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May 9, 1987 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, Times Staff Writer
Police and the FBI arrested the head of the militant Jewish Defense League and two companions on Friday on charges of participating in a series of bombings in the New York City area, including a tear gas attack on the opening night audience of Russia's Moiseyev Dance Company last September.
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July 24, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
A Los Angeles federal judge took the highly unusual step of closing a two-day trial this week in a case involving the 2005 prison killing of Jewish Defense League activist Earl Krugel. Constitutional scholars and press-freedom advocates deemed the broad secrecy accorded the trial by U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson perplexing -- and a likely violation of the 1st Amendment. Wilson issued a protective order covering U.S.
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August 23, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday reinstated a plea bargain between prosecutors and a former Jewish Defense League member who admitted conspiring to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of an Arab American congressman. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew means that Earl Krugel, a 62-year-old dental technician from Reseda, now faces a 10- to 20-year prison term, instead of a mandatory 45 years behind bars if he had been convicted at trial.
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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.
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August 20, 1985 | ERIC MALNIC, Times Staff Writer
Irv Rubin says he has never forgotten that day back in 1971 when he was a student at Cal State Northridge and Rabbi Meir Kahane, who had founded the militant Jewish Defense League three years before, stopped by to speak. "He told us, 'If you see a Nazi, don't try to convince him you're a nice guy,' " Rubin recalled. "He told us to smash him." Rubin has done a fair amount of smashing in the 14 years since then--he has been arrested, by his own estimate, more than 30 times.
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December 22, 1991 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury late Saturday found an Egyptian-born Muslim man not guilty of killing Rabbi Meir Kahane, the controversial founder of the militant Jewish Defense League. El Sayyid Nosair, 36, also was acquitted of the attempted murder of a postal police officer. Nosair was convicted of criminal possession of a weapon, assaulting postal policeman Carlos Acosta and another man and coercion for seizing a taxi as he fled the mid-Manhattan hotel where Kahane was slain on Nov. 5, 1990.
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February 7, 1991 | ANTHONY MILLICAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the Lomita home of Dr. Shlomo and Janis Elspas was defaced with white supremacist graffiti last week, the couple received dozens of calls and visits from friends and neighbors expressing sorrow and outrage. Sheriff's officials said they would immediately increase their surveillance of the area.
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November 7, 1990 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hours after the death of Rabbi Meir Kahane, teary-eyed followers of the one-time Brooklyn sportswriter gathered in anger inside a North Hollywood synagogue Tuesday and vowed to try harder to realize his dream of an Arab-free Israel.
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November 6, 1990 | JOHN J. GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meir Kahane, the controversial founder of the militant Jewish Defense League and a fierce proponent of the expulsion of Arabs from Israeli territories, was shot to death after giving a speech here Monday night. Kahane, 58, was answering questions from the audience of about 100 people when a man approached and shot him in the neck. He was pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital. The assassin was described by one witness as "smiling and looking strange" as he walked toward Kahane.
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November 18, 2002 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Irv Rubin was eulogized Sunday as a hero who dedicated himself to helping other Jews and to fighting anti-Semitism. "For the last three decades, Irv Rubin's name has been synonymous with caring, with helping, with doing," Rabbi Tzvi Block told the 175 people who gathered at Sholom Memorial Park in Sylmar. "His entire life was for the Jewish people. He was a Jewish hero, and it will be noted for time to come."
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August 23, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
A federal judge on Monday reinstated a plea bargain between prosecutors and a former Jewish Defense League member who admitted conspiring to bomb a Culver City mosque and the field office of an Arab American congressman. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew means that Earl Krugel, a 62-year-old dental technician from Reseda, now faces a 10- to 20-year prison term, instead of a mandatory 45 years behind bars if he had been convicted at trial.
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January 24, 2003 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Jewish Defense League leader Irv Rubin's estate has filed a $5-million wrongful-death claim against the U.S. government stemming from his apparent suicide last November at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles. If the government rejects the claim, Rubin's heirs can proceed with a lawsuit in U.S. District Court.
