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B'siyata d'shmaya - With the help of Heaven


Rabbi Kahane on the National Geographic Channel

By Shelomo Alfassa

Sephardic Jewish Voice Aug 26, 2005; Israel National News Aug 29, 2005; Israel Insider Aug 29, 2005.

No matter what you think of him, whether you hate him or love him, the name Meir Kahane is a name that will forever be engrained in the history of the Jewish people. But just this week, fifteen years after his murder, he was vindicated on the world stage via national television.

Rabbi Kahane, born in Brooklyn in 1932, was an author, political activist, and eventually a member of the Israeli Knesset. While 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 Abdel 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 that was convicted of conspiracy to kill U.S. citizens in the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings.

With jihad being conducted around the world and especially after the mass murder of September 11, 2001, Jews have been attempting to remind the world that Kahane was warning them, as well as noting Kahane had been the first victim of jihad in the United States. Of course when Jews that support Kahane speak up, they generally don't catch the attention of the liberal media, but they repeated their cry for over a decade to recognize that the slaying of Kahane was the initial attack Islamic terrorists had brought against American citizens-and finally, their cries have been accepted as fact.

The National Geographic cable television channel has just released a new four-hour documentary called Inside 9/11. The focus of the special is not to show devastation in New York, but to present the facts in the form of a timeline, so that people can understand what happened-who was and is-attacking America. The documentary has received rave reviews and the cable networks consider this broadcast so important, that they have made the show available for free in areas that don't carry the National Geographic channel. This well made production explains as fact what the Jewish people have been shouting to the world. The documentary starts with the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane and continues to dedicate a portion of the first hour explaining how the rabbi was targeted by an Islamic terrorist. The significance is to recognize the fact Kahane was assassinated as an act of jihad against the West and to show that organized Islamic terror cells have already been successful in sending an operative into the United States and successfully murder someone they saw as problematic. If they did it once, they can and will do it again.

The connection is that Nosair (who was acquitted of Rabbi Kahane's murder, even though he shot him in front of a large crowd), was only found guilty of illegally possessing a weapon. However, a subsequent search of the murderer's apartment uncovered 47 boxes of documents in Arabic, which proved that he was at the center of a worldwide terrorist network. According to the National Geographic documentary, the FBI let this evidence slip through their fingers, not thinking it was important material.

At lunchtime on February 26, 1993, a truck bomb was set off under the World Trade Center. Six people were killed and more than 1000 injured. The bomb destroyed a total of seven stories of the structure. Four terrorists, linked to Nosair, were later convicted of this attack. Members of this same group would later work with Al-Qaeda and eight years later bring down both towers in New York and slam a plane into the Pentagon killing over 2,500 Americans.

We have the National Geographic channel to thank for finally, after fifteen years, getting law enforcement to acknowledge that Rabbi Kahane's assassination was an act of jihad in America-the first act of jihad. Both noted authors and former FBI special agents mentioned clearly, that the murder of Rabbi Kahane was perpetrated by parties now shown to be directly linked to Al-Qaeda. While making speeches, Kahane often told how some in the Islamic world were making plans to attack both Christians and Jews, but no one seemed to listen. At his funeral posters declared "He sacrificed his life for the sake of the Nation of Israel, its Torah and its Land." Those present exceeded 100,000, making it the second largest funeral in Israel's history. The other night, people understood his message when a mature and well-made television documentary on the 9/11 attacks included FBI agents stating that jihad is an active war fighting operation against the West and specifically the United States, and that the rabbi was not only a victim, he was right.