cruel are the overly righteous, the carriers of perverted morality, the unthinking, the gentilized. How many Jewish women and children will die because of the mercy of the overly righteous to the cruel? The foolish children, the twisted adults, all calling in the name of "humanity" for the destruction of the Jewish state - they will be the problem, nothing else.
"LP NEWS" MARCH 2000
Jewish Defense League leader signs up with LP JDL head: Jews "need the Second Amendment"
The leader of a prominent and controversial Jewish organization has joined the Libertarian Party, saying that American Jews "need the Second Amendment" and that "the Libertarian approach is important for the entire Jewish community."
Irv Rubin, International Chairman of the Jewish Defense League, became a member of the LP late last year, motivated in part, he said, by "recent attacks on Jews," such as the shootings in the Midwest last July.
That kind of anti-Semitic violence -- and the assault on gun rights by Republicans and Democrats -- has made the Libertarian Party's principled defense of the Second Amendment and other civil liberties crucial for the future of America, he said.
"The attack on the Second Amendment by both major parties is, in my opinion, intolerable," he said. "[And] my desire for less government and more freedom for the individual led me to join the party."
Rubin brings to the Libertarian Party a long history of political and social activism -- and an association with an organization that has been both praised and condemned for its vow "to defend Jewish rights, property, individuals, institutions, and honor by any means necessary."
The Jewish Defense League (JDL), founded in 1968 by Rabbi Meir Kahane, is a nationwide organization dedicated to opposing anti-Semites, neo-Nazis, white-supremacists, and other racists, using rallies, demonstrations, public confrontation, and publicity campaigns.
For example, Rubin has personally been arrested more than 30 times for agitating against neo-Nazis. And the JDL was denied a permit to join a counter-protest against a Ku Klux Klan demonstration in Washington, DC in 1999 after the group candidly told the Park Service that its members would disregard police barriers in an effort to physically prevent the Klan from marching.
The JDL's uncompromising stance against the KKK even led to an assassination attempt against Rubin in 1978.
Incidents like that, he said, convinced him of the importance of the right to keep and bear arms.
"My co-religionists need the second Amendment," said Rubin. "[And] Jews need liberty in order to survive."
Before joining the party, Rubin was a lifelong Republican -- but the GOP's vacillation on gun rights, he said, coupled with "the overwhelming moralizing and Christian influence of the far right wing of the Republican Party," convinced him that it was time to leave.
However, Rubin's political criticisms aren't confined to the Right; Democrats have also failed American Jews, he said.
"The Democratic Party, with its socialist leanings, has punished the Jew by stripping away his individuality, making him part of a herd mentality," he charged. "The Democratic Party should not be the home of the Jewish people."
Rubin said he agrees with the Libertarian Party on almost every issue except non-interventionism, arguing that the LP should endorse the U.S. government's military support for Israel. (See relevant excerpt from Libertarian Party Platform.)
However, on almost every other subject, Rubin said he endorses LP positions -- and thinks the LP and the JDL can work together to accomplish mutual goals.
"When vicious racists give Americans a bad name, Libertarians should speak up," he said. "When this government becomes too religious [and] contrary to the Constitution, Libertarians must speak up."
Rubin grew up in Montreal and came to the United States with his family in 1961. He served in the U.S. Air Force and joined the Jewish Defense League in 1971.
In 1973, he went to Israel to join the civil defense corps following the outbreak of the Yom Kippur War. He succeeded Rabbi Meir Kahane as the head of the JDL in 1985.
Rubin said he intends to be an active Libertarian Party member, and may someday seek elected office as a Libertarian.
"I am not just a Jewish activist -- I am an American who has great concerns about the current left-wing direction of this nation," he said. "My LP membership gives me a platform that I currently don't have in the broad general public -- [and] I hope for a glorious future in the Libertarian Party."
LETTERS TO LPNEWS
IRV RUBIN JOINING THE PARTY
May 2000 Waiving Principles?
In the March issue of LP News, I see that one Irv Rubin, leader of the Jewish Defense League, has joined the Libertarian Party. The article notes that Rubin disagrees with the Libertarians' fundamental stance against the use of violence to bring about social or political change.
Don't all new members have to agree, in writing, to forswear the introduction of violence? Why is Rubin exempt? Can we all just select the principles we favor and ignore the rest?
Do we need a member who admits to being arrested over 30 times in confrontations and for joining to obtain a platform for his religious group? I, for one, sure as hell don't want this guy ever claiming to speak for me as a Libertarian. -- George Holiday, Downey, California
"Sort Of" Libertarian
So Irv Rubin wants to be a Libertarian. That's fine; there is room in the movement for all, I suppose.
