Police Believe Kahane’s Assailant, Charged with Murder, Acted Alone

Police investigating the murder of Israeli extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane have found no terrorist link to the Nov. 5 slaying and believe the suspected assassin acted alone.

“There is an ongoing investigation of the case by the Joint Terrorist Task Force, but so far no information has been developed to indict anyone else,” Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said last week.

He spoke after El Sayyid Nosair, Kahane’s alleged assassin, was indicted on murder charges. Nosair pleaded not guilty to the charges during a Nov. 21 appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court.

During the appearance, the devout Moslem suspect wore a traditional skullcap with Arabic lettering, as he was formally informed of the charges against him. Joining Nosair in the courtroom were supporters of the slain Jewish leader, estimated to number between 50 and 100 people.

Following the hearing, protesters led by Kach International, the extremist movement founded by Kahane, demonstrated outside the courthouse at 100 Centre Street in downtown Manhattan. Approximately 50 people paraded in a circle, chanting slogans calling for revenge.

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