Noam Federman (born October 25, 1969 in Jerusalem) is a religious-Orthodox right-wing Israeli Jew in Hebron, and a former leader of the Kach Party, which he has been involved with since he was 14. He has been held in administrative detention several times. Federman hosts a weekly Internet program called "Federman Without Censor". It can be heard on the Hebrew section of the Jewish Task Force's website. JTF funds his political activities in Israel.
Noam Federman's father, David Federman (1909-1980), a Betar activist turned Lehi fighter, was arrested by the British during the League of Nations Mandate and deported to Ethiopia for his Jewish nationalist ideas, where he shared a cell with Yitzhak Shamir, a future prime minister. Federman was raised on stories of that period, and considers his own beliefs similar to those of Avraham Stern. When he was asked if the similarity between the wartime groups activities and those of his own group was violence against Arabs, he replied, "Hitting the enemy is not a bad thing.”
Federman is a radical settler activist associated with the outlawed terrorist Kach party, of which he was one time spokesman. A few hours after news that the Kach leaderMeir Kahane's assassination reached Israel, two elderly Palestinians, Mohammed Ali (73) and Mariam Suleiman Hassan (71), were gunned down in an incident ascribed to Kach militants. Federman was quoted as saying that the slayings had been committed as revenge by Kahane supporters, and that more violence was in the pipeline.
After his fellow Hebronite settler Baruch Goldstein machine-gunned 29 Palestinians at prayer in the Cave of the Patriarchs Massacre, Federman paid tribute hailing him as a holy hero, stating 'The act itself was one of greatness. It was a great act of sanctifying the Name (God).' He openly expressed his satisfaction at the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and was investigated for incitement against Binjamin Netanyahu after the latter signed accords with the Palestinians, whom he advocates expelling from both the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
On 1 September 1998, Federman was charged on suspicion of having kicked a Hebronite, Mamoun Ja'abri, in the stomach and then spitting on him, and also of assault of a United States Embassy worker.
On 24 May 2002, his brother, Eli Federman, while on duty as a security guard outside the Studio49 Tel Aviv nightclub, shot and killed a suicide car bomber just seconds before he could drive his vehicle into the crowded club, preventing many deaths. Anchorman David Witztum, reporting the incident, contrasted Eli's behavior to that of his radical brother. Eli described his actions thus:
I fired one bullet at him. He fell out of the car and blew up. After the blast, I shot him twice in the head, and then moved closer and emptied the rest of the clip into his head.'
In May 2002, after 2 men from the Bat Ayin settlement were discovered outside a girls' school in a Palestinian neighbourhood on the Mount of Olives with a bomb timed to explode in the morning whens students would be arriving, police investigators took 6 people into custody, including Federman, whom the Shin Bet regarded as "the brain behind this organization". He was subsequently accused of having provided the explosives to be used to blow up the girls school, and put under house arrest for over half a year. All charges were later dropped, Federman was acquitted and he successfully sued the state for false arrest. He was in the news recently after his home and farm, which he had built without a building permit, near Kiryat Arba and Hebron was torn down in the middle of the night.
In November 2005, the Israeli Ministry of Justice expressed its intention to review Federman's application to be licensed as an attorney, claiming that a person with a past as rich with disturbing the peace as his may not be eligible for a license. Federman, addressing the ministry's comment to the press, replied that it was in pattern with the courts' and prosecutor's offices past restrictive behavior towards him that they would now seek to bar him from acquiring the title he worked for as a law student.
In 2008, Federman was indicted for assaulting a policeman, but was acquitted in 2010 after prosecutors failed to show up for the trial, due to a prosecutors' strike.
Federman is married to Elisheva, the daughter of David Ramati. They have 9 children. On the occasion of his son Oved's winning a prize for a film about Irgun militant Yehiel Dresner, whom the British Mandatory authorities executed in 1947, Federman said that he is rearing his children on the ideals of the rightest underground movements of the past.
"Revenge is an important value. The Talmud says that it is one of the greatest things. Revenge is great."
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