Folks, this Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2006 will be the fifth Yahrzeit for Rav Binyamin and Talyia Kahane. Rav Binyamin Zev Kahane continued the work of his father for ten years, until he himself was murdered by Muslims in a drive-by shooting near Ofrah in an attack that also wounded five of their children. Rav Binyamin Zev Kahane dedicated his life and his tremendous talents to disseminating the Jewish Idea.
His father, Rabbi Kahane, born in Brooklyn in 1932, was an author, political activist and a member of the Israeli Knesset. When concluding a speech in Manhattan, Rabbi Kahane was assassinated by El-Sayyid Nosair, an Egyptian and member of an Arab terrorist cell operating in New York in 1990. Nosair was one of Sheikh Omar Abd El-Rahman’s men, who would later be convicted for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing; today, he is serving life in prison. The gun that was used to kill Rabbi Kahane was supplied to Nosair by Wadih El-Hage, who is a member of Al-Qaeda convicted of conspiracy to kill American citizens in the 1998 US embassy bombings.
In memory of Rav Binyamin Zev Kahane, I am reprinting a message from his beloved father, Rabbi Meir Kahane, which he wrote to the Arabs of Eretz Yisrael, over 25 years ago (14 Iyar, 5739/11 May, 1979).
I reprint it here as it appears in the book, ON JEWS AND JUDAISM (SELECTED ARTICLES 1961-1990), pp. 77-82. Folks, read it to understand what the true and only Jewish response is to Arab terror and uprisings of all kinds. This article will reinforce your conclusion that the Rabbi was indeed 100% correct, both in his ideas about the Arabs, and in his predictions of everything that is happening today:
The Almighty, G-d of Israel, who created Heaven and Earth and all that is in them; who guides history and in whose hands are the souls and destiny of all men; who chose the People of Israel to be His unique and special people; who created all lands and chose as His most desired one, the Land of Israel – gave the land, Eretz Yisrael, unto His people, in order to build there a Chosen state and society that would be a light unto the nations.
Arabs of Eretz Yisrael! We live today in a time of destiny. Through the mercy of the Almighty, the Jewish people have returned home and we live today in the beginning of the Final Redemption, may it come swiftly. And at the same time, there has begun a struggle. It is a struggle between the people of Israel on the one hand, and the Arab people, Ishmael, on the other. Both claim the Land.
We wish to speak to you about this struggle, because we know that so many others speak to you nonsense. We want you to know for yourselves what Jews of real faith and real Judaism believe, intend to do and why. Above all, we want the Jewish-Arab struggle placed within its true perspective. Let the world understand the religious nature of this struggle.
The pity is that most Jews do not understand you or your true feelings. People really believe that you can be bought with economic or social “progress.” What contempt for you lies in a person who expects you to give up your national and religious demands in return for electricity and television! Not by bread alone does the Arab live. You are a proud people that truly believes that we have stolen the land from you. The fact that this is not true and that the land is Jewish does not change the fact that you truly believe otherwise. You will never give up that claim in return for being bought with materialism.
We know that the issue is not Hebron, or Sh’chem, or Judea or Samaria. We know that it is JERUSALEM, east and west. We know that it is Tel Aviv and Haifa. We know that it is, ultimately, the very existence of the Jewish state you see as a foreign body in the so-called Arab homeland. We know that only a fool or a knave expects you to agree to take half of what you believe to be your entire land. Above all, we know that the struggle for the land, Eretz Yisrael, is a struggle between the truth of Judaism or Islam.
It is not we who “incite” you. It is not “extremist” Jewish groups who cause you to hate Israel, as foolish politicians and writers say. We know that it was Herzl who incited you and Ben Gurion. And Golda, and Begin. And the Kibbutzirn of Hashomer Hatzair. And Zionism itself. It is the Israeli soldier and flag and very state that infuriates you and moves you to vengeance.
We know, despite all the self-delusion, that no Arab feels equal in a state whose national anthem speaks of the “soul of a Jew” yearning, and of Hatikva, the Jewish hope of return that was, for you, a nightmare. We know that a state in which the Law of Return applies to Jews and not to you is, for you, an alien land. We know that Israel, which was quite rightly and properly formed as a Jewish state so that we might have what you have in 20 of your own can never be home for you.
And we remember how you tried to strangle this state at birth. We remember your refusal to even accept the U.N. Partition Plan of 1947 that would have created a tiny, grotesque state with a population already one-third Arab. We remember the 6,000 Jews who fell in that war you began, and we remember the 600 Jews who died in your riots of 1936-38 when there was no Jewish state.
And we remember the Mufti, of cursed memory, and al-Kaukji. And we remember the Hebron pogrom of 1929 and the massacres of Jews in Jerusalem, Jaffa, Safed and all the others in 1920 and 1921. And we remember Trumpeldor and Tel Hai. And we have not the slightest doubt that you would do it again if we were ever so foolish to allow you. AND WE UNDERSTAND. AND WE UNDERSTAND YOU.
