Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane
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|Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane|
October 3, 1966|
New York City
|Died||December 31, 2000
|Cause of death||Assassination|
|Known for||Kach and Kahane Chai|
|Parents||Meir Kahane, Libby Kahane|
Born in New York City, he emigrated to Israel with his family at the age of four, in 1971. He was a young Israeli Orthodox Jewish scholar and rabbi who was most famous for his leadership of Kahane Chai, a far-right political party that broke from his father's Kach party after Meir Kahane's assassination in 1990.
Kahane was the author of The Haggada of the Jewish Idea, a commentary based on his father's teachings of the Passover Haggadah read at the Passover Seder. He wrote a Torah portion sheet called Darka Shel Torah ("The Way of the Torah") that was distributed for the weekly Torah portions. He was several times convicted by Israeli courts for advocating violence against Arabs.
He and his wife Talya were shot and killed near the Israeli settlement of Ofra on 31 December 2000. A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Office in 2001 announced the arrest of three members of Force 17 who were allegedly involved in the killing. According to the statement, PLO leader Col. Mahmoud Damra was responsible for arming and instructing the three men, who were identified as Talal Ghassan (a senior Force 17 member in Ramallah) Marzouk Abu Naim and Na'man Nofel. However, in 2007 Khaled Shawish was arrested for the attack. Their six children, Yehudis Leah, Meir David, Batya, Tzivya, Rivkah, and Shlomtziyon are being raised by Talya's younger sister and her husband in the family's home in Kfar Tapuach.
- IDF nabs Ze'ev Kahane's murderer Jerusalem Post, 28 May 2007
- Political Commentary by Binyamin Zeev Kahane
- FAS Intelligence Resource Program entry for Kach and Kahane Chai
- MySpace page for Binyamin Zeev Kahane