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May 17, 1985 | ALLAN JALON, Times Staff Writer
In a highly unusual decision, a Santa Monica Superior Court judge cited national security Thursday as grounds for dismissing a lawsuit accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of violating curbs on abuses by police intelligence officers. The City of Los Angeles had asked that the suit, filed by the Jewish Defense League, be dismissed because it would expose national secrets, the first time any municipality has raised such a defense, according to city attorneys and legal observers.
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November 8, 2005 | From Times Staff Writers
Relatives of former Jewish Defense League activist Earl Krugel are calling for an investigation into his death at a federal prison in Phoenix. FBI agents on Monday interviewed inmates and prison guards at the medium-security prison, where Krugel, 62, was imprisoned for plotting to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of Arab American Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista). But an FBI spokeswoman declined to provide additional details on Krugel's death, which occurred about 5:30 p.m.
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OPINION
December 16, 2001
Re "JDL Leader Accused in Mosque Bomb Plot," Dec. 13: As an American, I am appalled and outraged that fellow citizens [allegedly] would plan to hatefully attack a mosque and an elected official of Middle Eastern descent. As a Jew, I am equally appalled, outraged and terribly ashamed that a few so-called coreligionists would so disgrace Jews everywhere. Stuart Bernstein Santa Monica A terrorist is a terrorist, whether he is flying a plane into the World Trade Center or attaching bombs to his body and blowing up innocent children, teens and families in Jerusalem.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2005 | David Pierson and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
A former Jewish Defense League activist imprisoned for plotting to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of Arab American Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista) was killed in a federal prison in Phoenix, FBI officials said Saturday. Earl Krugel, 62, was attacked and killed at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the medium-security Federal Correctional Institution, said Agent Richard Murray, an FBI spokesman in Phoenix.
NEWS
October 27, 1987 | United Press International
The former leader and two members of the militant Jewish Defense League were sentenced Monday for their roles in several bombings, including a tear-gas attack at Lincoln Center last year that injured 20. The former national chairman, Victor Vancier, 30, of Queens got 10 years in prison. Murray Young, 59, of Long Island, a member of the JDL governing board, got a five-year term. Sharon Katz, 41, of Manhattan was fined $5,000.
NEWS
August 5, 1990
As a Palestinian, I hope more than anyone else that the JDL will change for the better since its role was to fuel hatred and violence against us. However, I really do not see a change when Rubin does not condemn anti-Arab racism and continues to practice it. Notice, in your article, he regretted his statement about the (suspected) JDL murder of Palestinian activist Alex Odeh, but never condemned the killing itself. His organization's founder and spiritual leader, Meir Kahane, has said that Arabs are "dogs walking on two legs."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 26, 1985 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, Times Staff Writer
The Jewish Defense League is lobbying to have a Los Angeles street renamed in honor of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish envoy who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from Nazi death camps and vanished after falling into Soviet hands toward the end of World War II. "By this gesture, everybody will know the name of Wallenberg," said Irv Rubin, national director of the group, whose Los Angeles office is in the San Fernando Valley.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1986
Rabbi Cooper's article stated that "a hatred of Jews and Judaism has entered the mainstream of contemporary Arab and Islamic life." This irresponsible and unsupported statement is completely errant and astonishing because individual incidents by Arabs cannot justify making a general statement about Islam. The Jewish Defense League is an active organization in the United States; is it rational to consider every Jew in Morocco as a member of the JDL? Will every inoffensive Jew in Ethiopia be held responsible for JDL actions?
NEWS
September 3, 1986 | Associated Press
A tear gas grenade exploded in the Metropolitan Opera House on Tuesday night, five minutes into a performance by a Russian dance troupe, forcing the evacuation of about 4,000 people. Thirty people were treated for the effects of breathing the gas. Callers who said they represented the Jewish Defense League claimed responsibility, but a JDL spokesman later denied that the group was involved.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 13, 1996
I wish to comment on Scott Harris' opinions regarding the Jewish Defense League's protest against the appearance of racist David Duke at Cal State Northridge. In his column of Sept. 26 ("Everybody Had an Opinion on Duke Debate"), Harris described me as a "longtime rabble-rouser" and criticized JDL's protest as "idiotic." Harris owes it to his readers to inform them about his own activist credentials. When has he ever taken a stand where he had to risk violent attacks against him or have a pompous liberal columnist call him names for doing what he believes in?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A former Jewish Defense League member who admitted plotting to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of Arab American Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista) was sentenced Thursday to 20 years in federal prison. Earl Krugel, a 62-year-old dental technician from Reseda, apologized for his actions, telling the court they were "dangerous, wrong and illegal and for that I am sorry." But U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew said he did not believe Krugel's claim that he was a changed man.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 2004 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge ruled after a closed-door hearing Monday that alleged Jewish Defense League bomb plotter Earl Krugel breached his plea agreement with prosecutors and must now stand trial for a foiled attempt to bomb a Culver City mosque and an Arab American congressman's office. U.S. District Judge Ronald S. W.
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July 4, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A Jewish Defense League activist awaiting sentencing for plotting to bomb a mosque and a congressman's office has been cooperating with the FBI in its continuing investigation of the organization and a 1985 bombing that claimed the life of Arab American civil rights leader Alex Odeh, according to sources familiar with the case.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 5, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Earl Krugel, former Western regional director of the Jewish Defense League, pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he plotted to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and a field office of Rep. Darrell E. Issa (R-Vista), a Lebanese American. Krugel, 60, faces 10 to 20 years in prison under terms of a plea agreement negotiated with federal prosecutors. Appearing in manacles before U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W.
OPINION
November 19, 2002
Re "Jewish Defense League's Rubin Is Eulogized by Rabbi as a Hero," Nov. 18: I just left Irv Rubin's funeral. I cannot believe that he has died, but all evidence seems to point that way; it's hard to dispute, when a coffin has been lowered into its grave and the community steps forward to lay dirt upon it. It is amazing to me that while this country is in a state of war -- a war against terrorism, where all available resources are needed to fight...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 15, 2002 | Jean Guccione, Times Staff Writer
Irv Rubin, the militant chief of the Jewish Defense League, died in a hospital nine days after authorities say he attempted suicide while awaiting trial for allegedly planning to bomb a mosque. Within hours of Rubin's death late Wednesday, his widow threatened to sue unless federal authorities turned over more information. Authorities have so far rejected Shelley Rubin's request for an independent investigation, attorney Peter Morris said Thursday.
NEWS
May 14, 1986 | From Associated Press
The son of convicted Nazi war criminal Andrija Artukovic today vowed to appeal his father's guilty verdict, calling the Yugoslavian trial a "political charade." Meanwhile, the associate director of the Jewish Defense League, Earl Krugel, said in Los Angeles: "I think the firing squad is too good for him. I think he should be executed by the rope."
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November 5, 2002 | David Rosenzweig, Greg Krikorian and George Ramos, Times Staff Writers
Irv Rubin, the bombastic Jewish Defense League leader who was arrested last year for allegedly conspiring to blow up a mosque, was gravely injured Monday when he plunged over a railing in a federal detention center and fell about 18 feet to a cellblock below. Authorities characterized it as a suicide attempt. Rubin had tried slashing his throat with a jail-issue safety razor immediately before the fall, federal officials said.
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