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Jewish Extremists Commemorate Kahane : Israel: Controversial rabbi was slain five years ago. Followers at memorial shed no tears for Rabin.

November 13, 1995|MARJORIE MILLER | TIMES STAFF WRITER

Around him, scores of American Jewish immigrants in baseball caps spoke of Israel as a police state and discussed conspiracy theories in Rabin's death. One said Amir was a Shin Bet agent working for acting Prime Minister Shimon Peres; another said Rabin's death was predicted in code in the Bible-in Genesis 15:17.

They wouldn't give their names, ages, occupations or hometowns, but a few admitted to glee at Rabin's removal from the scene.

Binyamin Kahane said he had "no feelings" about Rabin's murder, "but a person could understand Amir. He didn't do it for his own benefit. He did it because he saw Jews getting killed" in the peace process.

Rabbi Kahane's followers see Rabin's partner in peace, Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Arafat, as a terrorist still committed to the destruction of Israel. They also believe that secular Israelis are trying to destroy Israel's Jewish identity.

Asked about the possibility that rabbis may be arrested in connection with Rabin's killing, Binyamin Kahane said: "That will be great. It's time people understand the contradictions between Judaism and Western democracy. If they arrest rabbis, it will be because of the things that are written in Jewish law."

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