But must the movement celebrate his personal conversion? Is the movement that desperate for JDL resources that we must pander to groups like his? While LP News was open to sharing the brighter side of the JDL's activities, they failed to mention the more proto-fascist activities that the JDL engages in.
Much as an emerging Gestapo in a pre-fascist nation prepares a dossier on "enemies of the state" before its coup, one can always expect to see JDL members in parking lots at demonstration sites with cameras and notepads collecting info on attendees at demonstrations against sanctions on Iraq. Why they want our names and numbers, I don't know.
Irv Rubin makes a fine point about the right to bear arms, but one can love guns without loving liberty, without loving the right of an indigenous people to be free from arbitrary home demolitions by an unjust state (as in Israel, currently).
I believe the LP's stand against interventionism is premised for this very reason, when one group of people is given an undue advantage through foreign aid and coercion over another people they are more apt to exercise their unfound dominance ruthlessly and without any regard for the life or liberty of the other people, than if, the resources they must invest for this "privilege" are those of their own.
Perhaps LP News should reconsider the way it celebrates its members who "sort of" love liberty. -- Michael Zacharia, La Mirada, California Non-Initiation of Force
The article "Jewish Defense League leader signs up with LP," March
raises the issue of the relationship between the principles of the JDL
and those of Libertarianism.
It is true that the principles of limited government, the Second Amendment, and freedom for the individual are beneficial to all, and have a special contribution to make to the Jewish community. It is unfortunate, however, that the JDL advocates "any means necessary" for its objectives.
The Libertarian position of non-initiation of force is in my view the correct one. It allows for violence as a response to oppression as existed in Hitler's Germany, Stalin's Russia and many other situations (such as existed in Palestine). However, it does not justify force in places such as America, where there is the option of employing the marketplace of ideas to fight injustice.
Moreover, the promulgation of ideas is advantageous for a just cause, while settlement by force is advantageous to tyranny.
In my view Meir Kahane weakened and discredited a noble cause by his view that the end justifies the means. He was courageous in speaking truth to power, but could not be taken at his word, once one recognized that he would employ the means of fabrication, to reach the end of influence.
The JDL has a lot to gain from the Libertarian Party, but most of all from its position of non-initiation of force. -- Allen Weingarten, Morristown, New Jersey http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0005/themailbox5.html
July 2000 JDL And
I continue to be troubled by the announcement in the March issue of LP News that Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin has joined our party. Of course, one has to admire his qualities of leadership, sincerity, and loyalty to causes. Nevertheless, his so-called joining arouses basic concerns of utmost gravity.
Has Irv signed our pledge against initiation of force? If so, he must renounce his affiliation with the JDL, because it embraces violence as a means for its ends. Has he?
The day the LP advocates supporting foreign governments, like Rubin wants, will be its last, having lost its identity. It will have become another "Tweedle," aiming for kickback votes and contributions and deals. -- D.M. Fowle, Palm Beach, Florida http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0007/mailbox3.html
August 2000 He
This is in response to a recent letter appearing on the LP website regarding Irv Rubin's joining the Libertarian Party [The MailBox, May 2000].
It is true that Irv may disagree with some extreme pacifist Libertarians on exactly where the initiation of force begins. However, he is head of the Jewish DEFENSE league, not the Jewish Initiation of Force League.
Irv may not speak "Libertarian-ese" yet, but I guarantee his joining the Libertarian Party did not come lightly to him, nor was it inspired by some kind of ulterior motive. I encouraged Irv to join the LP because, in talking with him, I found he was a "Libertarian in Denial" (someone who is philosophically a Libertarian, but still registered with one of the old parties). Irv Rubin impressed me as an idea-driven, civil rights activist and a Libertarian.
As for his motives, lets face it, it is not easy to be a practicing Libertarian. People look at you funny. No one will join the LP without a lot of soul searching, especially a lifelong Republican who has run for office under their flag.
Irv came to us in search of the tolerance he did not find in the Republican Party. We must show him, and everyone else, that we are indeed Libertarians.
Reservations about Irv are simply manifestations of LP growing pains. We will experience many of them if we continue to grow. We have to understand that lots of people are going to join who don't speak our quirky philosophical language, but agree with us completely (or almost completely).
I would not have encouraged Irv to join if I did not think he belonged with us. He has signed the pledge [renouncing the initiation of force to achieve social or political goals], and he rates 100% on the Nolan Chart.
He also brings us a lifetime of experience in street activism and media manipulation. This is something we desperately need to learn. The LP's size requires us to be louder and more passionate in order to get our views heard. We need to get into the streets, roll up our sleeves, get a little dirty, and take our views to the people, rather than just talk philosophy and read Ayn Rand. Irv can teach us these things.