And because we are the few who are willing to see and understand, we know, above all, that there can never be real peace. Unlike those who think they can deceive you and who succeed only in deluding themselves, we know that no concessions short of the elimination of Israel will suffice for you. For you, there cannot be peace as long as there is a Jewish state, for the main issue in your minds is NOT peace but what you consider to be your rights, your entire land, your national destiny, your religious victory.
All this we understand and we understand you and how you think and why, and because we do, we will not move to commit national suicide in the manner of so many others. We know that every concession and every failure to assert our Jewish rights and obligations is seen by you as weakness and this only emboldens you. We know that our failure all these years to transfer Arabs from Eretz Yisrael has left in our midst a proud and hating people that is a time bomb waiting to explode. We know that as long as you are here there will be many more bombs in our streets. We know that the Arab birthrate guarantees the creation of yet another Cyprus or Northern Ireland here, as well as threatening the Jewish majority of Eretz Yisrael. We know that education makes you more dangerous, not less, and that the PLO leaders of the future will come from the universities we allow you to attend. We know that our liberal weakness leads to bolder attacks on Jewish women and men, assaults on Jews in Jerusalem. We know that the insane “autonomy” plan must lead to a “Palestine” entity that will be a magnet for the Israeli Arab and his radicalization.
And so, understanding your national and religious pride; knowing that you believe us to be thieves and the land to be yours; certain that there can never be any real peace between us – we hereby proclaim to you our words of halacha and true Judaism. Listen to the beliefs of Jews of true and deep faith:
1) Eretz Yisrael, in its entirety was given by G-d, the creator of all lands, unto His Chosen people, Israel.
2) There is no “Palestine” or “Palestinian people.” We recognize you to be part of the Arab nation who settled illegally in our land when, against our will, we were forced into an Exile of 2,000 years, during which not a day went by without the Jew praying for the Great Return.
3) Jews have an OBLIGATION to reclaim all the Land of G-d and to declare Jewish sovereignty over any part that has been reclaimed. We have an obligation to settle everywhere in the Land, including the cities of the Bible. We have an obligation to reclaim Jewish property seized by the murderers of Jews in the days of Jewish weakness.
4) Failure to assert Jewish rights and obligations, especially through fear of the gentile, is a Hillul Hashem, desecration of the Name of the L-rd.
5) By Torah law, we offer you the status of Ger Toshav (resident stranger) in the Land, if you wish to remain. If you accept upon yourself the sovereignty of the Jewish people and G-d over the land of Israel in its entirety, you are welcome to remain with religious, cultural, social and economic rights but no political ones. If you are unwilling to accept this, we will do our utmost to complete the transfer of population begun in 1948 when hundreds of thousands of Jews fled Arab lands. We will move to transfer you to your own countries so that both peoples can live separately in peace.
6) We will seek to have Arab students unwilling to accept Jewish sovereignty removed from universities and ask that a fixed number of Arabs be expelled after every terrorist bomb outrage.
7) We call upon you to help end attacks on Jewish women and men in Jerusalem and elsewhere, for we will put an end to them. We will also act to end the relationships between Arab men and Jewish women that is now growing and that so desecrates the Name of G-d.
8) We will seek to remove all strangers from the Temple Mount until the time that the Holy Temple is rebuilt.
Again, we repeat our understanding of your views and beliefs. It is not in order to incite that we write these words. It is rather that we agree with you that a great religious struggle is being fought here and the proof of the L-rd, G-d of Israel, will be seen in total victory of the Jewish people in their entire land.
WE OFFER YOU THE HAND OF PEACE IF YOU SEEK TO REMAIN IN OUR LAND AS RESIDENT STRANGERS. IF NOT, WE OFFER TO AID EVERY ARAB WHO COMES TO US, TO LEAVE THE COUNTRY AND SETTLE ELSEWHERE. MAY THE ALMIGHTY OPEN ALL EYES TO THE TRUTH.
Smooth Stone agrees affirmatively – without hesitation – with Rav Kahane.
“And we allow them to remain in the land! And we allow them to lift up the head! And we allow them to raise the hand against a Jew and his G-D! And we do not remove the head and remove the hand and remove the abomination from the land!
Is there a greater desecration than this? And so the jackals continue to walk on the Temple Mount, the Mountain of G-D where it was decreed, “and the stranger who shall come near shall die”. And we, in fear of the jackals and their protectors, allow the desecration — not only barring Jews, but creating from the mountain on which stood the Temple and the Divine Presence, a place of Moslem arrogance and triumph of Allah, G-D forbid, over the G-D of Israel” — Rabbi Meir Kahane, HY’D (1932-1990)