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November 18, 2002 | Jeff Gottlieb, Times Staff Writer
Irv Rubin was eulogized Sunday as a hero who dedicated himself to helping other Jews and to fighting anti-Semitism. "For the last three decades, Irv Rubin's name has been synonymous with caring, with helping, with doing," Rabbi Tzvi Block told the 175 people who gathered at Sholom Memorial Park in Sylmar. "His entire life was for the Jewish people. He was a Jewish hero, and it will be noted for time to come."
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November 17, 2002 | From Times Staff Reports
A public funeral will begin at 10 a.m. today for Irv Rubin, the Jewish Defense League chief who died late Wednesday from injuries he sustained while awaiting trial in an alleged plan to bomb a mosque. The Orthodox service will be held in the chapel at Sholom Memorial Park, 13017 Lopez Canyon Road in Sylmar. Authorities said Rubin, 57, who had been in jail, attempted suicide, but his widow, Shelley Rubin, has disputed that and is seeking an independent investigation.
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November 8, 2002 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Accusing the FBI of bias, Irv Rubin's lawyers called Thursday for an independent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Jewish Defense League leader's headlong plunge from a balcony at a federal detention center earlier this week. In a letter to federal prosecutors calling for appointment of an independent investigative team, lawyers Bryan Altman and Peter Morris also asked for copies of any videotapes that might have captured what happened before Rubin went over the rail.
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November 6, 2002 | David Rosenzweig and Greg Krikorian, Times Staff Writers
With his family claiming he was improving, Irv Rubin remained in grave condition Tuesday as new details emerged about what authorities called his suicide attempt in federal prison. The firebrand national director of the Jewish Defense League suffered serious head injuries Monday when, according to officials, he slashed himself with a razor, then leaped over a railing at the Metropolitan Detention Center in downtown Los Angeles.
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February 28, 1994 | RICHARD S. GUNTHER and GARY E. RUBIN, Richard S. Gunther is co-president of Americans for Peace Now, based in New York, and Gary E. Rubin is executive director. and
It is noteworthy that it was an American immigrant to Israel who committed a horrible act of violence Friday in the massacre of Palestinians in Hebron. What has been the effect of American immigrants on politics in Israel and specifically on relations between Israelis and Palestinians? The impact has both impeded and advanced the peace process. Settlers on the West Bank tend to be disproportionately drawn from American immigrants to Israel, though the numbers are not overwhelming.
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August 14, 1987
A former leader and two members of the Jewish Defense League pleaded guilty in New York to racketeering charges that they used the organization to carry out bombings, extortion and fraud. Former JDL national chairman Victor Vancier, 30, and associates Jay Cohen, 23, and Murray Young, 59, each face up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. A fourth member pleaded guilty to aiding a tear-gas attack that disrupted the performance of a Soviet dance troupe in New York.
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December 14, 2001 | TERESA WATANABE, TIMES RELIGION WRITER
Inside the King Fahd Mosque, as sunbeams danced off marble walls and deep chants in Arabic filled the hall, dozens of Muslims bowed, prostrated themselves and offered silent prayers. A dominant emotion here Thursday was gratitude--to be alive, to be protected by God, to still have a place to pray after FBI agents this week foiled an alleged plot by the Jewish Defense League to bomb the Culver City mosque.
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December 13, 2001 | ERIC MALNIC and RICHARD WINTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Irv Rubin says he has never forgotten that day in 1971 when he was a student at Cal State Northridge and Rabbi Meir Kahane, who had founded the militant Jewish Defense League three years before, stopped by to speak. "He told us, 'If you see a Nazi, don't try to convince him you're a nice guy,' " Rubin recalled a few years later. "He told us to smash him." Rubin has done a fair amount of smashing in the years since then--he has been arrested, by his own estimate, more than 40 times.
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