Kahane vs. Wright


Dov Hikind, a Democratic state assemblyman from Brooklyn, has issued a press release saying Barack Obama must “sever his ties with Reverend Wright and Trinity Church” because the retiring pastor reprinted a Hamas Op-Ed that appeared in the Los Angeles Times. (Obama has slammed the piece as “outrageously wrong.”)

What’s interesting here is that Hikind was a top lieutenant to the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who advocated mass transfer of Israeli and Palestinian Arabs, and wanted a law in Israel banning marriages between Jews and non-Jews. Kahane’s Jewish Defense League also engaged in some violent activities on U.S. soil and another of his Israeli organization, Kach, has been classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

Hikind’s assistant told us he’d be able to any questions about whether a Kahane loyalist is the best person to be calling out Obama about his pastor. But the New York lawmaker is in Israel and we haven’t been able to get through to him on his cell phone.

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