NEW YORK (Jul. 21)
Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the Jewish Defense League, was attacked and beaten by three unidentified assailants on a dark Jerusalem street last week. It was reported here today by a spokesman for Kahane. The spokesman said that the JDL founder, who recently formed a new political group in Israel called “Kach” which will seek Knesset seats in the next election, had held a press conference earlier in the day during which he criticized the government for endangering the lives of the Jews in Israel.
According to the spokesman, Kahane was walking on Hanna Street in the Tel Arza section of Jerusalem after leaving a class he had given to students participating in a JDL leadership course when he was assaulted. The assailants left Kahane bleeding and wounded and fled from the scene when an automobile happened to pass by, the spokesman said.
Kahane was reportedly taken to the nearest Red Magen David aid station where he was treated for cuts and bruises on his head and elbow. According to the spokesman, Kahane believes he was attacked by professional strong arm men since the assailants did not demand any money nor were any political slogans or statements made during the attack.