Settler network promotes racist comics to bring Meir Kahane to a new generation of Israelis

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The following comic celebrating the life of Meir Kahane appeared last week on an Israeli website called the Israel News Network, which is associated with Arutz Sheva and the settler movement. Kahane was the founder of the fascist Jewish Defense League and the Kach movement, which was barred in Israel for promoting racism, and his ideology has been influential in Israel where he was a longtime proponent of forcing Palestinian citizens of Israel out of the country. The comic has been translated by Dena Shunra.

Rabbi Kahane for children, too

An original way of teaching the path and heritage of Rabbi Meir Kahane to the young generation: a comic book called Rabbi Meir, Miracle Man [this alludes to a 5th century warrior-rabbi who’s buried near Tiberias]

Published: 21 Oct. 2010 – Uzi Baruch

People at the Jewish Idea Yeshiva are acting in an original way to teach the path and heritage of Rabbi Meir Kahane to the younger generation. The distribution of a comic book called Rabbi Meir, Miracle Man will be distributed in a few days. The book is about the path, heritage, and acitvity of Rabbi Kahane.

The book holds many examples of his activity in a variety of subjects, including: the activity he did abroad, within the Jewish Defense League, opening the gates of the Soviet Union, and until his arrival in Israel and establishment of the Kach Movement, which had as its goal to turn the State of Israel into a Jewish state and to fight against the enemies of Israel. [ambiguous use of “Israel” – he could mean either the country or “the Jews”].

Knesset Member Dr. Michael Ben Ari says that nowadays, when people are talking about Rabin’s heritage and about political assassination, it is important and appropriate to remember that Rabbi Kahane was also assassinated for political reasons and that his heritage currently teaches more than ever that Rabbi Kahane was right. “The younger generation must also be taught the image of the man who fought for the honor of Israel and acted for the people of Israel and for the land of Israel,” he said.

Miracle Man. Writing: Naama Nieman Illustrations: Dikla Sagiv


[Top right panel]

[Blue shirt boy:] I’m so sad I didn’t get to meet him.
[Gray shirt man] At least you got to be named after him.
[White shirt man:] You can study his books and get to know his theory. Rabbi Kahane left many books behind, and many lessons that he gave were recorded and disseminated widely.
[Plaid shirt man:] While you did not know him personally, the stories let you know him.
[Green shirt boy:] True, I really feel as though I had seen him myself.

[top left panel]
[Green shirt boy:] We are apparently only at the beginning of the road…
[Blue shirt boy:] Thank you for everything you taught us.
[Plaid shirt man:] You’re welcome. My prayer for you is that you have the privilege to put into practice the things that you learned.

[Middle row, right panel]
[yellow caption:] At home…

[Man with moustache] Hello, Meir-David, you’ve finally gotten here. Come see what I found.
[Blue shirt boy:] A MOVIE?
[Man with moustache] A movie about a popular meeting

[Middle row, middle panel] [VCR, TV, Kahane speaking]

[Middle row, left panel]
[Man with moustache] Did you hear what Rabbi Kahane Said? It’s just incredible, the meeting was held in 5750 [1980], when the PLO and its leader, Arafat, were considered the greatest enemies of Israel. Anyone who dared meet with Arafat was considered a traitor and tossed into prison, and then Rabbi Kahane said in his speech that you only have two options: either Kahane or Arafat.
[Blue shirt boy:] I do not understand. What is so incredible? What exactly does he mean?

[Bottom row, right panel]
[Man with moustache] He means that if they don’t listen to him and don’t get the Arabs out of the country, the day will come that there will be no choice and we’ll bring into here our greatest enemy.
[Bottom row, middle panel] [probably moustache man again] What’s incredible is that to our great sorrow, years later that did indeed happen, and Arafat came into the country.

[Bottom row, left panel]
[Blue shirt boy:] How did he know that? Was he a prophet?
[Man with moustache] No, he just knew how to see reality as it was.


[Top right panel] After the holiday of sukkot 5751, Rabbi Kahane went abroad, to give lectures in the U.S. At a lecture in New York, in a big Jewish college.

[Top middle panel] An Arab approached the stage and shot him twice.

[Top left panel]

[Plaid shirt man] Rabbi Kahane fell dead, and had enough time to say “Shma Yisrael”.
[Blue shirt boy] That is so sad!
[Green shirt boy:] And the funeral?

