NEW YORK (Feb. 5)
Three men protesting the sentence given the man acquitted of killing Rabbi Meir Kahane were arrested Sunday at the Statue of Liberty.
The men, members of the militant group Kahane Chai, were charged with illegally demonstrating on federal property, after blocking access to the monument with banners proclaiming “Justice for Kahane.”
Spokesman Ben Lemkin explained that the site was chosen because it represents the idea of American as a haven for liberty and justice.
“We look at the whole Nosair fiasco as a symbol of how there will be no justice for Jews in America,” said Lemkin.
E1 Sayyid Nosair was sentenced Jan 29 to 7 1/3 to 22 years in prison for shooting two people and commandeering a taxi following Kahane’s killing, but was acquitted of Kahane’s murder.
“We were there to send a message to American Jews that we must make emergency aliyah,” said Lemkin, a lawyer who plans to move to Israel in a number of months.
Meanwhile, another militant group, the Jewish Defense Organization, is continuing its picketing campaign against Nosair’s attorney, William Kunstler.