Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane

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Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane
Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane.jpg
Born (1966-10-03)October 3, 1966
New York City
Died December 31, 2000(2000-12-31) (aged 34)
Ofra, West Bank
Cause of death
Residence Kfar Tapuach
Ethnicity Jewish
Citizenship Israeli, American
Known for Kach and Kahane Chai
Religion Orthodox Judaism
Spouse(s) Talia Kahane
Children Six
Parent(s) Meir Kahane, Libby Kahane

Binyamin Ze'ev Kahane (Hebrew: בנימין זאב כהנא‎, born 3 October 1966, died 31 December 2000) was a rabbi and the son of Rabbi Meir 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.[1]

He and his wife Talya were shot and killed near the Israeli settlement of Ofra on 31 December 2000. The Prime Minister's Office subsequently announced the arrest of three members of Force 17 – Talal Ghassan, Marzouk Abu Naim and Na'man Nofel – who were believed to have carried out the attack under the instruction of PLO leader Col. Mahmoud Damra.[2] However, in 2007, Khaled Shawish was arrested for the attack.[3]

Kahane's 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.

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  1. ^ "State of Israel v. Binyamin Kahane". Supreme Court of Israel. 27 November 2000.
  2. ^ "Fugitive to head PA Force 17". Jerusalem Post. 31 May 2006. 
  3. ^ "IDF nabs Ze'ev Kahane's murderer". Jerusalem Post. 28 May 2007. Archived from the original on 17 September 2011. 

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