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Sarah Wali Gods Will

The story Let the world hear and the politicians remember. A people whose God keeps His word is not to be trifled with; a Lord whose people is so determined is not to be taken lightly. Rabbi Meir Kahane Listen World Listen Jew 1980

As he sat in his new home in Jerusalem, the Brooklyn-born Rabbi wrote of the might of Zion and the fear of an imminent Holocaust. The Arabs were the enemy, and only the fighting Jew could take back what was his God-given right. He had led a violent resistance in New York City, that he continued to actively support, against all those he perceived as enemies of Israel: the Arabs, the United States an even some of the Jews themselves.

One year later, El-Sayyid Nosair arrived to the United States from his homeland, Egypt. His acceptance of the western way of life soon turned to a violent extremism that would cost the city thousands of lives. So intense was his belief that America, being a close ally of Israel, was the enemy, that he started the first American al-Qaeda cell. He called for a jihad backed by the financial support of Osama bin Laden, the spiritual guidance of the Blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman and the will of Allah.

Kahane and Nosair built opposing views in a war of ideals that throughout the 1970s and 1980s disrupted the streets of New York City and the roads of Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Nosair, with the help of an Arab-American soldier serving in the army, conducted arms training and recruited young men for assassinations and bomb plots throughout the city. Kahane and his supporters held violent protests, attempted to hijack an Arab aircraft and plotted attacks on Soviet officials.

In religious gatherings they justified their actions by laying claim to the true path of God. Mainstream objections were no match for the conviction that it was their responsibility to fight against perceived enemies and their right to use violence. On November 5, 1990, Kahane was fatally shot in the neck and face as he finished his first speech to the newly formed Zionists Emergency Evacuation Rescue Operation at the Lexington Avenue Marriot. Nosair fled the chaotic scene with a gun, which he used on those who tried to block his way. A bullet wound in the neck stopped him a block from the hotel.

Nosair was arrested and charged with murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane. However, overwhelming evidence against him did not convince the jury that he was a murderer. Instead he was given the maximum sentence for a possession charge, and sent upstate to Attica for seven and a half years.

Despite Kahanes death and Nosairs imprisonment the hateful vengeance planted in the hearts and minds of their followers drove both of their movements forward. The 1993

World Trade Center bomb plot was planned by Nosairs supporters with his aid, and put al-Qaeda on the radar as a terrorist organization. In 1994 a member Kahanes political movement, the Kach party, a Hebrew acronym for Kahane to the Knesset, killed 29 Palestinians in Hebron. Soon after Kach and the Kahane Chai, Kahane Lives, movements were banned by the Israeli government and listed in the U.S. Department of State as terrorist organizations.

The purpose Kahane and Nosair were on two sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, a war that knows no boundaries. The two groups are in a spiritual clash that attracts and provokes all types of people all over the world, especially New York City. Meir Kahane was 16-years-old and attending Yeshiva University High School for Boys, an Orthodox Jewish day school in Brooklyn, when the 1948 U.N. Resolution was passed. But the true return to the Promised Land had not been actualized. As he grew older, he became more radicalized in his views of forcibly removing the Arabs. He established the Jewish Defense League in 1968, whose motto Every Jew a .22, he and his followers lived up to. Five years later Nosair and his family were forced to leave their home in Port Saied, Egypt during Yom Kippur War. They relocated to Cairo, from where, after completing a degree in engineering, Nosair traveled to the United States. Nosair found comfort in a Philadelphia mosque, but left with his wife and children after two women accused him of sexual assault. From his new home in Jersey City, Nosair hosted a group with close ties