And yes, Irv has been arrested opposing murderous fascists, racists, Klansmen, Nazis, and anti-Semites. Is there something wrong with that? -- Mark Selzer, Los Angeles, California http://www.lp.org/lpnews/0008/mailbox2.html
Militants Indicted in LA for Bomb Plot
Thursday January 10 8:05 PM ET (excerpt)
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The leader and one member of the militant Jewish Defense League were indicted in Los Angeles on Thursday on federal charges of plotting to bomb a Southern California mosque and a U.S. congressman's office, prosecutors said. If convicted, they could face life in prison.
JDL Chairman Irv Rubin, 56, and his follower, Earl Krugel, 59, allegedly plotted to bomb the King Fahd mosque in the Los Angeles suburb of Culver City, and the office of Southern California Republican congressman Darrell Issa, who is of Lebanese Christian descent. The bombing was allegedly supposed to occur on or around Dec. 13 last year.
The two men are charged with conspiracy, conspiracy to use a destructive device, attempted arson, attempted arson of a United States government facility, possession of a destructive device in furtherance of a crime of violence and solicitation to commit a crime of violence, according to the indictment.
Rubin, who assumed leadership of the militant Jewish group in 1985 from its controversial founder, the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, is also charged with one count each of unlawful possession of a machine gun and possession of an unregistered firearm. Rubin allegedly had in his possession an unregistered Sten 9 millimeter Mark V machine gun, prosecutors said.
If convicted of the charges Rubin faces a maximum penalty of two life sentences plus 75 years, while
Krugel could serve up to 95 years in prison.
In announcing their arrests last month, federal officials said the two men plotted with a third, a former JDL member turned government informant, to make and detonate bombs. The informant told authorities of the plot last October and agreed to wear a wire in his meetings with Rubin and Krugel, officials said. No bombs were detonated and no one was injured.
A complaint against the two men said that Krugel told the informant that the bombings were necessary because ``Arabs need a wake-up call.'' At that meeting Rubin added that the JDL needs to let people know they are ``alive in a militant way.''
Copley News Service,
20, 2001 Thursday
Issa in media firestorm with "brassy" commentator
By Joe Cantlupe (excerpts)
Rep. Darrell Issa's battle with a flamboyant conservative Internet columnist who called the Arab-American lawmaker "jihad Darrell" has become a bizarre sideshow to a recent plot to bomb his district office in San Clemente.
Issa and his aides said columns written by a Detroit-based lawyer might have inflamed Jewish Defense League officials, who allegedly were targeting the San Diego County lawmaker.
One of the suspects, Irving David Rubin, chairman of the JDL, gave copies of the Internet commentaries to an FBI informant, who helped thwart a plot to blow up a Los Angeles mosque and one of Issa's offices, according to a source familiar with the case.
Rubin and a JDL associate, Earl Leslie Krugel, have been held without bail since their arrests on federal charges in California on Dec. 11. They have denied the charges. Initially, authorities contend, the suspects had targeted the mosque but later added Issa as a target after they came across one of the Internet columns written by political commentator Debbie Schlussel, according to Issa.
...Schlussel, in a recent phone interview, was stunned to learn of reports that one of the suspects may have cited one of her columns attacking Issa. She only urged readers to vote against him in the next election, nothing violent, she said.
"It was horrible anybody would target (Issa) or anyone else. I condemn it unequivocally," said Schlussel.
JDL Chairman Irv
Attempts Suicide in LA
LOS ANGELES (AP) 11.04.02, 12:18p -- Jailed Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin attempted suicide and was hospitalized Monday as he was about to be brought to court for a hearing on charges of trying to bomb a mosque and an Arab-American congressman's office, federal authorities said. "Irv Rubin attempted suicide this morning," U.S. marshal's service spokesman Bill Woolsey said.
Rubin used a razor blade in the 6 a.m. suicide attempt, Woolsey said.
There were immediate conflicting reports about Rubin's condition. His wife, Shelley, and son, Ari, told The Associated Press that Rubin's lawyers told them he had died in surgery. Bryan Altman, one of Rubin's attorneys, refused to confirm that account but said he would issue a statement later.
Fellow attorney Mark Werksman told reporters that Rubin slashed his neck with a razor and jumped over a railing as he was called out of his cell at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center. Rubin fell up to 18 feet, Werksman said.
....The JDL, whose symbol is a raised fist inside a Star of David, has the motto "Never Again," referring to the World War II murder of 6 million Jews. It was founded in 1968 by Meir Kahane to mount armed response to anti-Semitic acts in New York City.