[Middle row, Right panel] His remains were brought to Israel. The funeral came right out of here, out of the Yeshiva. Before the coffin arrived the area was full of masses of people, all the streets by the Yeshiva were filled with more than 150,000 people…

[Middle row, Middle panel]

[Green shirt boy:] Were there so many people who loved him?

[Plaid shirt man] Yes, apparently so. Rabbis and public leaders eulogized him, including the Rishon LeZion, Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu, may the memory of that sainted man be blessed. He said as follows:

[Middle row, Left panel] People were not sufficiently familiar with Rabbi Kahane, his righteousness and scholarship, his fear of God. Rabbi Kahane gave much money to families and helped the many people who turned to him.

[Bottom row, Left panel]

[Plaid shirt man] I will tell you another story: the Kabala expert Rabbi Meir Yehuda Katz, may the memory of that sainted man be blessed, the rabbi of the Wailing Wall, joined the funeral procession and said:

[Bottom row, Left panel]

I dreamt tonight that the Messiah, descendant of Joseph*, was murdered in the United States. I could not sleep well, and when I woke up I heard the news that Rabbi Kahane was murdered.

[Yellow panel] * Traditionally, the Messiah, descendant of Joseph, deals in the practical and material salvation of the People of Israel.


[Top left panel]

[Green shirt] So what was the activity in the Kach Movement?
[Moustache man] It was very important to Rabbi Kahane to spread the truth and bring redemption closer. Every day he would go from place to place, throughout the country, and call on Jews to wake up.
[Beard man] He had conferences, took part in events, visited towns, villages, and markets and initiated meetings at homes. It was very important for him to connect with the people.

[Top left panel] At least three times a week the Rabbi would go to a popular meeting, and each such day he would hold at least three popular meetings in different places.

[Middle row, Middle panel] What were the main messages he gave in those talks?

[Middle row, Left panel] He called for the removal of the goyim from the land of Israel.

[bottom row, right to left]

[1] for retuning the Temple Mount to Jewish control
[2] for establishing Jewish sovereignty over all parts of the land of Israel
[3] and for restoration of Jewish honor.
[4] [Moustache man] I also remember that he also talked a lot about the social problems:


Top panel, clockwise, starting from the fist in the star]

Never again
Never again humiliation of Jews!
Never again Jews being slaughtered!
Never again desecration of God

Instead, Jews standing erect.

With no fear of the goyim.

[lower right panel]

[Blue shirt] I’m so glad you named me for him. I did not know how fortunate I was. When will I be able to meet Baruch Marzel already?
[Moustache man] I’ll call and coordinate a meeting with him. You know that it’s [very cold?] in Hebron. Maybe we’ll combine the meeting with him with a Vatikin prayer at the Patriarchs’ Burial Grave.
[Lower left panel] How nice! I haven’t been at the Patriarchs’ Burial Grave for a long time. I’m sure Elkana and his father will be glad to join.


[Top row, Right]

[Moustache man] I can also tell you an interesting story that I just read in a new book by Rabbi Shlomo Zalamn Auerbach, who was one of the greatest rabbis in our generation and lived next door to the Jewish Defense League offices.
[Blue shirt] Which would later be called the Kach movement…

[Top row, Left] Moshe Nieman, who was Rabbi Kahane’s right-hand man, says that when Rabbi Shlomo Zalamn Auerbach used to pass by the Kach Movement offices…

[Middle row, Right] He used to punch a fist, with a big smile on his face, and say “right on!” to the activists.

[Middle row, Left]

[Blue shirt] A fist?! Why a fist?

[Moustache man] The symbol of the Jewish Defense League was a star of David with a clenched fist inside it.

[Bottom row, Right] And that symbol is also a story in its own right. After the liberation of the German death camps, in WWII, a picture was found on one of the walls, showing a star of David with a fist inside, and the Yiddish words: “Jews! Revenge!”

[graffiti:] Yiddalach! Nekama!

[Bottom row, Middle] The picture was drawn by a Jew before he was murdered in the Holocaust.

[Bottom row, Left] Rabbi Kahane adopted the symbol, but added to it the words: “Never again!”


[Top panel, Top segment then clockwise]

He brought up the subject at demonstrations, everywhere possible;

Dance troupes that came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union were showered with boos from the Jewish Defense League Members;

Russian diplomats were afraid to walk free, lest they be hurt.

