YouTube video: Kahane in the Knesset 1984 - http://youtube.com/watch?v=plc0KSHUNks
This is an excerpt from an e-mail.
I am not Ashamed -
By Rabbi Meir Kahane, Zt"l
(May 19, 1989)
I am not ashamed to admit it. I am afraid. I am afraid that my people
and my state are marching inexorably to a horror that can best be
unimagined. And I am afraid, for the first time, that we are in the
hands of people so blind and so mad and so un-Jewish that we may not
be able, G-d forbid, to avert the catastrophe.
Last week I was at the Western Wall. It was the Friday after the
Friday when the Moslems, standing on the Temple Mount -- OUR Temple
Mount -- hurled rocks and stones on the Jews praying below. It was the
Friday after the Friday when Jews, in the sovereign State of Israel,
praying at the remains of the Holy Temple, fled in panic from the
Moslems who cried "Allah Akhbar!" It was the Friday after the Friday
in which Jews in the State of Israel fled in panic from Moslems who
proclaimed their dream of destroying the Jewish State.
I was at the Wall on the Friday after the Friday. No less than 3,000
(!) security forces were there to protect the Jews in their own state
from Moslems who once so trembled before the Jew. Three thousand (!)
security forces to protect Jews -- who were so frightened that they
stayed away in droves. The proud State of Israel. . . .
I am afraid. I am afraid that the Jews of insanity who run this land
will destroy us, even as all the impossible Herut fools in the United
States continue to write columns attacking the PLO.
I am afraid. Last week, I was at the Hebron Jewish cemetery. I saw the
swastikas and the Arab graffiti of hate on the walls. I saw the
desecrated tombstones. I watched as the Jews held a memorial service.
A memorial service! They murder us and they dececrate us and we react
with memorial services!
That day a rock smashed through the car window of a Jew traveling in
Bethlehem, injuring him in the temple, cheek and shoulder. That day,
600 apple and 50 olive trees were destroyed along with tens of
thousands of commercial flowers at the settlement of Nvei Michael. But
I return to the cemetery.
How many people, how many Jews, in the world heard of the Hebron
cemetery outrage? No matter. How should they have heard of it when the
Prime Minister of Israel, the President of Israel, its Knesset and its
governmental leaders did not find it necessary to shout their
A week of Chillul Hashem, of desecration. And the men who run this
State of Disorder sit by, hapless and impotent, silent partners to
Desecration. And I know that the Almighty's rage will lash out at us
for allowing His name to be defiled. And I am afraid for much more.
Last week I watched as the insanity spread and reached new heights.
The Border Police, the elite security forces, were sent to make
arrests in the murderous village of Nahalin. They were attacked by
hundreds of stone throwing, Molotov cocktail-throwing Arabs. The
Border Police, under a murderous barrage, fired and killed four Arabs.
Only four Arabs. The Arabs shrieked in protest; the pathologically
sick leftists joined them and demanded and "investigation"; the army
command, led by two kibbutz members, Chief of Staff Don Shomron and
Central Command OC Amram Mitzna, so ordered. The Border Police were
accused of "overreacting" and "indiscriminate shooting," and two of
their officers were suspended from duty.
I am afraid. Yesterday they destroyed the army with their insane
orders that hobbled the troops, causing them to fear to deal with the
Arabs as normal soldiers should. Today, they take the best of the
security forces, the Border Police, and destroy them, too. And they
must be stopped before they destroy the Jewish state -- and the Jew.
They protest over Nahalin? They investigate attacks on Nahalin? Do you
know what Nahalin is? Do you know who the Arabs of Nahalin are? Of
course not, so read. And learn. And grow angry and bitter -- and do
In 1948, the villagers of Nahalin participated in the massacre of 35
Jewish students coming to the rescue of Kfar Etzion. They murdered
them in cold blood. In 1954, two Jews were murdered by Nahalin
villagers leading to a reprisal raid on the village by Israel. At that
time, the UN comdemned the Jews. Today, the Jews do.
When Israel liberated the land in 1967, the normal , sane thing to
have done would have been to drive the scum out. But we are not
normal. We are not sane. We allowed them to remain along with all the
rest of them -- murderous Ishmaelites who cannot live with Jews or
with themselves (and let us raise a toast to gloriously peaceful
Beirut). And now we investigate and condemn our Border Police for
having "fired indiscriminately" on the village that murdered Jews
yesterday, that dreams of murdering them tomorrow, and that attacked
the Border Police with hate and rocks and firebombs in their hands.
We are insane. We are in the hands of leaders who are insane and who
march us down the road to horror and destruction. I am afraid. I am
afraid of a government that, instead of supporting the men whom they
send into war (and this IS a war!); instead of giving them accolades
and medals for killing the Arab enemy (and they ARE the enemy -- all
of them) -- investigates them, censures them, disciplines them.
Insanity. And I am afraid.
I am afraid. Last week I watched as the police indicted Rabbi Moshe
Levinger for doing that which any normal human being would. Driving in
the heart of Hebron, a nest of snakes and scorpions, a city of Arabs
with Jewish blood on their hands from 1929 -- his car was attacked and
a stone smashed its window. He ran out shooting at the Jew-haters and
killed one. A pity. One. He was indicted and I am afraid. For I fear
that we may be lost.
I see the leftists who control the state news media even as the
pathetic Shamir government does nothing. I see the daily barrage of
state-sponsored self-hate and self-destruction aimed at destroying the
morale of the security forces, while the tiny people who run this tiny
government sit impotent. I see the defeatists who run the
Likud-controlled Ministry of Justice indicting Jews who were attacked,
even as thearmy does the same to its soldiers, and the government of
Shamir sits in its perpetual transcendental silence. I watch Shamir
and his Likud sell out Israel through the kind of deception we learned
from Begin. He prepares elections that will seal the sovereignty of
the "Palestinians" over the land, as it leads to the autonomy of Camp
David that will whet the Arab appetite and increase the Jewish
dementia and result in a "Palestinian" state that will be a dagger in
I see all this and know that if we are to save the Jewish state and
its three-and-a-half million Jews from terrible horrors, we must rise
up and demand a fundamental change in the very system of government.
We must throw out those who destroy us from within, and keep them out.
I know that this present system of government that allows them to
control our lives and lead us to destruction, must be ended. I know
that elections must be limited only to those who understand that the
Arabs are the deadly enemy of the Jewish state, who would bring on us
a slow Auschwitz -- not with gas, but with knives and hatchets. I know
that only those groups which accept the following program should be
allowed to run for office:
To finish the Arab war against Israel with every means at our disposal
and an end to the immoral and sick "pity" for them; to remove the
Arabs from the Land once and for all; to annex Judea-Samaria-Gaza and
make them part of the Jewish State; to radically overhaul the bankrupt
education of Israel by infusing our children with Judaism and true
nationalism; to cleanse Israel radio and television of the mad and
dangerous leftists who, daily, destroy us from within.
I know that unless the people rise up and demand such a national
referendum, to dissolve the Knesset and vote on such a program, we are
lost. And I am afraid.
Open Letter to the World