to Bin Laden. They began as a recruiting arm for the Afghan-Soviet war. After the fall of the Soviet Union, they turned their attention to the remaining super-power fueling the fight against their Palestinian brethren. Both Nosair and Kahane preached the word of God, and claimed to know what God wanted. Yet their pasts were spotted with serious flaws that indicated they could be deceitful to those closest to them. Both men are emulated by their followers as fighters, soldiers but hated by people within their own religious circles. The story of Meir Kahane and Sayyid Nosair will show that despite the large moderate population, the Arab-Israeli conflict is more than a territorial issue. Rather its spiritual component makes it a war that has been fought in small battles all over the world, and eventually led to the 9/11 attacks. Chapters: Prologue: Shunned 1958- Kahane became the rabbi of the traditional synagogue Howard Beach Jewish Center in Queens. He preached an Orthodox lifestyle to the youth of the community, and was met with fierce opposition when he attempted to install a mechizah ( a partition used to separate men and women). His contract was not renewed, and Kahane left. In the next years he would publish books such as Never Again!, Why Be Jewish? and The Story of the Jewish Defense League, advocating a mass Jewish return to Israel and an anti-Arab message 1981- Nosair arrived in Philadelphia and after succumbing to the western lifestyle, became a born-again Muslim. He marries an American convert, and regularly attends his

local mosque. However, he is accused of raping two women in the community.


are not pressed against him, but Nosair, shunned by the community, leaves Philadelphia and moves to New Jersey, where he creates the first American al-Qaeda cell.

Chapter 1: Seeds of Hate

Kahanes early life was dedicated to the cause of Zionism. His father was the director of Bnei Akivas 16 New York chapters, a youth group that taught the Jewish responsibility to return to the Promised Land. He establishes the Jewish Defense League in 1968 and becomes a violent advocate of a return to Zion. Nosair, at the time, is a young boy living in Port Saied. His family is kicked out in the 1973 Yom Kippur war. He heads to Cairo and gets a degree in engineering. He comes to the United States, harboring the feelings of animosity towards Israel and its biggest supporter, the U.S.

Chapter 2 : Torn From his inception of the Jewish Defense League in 1968, Kahane preached the motto Every Jew a .22. He would recruit young men in the Jewish community, and train them in military arms. Kahane bought guns, and patrolled streets he deemed as part of the Jewish community, and encouraged others to lash out violently against oppressors of the Jewish people.

But, Kahane appeared to live a double life in the 60s . His wife, Lydia and children supported his cause and held his beliefs. But New York Times reporter Michael Kaufman wrote of an affair Kahane led with Gloria Jean DArgenio. When Kahane was preparing to immigrate to Israel, he ended the relationship causing DArgenio to commit suicide. Nosair and his family settled in New York City, far from accusing eyes. Nosair found a job at the Manhattan Courthouse as an electrician, and his wife worked as a teacher at the local Islamic school. Nosair hosted several religious men at the house, telling his wife they were friends or business acquaintances. He was actually part of the Al-Farouq Mosque in Brooklyn, a mosque funded by Maktab Al-Khadamat, the Services Office in Afghanistan, established by Osama Bin Laden. Nosair, in 1984, began his own recruiting, for a war outside the United States. His recruits were being sent to Afghanistan to fight the Soviets, and were being trained by Abdullah Halima, a soldier in the United States. . He built his religious credibility by recording conversations with the blind Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman and played them for members of Al-Farouq Mosque. The FBI is alerted to a possible violation of the Espionage Act by the mosque and begins following Nosair and his gang. They are aware that there is a group of Arabs training for some type of war, but are unable to pin them before they are pulled off the investigation. Chapter 3: Politically Divine At the height of the Cold War Kahane took up the cause of Soviet Jewry and fought for them on American soil. For seven years, even after his pilgrimage to Israel, he supported