[sign] Let my people go.

Demonstrations were held in front of every Soviet embassy around the world.

And that was how the problem of the Jews in the Soviet Union came into international consciousness.

[Lower right panel]

[Blond, blue-eyed man] Excuse me for jumping in. My name is Dmitry. I heard that you’re talking about Rabbi Kahane.

[Green shirt] Ha! There’s another person who knows him…

[Lower left panel] No, no, I’m sorry to say that I did not have the privilege of getting to know him, although I did get to see him once!

60 Responses

  1. Bumblebye
    October 26, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Truly sinister. Fascism as the core of Zionism.

    • Mooser
      October 27, 2010, 10:59 am

      Judaism as a Chick tract. Anybody got a few minims of good ol’ Prussic acid?

  2. Shmuel
    October 26, 2010, 4:23 pm

    What, nothing about Gloria Jean D’Argenio?

    • Chu
      October 26, 2010, 9:35 pm

      how often I forget Kahane was from Brooklyn.

    • Chu
      October 26, 2010, 9:52 pm

      wow, from article:

      As I was leaving my first meeting with him, he handed me some League brochures with an advertisement asking for contributions to “the Estelle Donna Evans Foundation,” described as a fund to help needy people in Israel. I returned to ask about it. Yes, said the rabbi, she was a gentile who had worked as his secretary in the consulting venture. She had died tragically and her well-to-do family, he said, endowed the foundation. He was very convincing, but as I checked the story, the facts turned out to be quite different.

      SHE was not rich. Her real name was Gloria Jean D’Argenio. She adopted Estelle Donna Evans when she looked for modeling jobs. By 1966 she was involved in a romance with Rabbi Kahane. She was 22 years old. Her roommate told me that Estelle had told her the rabbi had promised marriage. Then, the roommate said, he sent a letter breaking everything off, admitting he was married with children and saying he could not leave them. On July 30, Estelle Donna Evans jumped from the bridge. Pulled from the water, she died in Bellevue the next day. The letter was in her pocketbook.

      I confronted the rabbi with what I had learned. He put his hand on my knee and said, “I loved her.” He acknowledged everything and told me he had placed roses on her grave for months. He then began pleading with me not to publish the full account of this story. His self-assuredness vanished and he started to stutter.

      He came to my office. He told me that writing about his affair would torment his ailing mother and inflict pain on his wife and his children. At one point he promised that if I withheld the story he would abandon public life. On another visit he told me a story about a rabbi who as a young man wanted to save all the Jews in the world. In middle age he wanted to save the Jews of Poland, and when he had grown old he hoped to save just one Jew, himself. “I am that rabbi,” he said.

      • Mooser
        October 27, 2010, 11:02 am

        “On another visit he told me a story about a rabbi who as a young man wanted to save all the Jews in the world. In middle age he wanted to save the Jews of Poland, and when he had grown old he hoped to save just one Jew, himself. “I am that rabbi,” he said”

        How touching. Except that I’m not really a Rabbi (I just play one on the ferry sometimes) I never realised that me an’ ol Meir Kahane had so much in common. Well, except that I’m not a Rabbis and I take the Jewish proscription against adultery seriously. But apart from that, two chick-peas in a pod, me and Meir.

  3. tree
    October 26, 2010, 4:48 pm

    “Never again desecration of God”
    A Richard Silverstein pointed out, the picture along with those words is of the scary swarthy man burning the Israeli flag. Israel is the new golden calf.

  4. Avi
    October 26, 2010, 5:07 pm

    Jon Stewart will be all over this two days from never.

    • Chu
      October 26, 2010, 9:01 pm

      you got that right. He’s such a sweety, little john…
      warms my heart.

  5. Citizen
    October 26, 2010, 5:15 pm

    Kahane was the first son of a Brooklyn rabbi who followed Jabotinsky (along with the terrorists Begin and Shamir).
    Back in his younger lusty days he posed as the non-Jewish Michael King, having affairs with a number of young shiksas he picked up in New York bars. One of them was Gloria Jean D’Argenio, a 22-year-old model working under the name of Estelle Evans. After their meeting in 1966, they promptly began an affair. Never revealing his true identity, he even proposed marriage. After the relationship was broken, a few weeks later, she attempted suicide by hurling herself into the East River, dying two days later (on Kahane’s 34th birthday).
    His first priority was revenge, and the logo for his group was taken from a wall graffetti protesting the Nazis back in the mid-1940s. Not sure what the Arabs had to do with that; anyway, he was convinced democracy was for gentile states, not a jewish state. After he moved to Israel he was obsessed with Arab men having sex with Jewish females–he wanted a law to make that criminal, apparently having no problem he was aping the Nazi Nuremberg crime statutes. His litmus test was: Is it good for the Jews?

