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New Claw Added to Panther Groups

What Israel needs least these days is a third “Panther” group. But it apparently has one. Police disclosed today the existence of a group calling itself the “Religious Panthers” patterned after the “Black Panthers” and their offshoot, the “Blue and White Panthers.”

Their existence was discovered when a suspected letter bomb addressed to National Religious Party secretary general Zvi Bernstein was turned over to police. The envelope contained a harmless piece of metal and a note heaping insults on Bernstein. It was signed “Religious Panthers.” Police believe it may have been sent by a dissident group or individual within the NRP opposed to the party’s joining Premier Yitzhak Rabin’s government