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Begin Cancels Administrative Detention Order Against Kahane

A six-month administrative detention order against Kach leader Rabbi Meir Kahane was cancelled today an a direct order by Premier Menachem Begin acting in his capacity as Defense Minister. The order was originally issued by Ezer Weizman last May while he was still Defense Minister following information that Kahane initiated a “serious illegal action.” The specifics of this action were never revealed. Under recent Israeli regulations detention orders must be renewed every three months.

Despite Begin’s order Kahane was not released from jail where he is serving a concurrent seven-month sentence for holding an illegal demonstration at the Hebrew University two years ago. Kahane is soon to face another trial on charges that he disrupted the public order and prevented a soldier from carrying out his duties during a demonstration in Nablus.