    • Antidote
      October 26, 2010, 7:50 pm

      1) “Never revealing his true identity, ….. obsessed with Arab men having sex with Jewish females–he wanted a law to make that criminal”

      reminds me of the recent ‘rape by deception’-case in Israel

      2) “His first priority was revenge, and the logo for his group was taken from a wall graffetti protesting the Nazis back in the mid-1940s. Not sure what the Arabs had to do with that….”

      That’s explained in another booklet issued by US Orthodox groups and distributed among IDF soldiers. If Kahane is the Jewish Messiah according to the comic strip above, the Pope (German, of course) teaching Muslims (Shi’ite, of course) how to destroy the Jewish people completes the picture:


      The book describes the alleged visit of Hezbollah officials to Auschwitz, led by the Vatican: “We came to the camps. We saw the trains, the platforms, the piles of eyeglasses and clothes … We came to learn … Our escort spoke as he was taught. We quickly explained to him: Every real Arab, deep inside, is kind of a fan of the Nazis.”

      The booklet also describes how European politicians and journalists ostensibly work against Israel.

      “Our escort introduced us to important figures who identify with our causes. Rich people, people with authority … They allocate big budgets to all sorts of Israeli organizations that erode the standing of the IDF … We have a special budget for encouraging politicians and journalists who serve our purposes. Every opinion piece that conforms to our position is rewarded generously.”

      link to

      The Vatican is playing a considerable role in the final battle-scenario

      Wonder why?

      Foxman 2002

      New York, N.Y., July 25, 2002 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today expressed outrage at comments made by a Honduran Catholic Cardinal that implied an alleged Jewish manipulation of the American media. Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, in a May interview with the Italian-Catholic publication 30 Giorni, claimed Jews influenced the media to exploit the current controversy regarding sexual abuse by Catholic priests in order to divert attention from the Israeli-Palestinian crisis.

      “The Cardinal’s odious anti-Jewish conspiracy theory must be immediately and forcefully condemned by responsible voices in the Catholic Church,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, in a letter sent to Cardinal Walter Kasper, of the Pontifical Commission for Religious Relations with Jews. “We are outraged by Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga’s implication and, as John L. Allen, Jr. states in the July 19th Catholic Reporter, ‘the logic of his comments seems clear: Someone in America doesn’t like the pro-Palestinian tilt of the Catholic Church, and used their media clout to deliver payback. It’s not much of a reach to imagine who Rodriguez might suspect that ‘someone’ to be.’”

      Cardinal Rodrigues Maradiaga stated: “It gave me considerable food for thought that, at a time of total media focus on developments in the Middle East with all the injustices being perpetrated against the Palestinian people, U.S. television and press people were obsessed with sex scandals of 30 or 40 years ago.”

      Dershowitz 2010

      The Catholic church, which does so much good, has declared Antisemitism to be a sin, but there are some within the hierarchy who always know the source of the Church’s problems: It’s “the Jews.” Consider the following report in The New York Times of April 3, 2010.” “Last week, the center-left daily newspaper LA Republica wrote, without attribution, that certain Catholic circles believed the criticism of the church stemmed from a New York ‘Jewish Lobby.'”

      Ah, the power of the New York Jewish Lobby, extending to rural Ireland, southern Germany, Boulder Junction, Wisconsin and the archbishop of Canterbury!

      link to

  6. yourstruly
    October 26, 2010, 5:23 pm

    And anti-Zionist Jews are supposed to worry about what’ll happen to these monsters after Palestine is free? Especially when Zionism = Fascism? How fortunate these Zionists are that Palestinians are neither vengeful nor racists. How many will stay versus how many will immigrate to the West? Depends on whether the settlers can adjust to the one equals one.

    • Chu
      October 26, 2010, 9:30 pm

      it’s quite a sick game that they continue to propel. All based on a presumption that this is their land they are returning to after a few millennia. It’s an awful ruse that has gone on for way too long.
      Myth and reality is the difference between Obama and Netanyahu.
      One is living in a fantasy, while the other has to cater to their fantasy.