The group was suspected in a 1985 bombing in Santa Ana that killed Southern California Arab anti-discrimination leader Alex Odeh, but no arrests were ever made.
JDL Leader Irv Rubin
Thu Nov 14, 7:05 AM ET By Gren Risling, Associated Press Writer (excerpt)
LOS ANGELES (AP) -
Defense League leader Irv Rubin, who made a career out of confronting
he considers enemies of Israel and the Jewish people, died in a
after attempting to commit suicide in jail last week, authorities said.
He was 57.
Rubin had been in a medically induced coma since Nov. 4 but died at about 11:45 p.m. Wednesday, said Adelaida De La Cerda, a spokeswoman at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. No other details were immediately available.
Federal officials said Rubin slashed his neck with a prison-issued razor blade on Nov. 4 and tumbled 18 feet over a railing at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center.
The apparent suicide attempt occurred just hours before Rubin was to make a court appearance on charges he allegedly plotted to bomb a Southern California mosque and the office of Rep. Darrell E. Issa, R-Calif., who is the grandson of Lebanese immigrants. Fellow JDL member Earl Krugel was also arrested in connection with the alleged scheme.
...In 1989, the leader of the rival Jewish Defense Organization was charged with firing shots at Rubin and wounding three others in New York. Mordechai Levy was convicted of assault.
... Rubin could often be found protesting outside courthouses where white supremacists were being tried or even clashing with Ku Klux Klan members on "The Jerry (news - web sites) Springer Show." He once offered $500 to anyone who "kills, maims or seriously injures" a member of the American Nazi Party, and last year, he urged Jews across the country to arm themselves in the face of violence against minorities.
Krugel pleads guilty to charges
By Robert Jablon Associated Press
... Earl Krugel, 60, of Reseda, his hands cuffed and shackled to his waist, changed his pleas to guilty Tuesday in federal court. The short, bald former dental assistant spoke quietly as he admitted to one count
of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of the users of the mosque and one count of carrying an explosive device
in connection with a conspiracy to impede or injure an officer of the United States.
.... "We are facing a political climate where it's difficult to defend alleged actions of domestic terrorism," attorney Mark Werksman said. In addition, the prosecution had hours of "extremely incriminating" recorded conversations between Krugel, late JDL leader Irv Rubin and a teenager who was an FBI informant,Werksman said. However, Werksman said Krugel and Rubin were "explicit" in their discussions that only property damage was intended and "nobody was supposed to get hurt." Had the case gone to trial, the lawyer said he would have argued that Krugel and Rubin were entrapped into making the statements by overzealous FBI agents.
Hours before both men were set to appear in court Nov. 4, Rubin slashed his neck with a prison-issued razor blade and tumbled 18 feet over a railing at the downtown federal Metropolitan Detention Center, according to federal officials. He died nine days later.
Rubin's estate has filed a $5 million wrongful death claim against the U.S. government. His wife, Shelley,
said Tuesday that she was shocked by the plea agreement and insisted that her late husband had nothing to
do with any bomb plot.
Irv Rubin Killed in 9-11 Mop Up?
By Michael Collins Piper, American Free Press
Did the late Irv Rubin have inside knowledge about the fact that Israeli intelligence operatives were trailing the alleged 9-11 hijackers while they were “on the ground” in California? -- When JDL chief Irv Rubin’s friends cry that their leader may have been murdered in federal custody, they may not be far off the mark. Rubin may have known too much for his own good and threatened to reveal—during his scheduled trial–his Mossad connection. Undoubtedly, Rubin and his henchman, Earl Krugel, were as surprised as anybody when the Justice Department charged them last year with conspiring to blow up a mosque and the office of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). For years Rubin and Krugel and the JDL were almost “untouchable,” given free rein to practice their terrorist activities with virtually no sanction whatsoever. As such, there appears to be a lot more to the quite unexpected indictment of Rubin and Krugel than meets the eye. As a growing body of evidence indicates, much of which has already been reported in AFP, Israeli intelligence operatives were almost certainly monitoring at least some of the Sept. 11 hijackers when the hijackers-to-be were operating in California prior to 9-11. And considering the fact that the JDL is known to have closely cooperated on numerous fronts with Israeli intelligence, it is likely that Rubin—now conveniently dead by “suicide”—and Krugel may have been aware of this operation.
NOTE: The above
is included because it is one theory circulating - one that is unlikely
ever be proved, even if true. Justin
Raimondo of antiwar.com has written a number of articles about
Israeli intelligence and a book called The Terror Enigma: Israel
the 911 Connection. He believes that Israel had prior
knowledge of the September 11th attacks which
it did not share with American intelligence.