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


November 5, 1990 was the start of WWIII: Islam vs. the world.

From Rabbi Kahane to 9/11

by Shelomo Alfassa / Feb 10, 2004

As Rabbi Kahane finished speaking at a conference at the Marriott Hotel, an Arab named Sayyid Nosair rushed toward the stage and fired a single, fatal shot. As Kahane collapsed, he raised one finger towards heaven, silently reciting the Shema.

Here are the events and connections which followed.

  • Sayyid Nosair was captured and taken into custody.
  • Sayyid Nosair is aquited of the assassination by a Manhattan jury on Dec. 21, 1991.


  • Although Sayyid Nosair was acquitted, he is sentenced to life in prison after he was convicted in a new trial of involvement in the assassination and conspiracy to commit terrorism in the USA with Egyptian Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman (the blind sheik).
  • A police search of Nosair's home yielded a "treasure trove of information," according to Ed Norris, then the chief of New York Police Department detectives. What they found were clues to an Islamic terrorist cell operating on U.S. soil - Arabic-language terrorist manuals, bomb-making instructions, videotapes and photographs of New York City landmarks.
  • Nosair's cousin Ibrahim El-Gabrowny received 57 years in US prison for the conspiracy and other charges, including possession of bogus passports and visas intended to get Nosair out of the country following a jailbreak.


  • Nosair's cousin, Ibrahim el-Gabrowny obtained a $20,000 contribution from Osama bin Laden for Nosair's legal defense. Wadi El-Hage, the key Al Qaeda operative involved in the 1998 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, visited Nosair in his U.S. prison, several years before he went to East Africa.
  • Seven other defendants received sentences between 25 and 35 years each for planning what prosecutors called a "war of urban terrorism" aimed at changing U.S. policy in the Middle East.
  • Sayyid Nosair had been a core member of the Al Salaam Mosque which was run by Omar Abdel Rahman.


  • One of the main operatives the CIA had utilized in its war against the Soviets was Omar Abdel Rahman. The CIA utilized Rahman because of his influence over the Mujahadeen, then brought him into the U.S. on a CIA-sponsored visa.
  • Omar Abdel Rahman was the spiritual leader of a group call Jama'at al-Jihad who assassinated Answar Sadat, President of Egypt.
  • On Feb. 26, 1993, a truck bomb exploded in a parking garage beneath the World Trade Center. The blast killed six people, injured more than 1,000 others and caused more than $700 million in damage. Omar Abdel Rahman was later convicted as the mastermind of this bombing.
  • Osama Bin Laden's war on the West would continue. Some plots, such as a plan to bomb Los Angeles International Airport, were foiled. Others, like the bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen, were not.
  • Police raids broke up al Qaeda cells in Frankfurt, Germany, Milan, Italy, and London, but a cell in Hamburg, Germany, led by a young Egyptian named Mohamed Atta, went undetected.
  • Mohammed Omar Abdel-Rahman, is a son of the blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman. Mohammed, in his late 30s, is perhaps the most senior Al Qaeda member after bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri. He is alleged to have organized the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. (He is on the run like Bin Laden.)
  • Mohammed Atta and his team of Arab murderers killed 3,000 U.S. citizens on September 11th. That was a victory in the war which started on November 5, 1990 with the assassination of Rabbi Meir Kahane.
  • The war continues.


Note: These facts are all from open source government documents and news reports.

At the end of 1999, New Trend magazine, America's most widely distributed Islamic publication carried out a survey of its readers to select the top five Muslim men of the 20th century. Shaikh Omar 'Abdel Rahman was chosen among the top five by this highly educated and well-read audience.