  7. clenchner
    October 26, 2010, 5:50 pm

    What a crazy comic.
    I remember when Kahanah came to my hometown (1986 or 87). Idiot that I was, I wore a keffiyah, put on a sticker ‘say no to racism’ and held a counterdemonstration – right up front by the stage. Good times. (Yes, I was beaten up. Duh.)
    What this comic fails to convey was how marginal the supporters were at this time. Thugs. Aspies. Weirdos. It’s sad to see parts of the orthodox establishment embracing him posthumously. Scary.

    • annie
      October 26, 2010, 6:39 pm

      What this comic fails to convey was how marginal the supporters were at this time.

      marginal in what way? their impact? not (rabin’s murder). their numbers? not. their locale? not. same w/today. they are on the forefront of the conflict on the hottest most contested real estate of the planet. supporting a political party ruling the government w/a ministry (housing) vital to the settlement movement. this isn’t marginal, not in my book. they are terrorists.

      • Shunra
        October 26, 2010, 8:21 pm

        I concur, Annie.

        Having lived through the 80s in Israel, Kahane’s odious views & followers seemed to be everywhere. It was quite disgusting.

      • MRW
        October 27, 2010, 12:32 am


        This creep and his JDL org were legally declared terrorists here in the US over 20 years ago. (Too bad Canadians haven’t heard about this; they allow the JDL a mouthpiece to speak for Jews in general with no idea of its murderous history, and haven’t warned their citizenry that the US identified Kahane and his JDL as terrorists.)

      • Antidote
        October 27, 2010, 3:01 am

        MRW – you see, Hamas and Hezbollah are posing a direct terrorist threat to Canada, and the JDL is protecting Canada from this clear and present danger, just as Canada would defend Israel: “an attack on Israel is like an attack on Canada” (PM Harper)

        link to

        “The decision to ban George Galloway from Canada seems odd, but now it emerges that the Jewish Defence League (JDL) pressured the Canadian Government to so the action takes on sinister connotations for Canada, why? Because the Jewish Defence League are according to the FBI a Terrorist Group. In its report, Terrorism 2000/2001, the FBI referred to the JDL as a “violent extremist Jewish organization”. This “violent extremist Jewish organization” now it seems has power and influence over the Canadian Government.”

        Canada = Israel

        link to

    • Avi
      October 26, 2010, 9:20 pm

      What this comic fails to convey was how marginal the supporters were at this time.

      In fact, Khanae was so marginal that Israel’s Channel 1 gave him a platform on their Mabat broadcast in what seemed to be every evening. And let’s not forget Rehav’am Ze’evi and other monsters like them. All so marginal.

      • clenchner
        October 27, 2010, 7:41 am

        If you had encountered him frequently with his close followers, you’d know what I mean. I didn’t write that the phenomenon of anti-Arab racism was marginal, but that the folks Kahaneh worked with were like from a comic strip.
        I remember a newscast about one of this party conferences after they were banned from running for parliament again. It was like a caricature. One could argue that banning him from the Knesset was the greatest gift for the racists. It opened the door for the slightly less wacky Ze’evi and others.
        So yeah – a party able to a elect a single MK in 1984 was marginal. Open supporters of the transfer idea elected in today’s parliament is probably 5-7. A lot less marginal.
        I’ll grant you the graffiti thing though. It was the Nachman M’uman of the 80s.

    • Mooser
      October 27, 2010, 11:05 am

      .” (Yes, I was beaten up. Duh.)”

      But nobody has ever laid a finger on Phil Weiss. Sort of makes you wonder.

  8. potsherd
    October 26, 2010, 6:02 pm

    This is a terrorist group. Anyone supporting it should be arrested.

    • yourstruly
      October 26, 2010, 6:46 pm

      The group was implicated in the assassination of Alex Odeh in Santa Ana, CA, October 11, 1985. Odeh, who at the time was West Coast Director of the American-Arab anti-Discrimination Committee, was blown to kingdom come by a bomb that had been planted in the door to his ADC office. Odeh was from a Christian-Palestinian family.

  9. thankgodimatheist
    October 26, 2010, 6:46 pm

    Just to speak from an “artistic” point of view, this must be one of the ugliest pieces I’ve ever seen…An absolute eye sore..
    Back to you to discuss content and subject matter, I’m too digusted for words!

