The United States has deemed the Internet sites of four
Jewish groups as terrorist.
The State Department included the websites of groups connected to
assassinated Knesset member Meir Kahane as a "foreign terrorist
organizations." This would subject the websites to a range of U.S.
Kahane was killed in 1990 by a member of an Al Qaida-aligned
organization that three years later tried to destroy the World Trade Center. The killer was Sayed Nosair, who was part of the network of Sheik Omar Abdul Rahman.
Kahane's son, Binyamin and his wife, were killed in a Palestinian attack in
the West Bank in 2000, Middle East Newsline reported.
Kach has advocated a theological state in Israel and has called for
deportation of Arabs who refuse to accept Jewish control. Such a state would
ban marriages between Jews and non-Jews.
The websites are www.newkach.org, www.Kahane.org, www.Kahane.net and
www.Kahanetzadak.com. They are all connected to the Kach organization
established by Kahane in the 1980s and previously deemed as a terrorist
Neither Kach nor its splinter groups have been formally charged in
Israel or the United States with any attacks that have resulted in
casualties. Supporters of Kahane have been accused of targeting Arab
embassies and lobbyists in the 1980s.
The State Department designation bans donations to the websites. Three
of the sites offer books and provide information on where contributions
could be sent.
Israel declared Kahane Chai as a terrorist group in 1994 after a Kach
supporter gunned down 29 Muslims in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The United States later followed suit.