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Kahane Urges Election Boycott, Speaks of Labor-likud Conspiracy

October 25, 1988
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Rabbi Meir Kahane, whose extremist Kach party was disqualified from the Nov. 1 Knesset elections, is urging his followers to boycott the voting.

He told a rally of some 2,000 here that the ban was a “conspiracy of the Likud and Labor.” He accused Likud of treason.

The Central Election Committee decided unanimously two weeks ago to remove Kach from the ballot, because it found its platform to be racist.

Kahane’s appeal against the panel’s decision was rejected last week by Israel’s High Court of Justice.

Kahane is using the ban to arouse his supporters at street rallies. They vow to fight until “Meir Kahane becomes prime minister.”

The American-born rabbi apparently is trying to prove wrong the political pundits who predicted that his movement would fall apart once he was eliminated from the Knesset race.

To keep enthusiasm at a high pitch, he has filed to be a poll watcher in the Israeli Arab town of Shfaram on Election Day.

The move is a deliberate provocation to the Arabs there, who have been harassed by Kahane’s cohorts in the past. But the Central Elections Committee says there is no legal way to keep Kahane out of Shfaram on Nov. 1.

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