violent acts against diplomats, organizations and cultural events associated with the Soviet Union. In Israel Kahane continues his violent preachings and plots. From 1980 until 1983 Kahane was in and out of Israeli prison for arms dealing, disrupting peace at Hebrew University and an undisclosed plot against the Arab community. In 1985 he was finally elected into the Knesset, but he was banned by the Israeli High Court from running a second term as his party was declared a racist party. Kahane returned to the U.S. in 1989 to lead his right-wing following in his hometown of New York City. At that time, Nosair had allied with his cousin, and they continued to seriously train young men for the jihadist militia. They planed surveillance courses with army specialforces instructor Abdullah Halima. He also began to experiment with bombs in the basement of the Lower Manhattan Courts building, where he worked. In 1989 Nosair attempted to assassinate Soviet Premier Mikail Gorbachev using a can filled with explosive material. Chapter 4: Breaking point The Cold War is over, the Soviet Union has fallen, and its flag will no longer rise. The world won its battle with communism, but felt a void of the common enemy. Osama Bin Laden decided, having successfully lead his troops against one super power, declared a war on the United States, a key ally to the Jews, and a country he saw as the supporter of murdering Palestinians.

Kahane returned to the United States, creating a stir among the New York City Jewish community. While right-wingers are behind his politics, he is met with strong opposition from the more moderate Jews. At the same time, his comments in the press are enraging the Arab community in the city. Friday prayers and discussions in the community are centered on the Rabbi that wants to kill all of the Arabs in Palestine. This point in the story is still fuzzy and requires more research. Some sources claim Nosair and Kahane were meeting in 1989 and in 1990 to discuss a truce between the group. Others say Nosair had made vocal his dislike for Kahane and his desire to quiet the message Kahane was out to spread. What is known is that a number al-Qaeda fighters, including Ramzi Youseff, the man who carried out the first World Trade Center bombing arrived in the city in 1989. On November 5, 2009, gave a speech to the Zionist Emergency Evacuation amd Rescue Organization. Nosair was in attendance, and shot Kahane shortly after he finished his speech. As he fled he shot Irving Franklin, who stopped him in te hall, and Carlos Acosta, a security postal worker who had been walking from the post office two blocks away. Acosta was able to shoot Nosair in the neck, and stop him from escaping. At the hospital both men were brought in with similar injuries. Kahane was pronounced DOA, and at the requst of his lawyer his body was immediately shipped out without an autopsy being performed. Nosair was saved by immediate surgery, and when he finally came to, he denied shooting Kahane, and claimed the gun had been planted on the sidewalk next to him.

Chapter 5: Justice not served. Nosair was charged with the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane and was put on trial in 1992 before a grand jury in his old workplace at the Lower Manhattan Courthouse. His lawyer William Kunstler, a civil rights lawyer who had more recently been known for getting the seediest of clientele off, was convinced Nosair should put in an insanity plea. However, Nosair was remained adamant that he was not involved in the shooting. Despite

overwhelming evidence, the jury does not find Nosair guilty. Instead he is charged with the illegal possession of a firearm, and is sentenced to jail time to be served in upstate New York. Kahanes supporters, angry by the light sentence handed to Nosair began lashing out against Arabs in the West Bank and Gaza. Stringent security measures were placed in New York City, but it was almost a year before a serious threat posed itself, and it did not come from the Kach party. Chapter 6: Gone, but not forgotten Despite being locked up at Attica State Prison, Nosair was able to communicate with his al-Qaeda brethren. From his position as Chaplin, he was able to convince inmates to give him use of their pin numbers, used Arabic calligraphy to send mail messages and helped mastermind the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, which killed six and created a huge crater in the tower. In 1994, the judge ruled that Kahanes murder is part of a seditious conspiracy, and Nosair was convicted of killing Kahane and was sentenced to a life sentence without parole and sent to Colorados Federal ADX SuperMax facility. then that al-Qaeda was recognized as a real terrorist threat to the United States. It was

In that same year in Israel, a Brooklyn-based Israeli doctor opened fire on Palestinian worshipers in Hebron, killing 29 of them. Shortly after Israel declared the Kach party and the Kahane Chai movement terrorist organizations. Soon after the United States Department of State follows suit, and the war on terrorism is escaladed to new levels with grave international consequences.

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