    • Avi
      October 26, 2010, 9:22 pm


      I didn’t forget about the photos. I was very busy yesterday and today.

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 26, 2010, 9:35 pm

        Thanks Avi..No need to sweat about it..when you have time at your own pace..

  10. RoHa
    October 26, 2010, 7:01 pm

    Wait. Have I got this right? The guys wearing the blue turban and the white turban are rabbis? They look awfully Arab/Islamic.

  11. Dan Crowther
    October 26, 2010, 8:10 pm

    So, that is how Jews depict themselves in cartoons? Whoa.

    Apparently this illustrator went to the Goebbels school of cartooning…….

  12. Shunra
    October 26, 2010, 8:19 pm

    Blue Turban Guy is Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison for trying to blow up people who weren’t observant enough Jews, in his opinion. He was later appointed to the role of religious judge (a position paid for by the state), and eventually became the Chief Rabbi for Sephardic Jews (they have an Ashkenazi one, too, but he doesn’t get to wear the turban).

    He looks Arab/Islamic because his family is from Iraq. That rather places him smack-dab into the middle of the Arabic world.

    • Avi
      October 26, 2010, 9:24 pm

      He looks Arab/Islamic because his family is from Iraq. That rather places him smack-dab into the middle of the Arabic world.


      What features make him look “Arab/[Muslim]”?

      • Shunra
        October 26, 2010, 9:42 pm

        The commenter I was responding saw the turban as an Arab/Islamic article of clothing, which it basically is.

        Turban-wearing is not seen as a particularly Jewish thing in the U.S. – in fact, if you wear a turban, you’ll probably be seen as Muslim, even if you’re Sikh. Jews wearing turbans… …that could blow an American mind. Jews are supposed to be doctors or lawyers or accountants (or, if you’re in NY at the turn of the previous century, prostitutes).

      • RoHa
        October 26, 2010, 10:26 pm

        “Jews wearing turbans… …that could blow an American mind.”

        I was just teasing a bit about the iconography of the comic.

        Fortunately, I’m not an American, so I actually know that various styles of turban have, at various times, been worn by Jews, Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, and sundry others. (Although when I think of rabbis, I do think of the funny broad-brimmed black hats, not turbans or the big furry thing.)

    • RoHa
      October 26, 2010, 10:05 pm

      Trying to blow up Jews becausse they weren’t observant enough? Isn’t that anti-Semitic?

      “He looks Arab/Islamic because his family is from Iraq.”

      But he doesn’t look as swarthy and scary as the real bad Arabs.

    • Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel
      October 27, 2010, 12:37 am

      The blue “turban” and embroidered gown are the traditional dress of the “Hakham Bashi” (chief rabbi) of Palestine – a post created by the Ottoman authorities. The post of Ashkenazi chief rabbi was established later, while the Sephardic chief rabbis of Palestine/Israel retained the Ottoman title of Hakham Bashi/Rishon le-Zion, and the outfit.

      White “turban” guy looks like an Ashkenazi hassidic rabbi wearing white (including a white fur hat [the “spodek” or “kolpik” preferred by some Polish/Galician sects], instead of the traditional brown one). Note that he’s standing in front of the Western Wall – a fitting place for the pronouncement of an oneiric messianic vision.

      • Shmuel Sermoneta-Gertel
        October 27, 2010, 12:44 am

        I missed the previous frame. White “turban” guy is supposed to be “Kabbalist Rabbi Meir Yehudah Katz, rabbi of the [Western] Wall”. Definitely Ashkenazi.

  13. thankgodimatheist
    October 26, 2010, 8:40 pm

    When a comic strip celebrating the glorious achievements of that other Israeli hero Baruch Goldstein?

    • thankgodimatheist
      October 27, 2010, 3:15 am

      Baruch Goldstein the mass murderer is disciple of the gruesome Kahane. Both Brooklyn bred!
      “Goldstein was born in Brooklyn, New York to an Orthodox Jewish family. He attended the Yeshivah of Flatbush religious day school and Yeshiva University. He belonged to the Jewish Defense League (JDL), a militant Jewish organization founded by his boyhood acquaintance Rabbi Meir Kahane.[3]
      link to

  14. piotr
    October 26, 2010, 9:22 pm

    It really gives rise to the question: that Rabbi Mordechai Eliyahu and former Chief Military Rabbi Brigadier-General Avichai Ronsky are correct, and liberal rabbis are wrong: they interpret the Bible and whatever else needs to be interpreted correctly, and those who disagree are fools and heretics. Because correct Judaism is very, very ugly.

    I mention Ronsky because the last name sounds Ashkenazi, so it is not Mizrahi backwardness.

    By the way, a nice touch in the comic are the scenes of expelling the goyim. Most can shuffle away with a modicum of dignity, but the black guy with a boombox somehow gets a special treatment. Are such type the chief problem in Israel, or are those Brooklyn roots speaking?

    • Antidote
      October 26, 2010, 10:59 pm

      “or are those Brooklyn roots speaking?”

      Good question. Other ‘roots’ speaking in Israel:

      “Russian racism is going global. The Israeli neo-Nazis draw their inspiration from the thriving radical right in Mother Russia, where Vladimir Putin’s Interior Ministry estimates there are 70,000 white-supremacist skinheads. A poll this summer found that 35 per cent of Russians dislike Jews.

      Sergei Makarov, a researcher who monitors Russian racism from Jerusalem, says: “You can’t understand neo-Nazis in Israel if you don’t understand the upsurge in neo-Nazism in Russia. It’s nourished by what’s going on back home. These people came from there, and they are in touch through the internet.”

      link to

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 27, 2010, 3:08 am

        What brought these goons to the “holy” land? If they hate the Jews so much I can only imagine how much more they hate the “Arabs”!

  15. James North
    October 26, 2010, 9:27 pm

    This excellent post brought back memories of the great American journalist Robert I. Friedman, who was the courageous scourge of Kahane and the far right colonist/settlers. Friedman, who died too young in 2002, would have been an enthusiastic and indispensable part of the Mondoweiss community.

  16. thankgodimatheist
    October 26, 2010, 9:39 pm

    Max N
    This book is meant for children..You should ask for it at your local library..

    • Antidote
      October 26, 2010, 11:07 pm

      someone should send a copy to the Crittenden/Frum family, to entertain their kids at airports while waiting to board (or not).

  17. Elliot
    October 26, 2010, 11:43 pm

    Notice the clever pun in the title frame. Rabbi Meir Kahane wields the yellow flag of Kach inscribed with the words “Ba’al ha-nes ” or “miracle maker.” An obvious reference to Rabbi Meir Ba’al Ha-nes, one of the luminaries of ancient, Rabbinic Judaism. This is a subversion of Judaism as Rabbi Meir Ba’al Ha-nes bears no resemblance to the Kahane slime.
    “Nes” can also be translated as banner or flag, so, on a more basic level, Kahane is the master of the flag that rallies the masses.

  18. Walid
    October 27, 2010, 2:47 am

    Big gathering yesterday to commemorate Kahane’s 20th; from Ynet:

    Kahane supporters: We’ll destroy ‘Ishmael state’

    During memorial service on 20th anniversary of Kach leader’s death, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel says, ‘If Ishmael state is established – we will destroy it. Suspected ‘Jewish terrorist’ Haim Pearlman also participates. His wife declares: ‘Kahane’ is not a dirty word

    Yair Altman Published: 10.27.10, 00:28 / Israel News

    Hundreds of Land of Israel Movement activists and supporters of the radical movement Kach held a memorial service on Tuesday to mark 20 years since Rabbi Meir Kahane’s assassination.

    Kach activist Haim Pearlman, currently under house arrest after his suspected killing of four Arabs in the 1990s, was also among the participants. The wife of the ‘Jewish terrorist,’ Keren Pearlman, told Ynet: “Today everybody knows that ‘Kahane’ is not a dirty word.”

    The assembly was held at the Ramada Renaissance Hotel in Jerusalem, where shirts, books and other items were sold to the crowd. Speeches of the late Kahane were screened as well, while protestors went wild, clapping every time he said “Arabs out.”

    link to

    Looks like house arrests for Jewish terrorists in Israel allow visits to the Jerusalem Ramada Renaissance. Probably also include visits to Brooklyn and many other choice places.

  19. thankgodimatheist
    October 27, 2010, 3:04 am

    “His wife declares: ‘Kahane’ is not a dirty word”

    No the word is not dirty. The character is..

    • Walid
      October 27, 2010, 5:19 am

      The character is reincarnated in Lieberman, TGIA.

      • Avi
        October 27, 2010, 8:02 am


        I have to disagree with you on that. Avigdor Lieberman, as vile as he is, doesn’t hold a candle to Kahana’s rhetoric, demagoguery and ugly racism. When Kahana spoke about “the Arabs”, violent rage and wrath dripped from his mouth.

  20. Citizen
    October 27, 2010, 5:57 am

    American television, newspapers and magazines never subjected Kahane to even a fraction of the criticism and contempt they so readily directed against non-Jewish militants in groups such as the Ku Klux Klan, the “Aryan Nations” or “The Order,” which preached comparable messages and goals. The NY Times even gave him space on its OP-Ed page; Scoop Jackson had his photo taken with Kahane, etc.

  21. AreaMan
    October 27, 2010, 8:27 am

    Interesting. There’s nothing in the article and the comics shown that indicate anything about Kahane was fascist or racist. The cartoonist drew some racial stereotypes, but Kehane wasn’t a cartoonist.

    Perhaps the more interesting material is elsewhere. But I’ve never seen anything to indicate Kehane held the idea that Arabs were inferior in some racial or biological sense. I see the differences as originating in culture and history, with a nod toward geography.

    • thankgodimatheist
      October 27, 2010, 9:02 am

      “There’s nothing in the article and the comics shown that indicate anything about Kahane was fascist or racist.”

      Maybe you should listen to Kahane in his ’60minutes’ program video where he explicitly admitted he’s racist. The interviewer made him repeat it TWICE! I’m not going to give you a link because I’m well beyond my bed time and you’re not worth it..Check it out yourself!

    • potsherd
      October 27, 2010, 9:15 am

      Well, duh! I’m sure a Kahanist propagandist is going to mention that!

    • piotr
      October 27, 2010, 7:38 pm

      Let us see how many indications one can find.

      1. THE PLAN.

      ” if they don’t listen to him and don’t get the Arabs out of the country, the day will come that there will be no choice and we’ll bring into here our greatest enemy.”

      “He called for the removal of the goyim from the land of Israel.”

      So he did not hate just Arabs. The picture shows goyim shuffling out: an Arab, a Christian clergyman, a black guy and a blond boy. And the black guy with a boombox is depicted in the style of American racist cartoons, and smacked for a good measure.

      You can argue that the idea of expelling Christian clergy from Israel (and territories) is not racist because it does not specifically state that Christians are inferior. Racism does not require to see your group as superior, it merely postulates that there are no moral obligations to members of other groups AND that those group should be abused (get what they deserve, if you will).

      2. THE MAN

      There are roughly two pictorial styles here. One is reserved of The Man, who actually looks like a human, although utterly devoid of the sense of humor. Some rabbis are also depicted in realistic way (duly copied from photographs). Then there are the common people who are several grades more inferior. None of them wears a jacket. The Leader is utterly adulated. (For his wisdom that one has to smack goyim really well.)

      3. CULT OF FORCE

      Adulation of The Man is not necessarily fascist, it could be a mere cult, like those peaceful folks in Jonestown who quietly drank their coolaid. But if you combine it with the clenched fist as the movement symbol and advocacy of thuggery, you got a fascist Big Man.

      4. Misoginist message.

      This is not an important ingedient, but a nice touch even so. No woman opens her mouth in the comic, and harrassment of ballet dancer was a nice touch too. Perhaps the most heroic scene in the entire cartoon, the only one in which we see Kahanists in the same panel with their opponents.

      • Antidote
        October 31, 2010, 9:26 am

        great analysis, piotr (as always) – (1) the blond kid is obviously the leftist American-bred peacenik, a juvenile nonsense in the ‘tough neighborhood’ of the ME (4) The dance troupes ‘came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union [and] were showered with boos from the Jewish Defense League Members’ (caption trl). A rejection of the official Soviet line of being opposed to both anti-semitism (pro-integration and emancipation, as in the US) and Zionism (as a national movement opposed to the socialist brotherhood)

  22. seafoid
    October 27, 2010, 9:13 am

    The last time I was in Hebron the settlers had plastered the place with Kahane posters. I had never before met an entire community showing signs of collective mental disfunction .

    • Mooser
      October 27, 2010, 11:08 am

      “I had never before met an entire community showing signs of collective mental disfunction”

      Seafoid, it is possible Rand Paul might be elected in Kentucky.

      • Antidote
        October 27, 2010, 5:35 pm

        not to mention Palin 2012

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