KACH RIPWham! One cement block to the head and that’s all she wrote. Earl Krugel, a JDL member sent to prison for 20 years after being convicted for his part in a plot to bomb a California mosque and the office of a U.S. congressman, was murdered in prison. He had only been in the medium security federal penitentiary for three days. Medium security I guess means the guards feel comfortable leaving cement blocks around… anyhow, he’s there for three days when the prison welcome wagon comes along and… well, I’ve already told you. So let’s see, Rabbi Meir Kahane, the founder of the JDL, gets assassinated Nov. 5, 1990 – just 15 years ago – by an Egyptian terrorist who doesn’t get convicted because no one actually saw him pull the trigger (he did eventually get life +15 years for trying to blow up the World Trade Center). Then, his son, Rabbi Binyamin Kahane and his wife Talya, were killed in a shooting attack by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank. Then Irv Rubin, head of the JDL, who got arrested with the unfortunate Earl, slit his throat and fell to his death in prison. Geez, it’s rough being a Kachnik. Anyhow, I don’t mean to make light of Earl’s death, or anyone’s for that matter. He received a 20 year sentence, not the death penalty. American jails suck.

Read all about it here and here, but details are still scant.

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  • Ummmn…not to be insensitive, but wasn’t this guy a wannabe terrorist? People die in jail all the time and we don’t really get all that upset…or is Muffti (as per usual) in the dark?

  • No, this guy was a wannabe terrorist. Why on earth would these people seek to blow up a mosque or the office of a politician of Arab origin? It’s a little hard to feel sorry for him. I do feel for his family. It’s also a statement about the US prison system.

  • Really it’s sad that America’s prison system is such a sham. Think about it. If all potential terrorists know that they will just be murdered in prison, it only encourages them to stop at nothing to commit terror acts. If they are going to die under Federal protection, they might as well just take out as many people with them as possible. I don’t know, just a thought.

  • Yeah, you obviously don’t.

    If you’re referring to terrorists in America, then I must ask you, who is dragging them away to prisons? Are you suggesting that American terrorists are naturally criminals, and either face jail time or terrorist activities? this isn’t israel, honey. I’m gonna assume you’re trying to draw that analogy, but it is not that black and white.

  • Essentially no one knowing the facts would agree agree with the comment: “Then Irv Rubin, head of the JDL …slit his throat and fell to his death in prison”.
    Irv Rubin was not in prison, but at LA Fed Detection Ctr, awaiting trial. Following alleged 1985 murder of Alex Odeh (Palestinian Arab propagandist for Yassir Arafat) the AG via the FBI(its spcl investigator Mary Hogan) targeted JDL Director Rubin, and never gave up – tho Rubin was in no way involved.
    Re informant’s 11 incriminating tapes re Krugel’s
    and Rubin’s 2001 arrests for an alleged bombing plot, only 3 tapes evidently had Irv’s voice, and none were incriminating according to Rubin’s attys. Fact: Rubin was to have a hearing to separate his case from that of Krugel the very day of Rubin’s reported “suicide”. However most, (including this victim’s rights advocate) are convinced Rubin was murdered.
    The FBI states this case shows “govt’s even-handedness in dealing with terrorists – be they Muslims or Jews”. It will take an Independent Investigation to bring out the true facts of Rubin’s unfortunate arrest, his unreasonable treatment awaiting trial, and his alleged murder cover-up.
    (Visit http://www.acru.com and click “TV Archives” and
    The Patriot Act, and my reference to Irv’s demise.

  • Earl Krugel was not a “wannabe terrorist.” He WAS a terrorist or at the least a criminal. I know because I personally received a threatening phone call from him after the group I then worked for, New Jewish Agenda, took out an ad in the local Jewish paper expressing condolences to Alex Odeh’s family for his death.

    Krugel’s voice on my answering machine said: “How dare you say anything good about that dead sand nigger! Watch your step.”

    The Feds wanted Irv for Alex’s killing. But who doubts that Earl was involved?

    Then of course there was other violence through the yrs. against business associates for deals gone bad, etc.

    Live by violence & die by it.

  • Hmmm…this seems like a kosher boyz in the hood. except the bad guys aren’t gang members–they’re pediatric dentists and tax accountants.

  • The case against Irv Ruben and Earl Krugel was flimsy at best. I’m not one to buy into conspiracy theories, but the manner and timing of Irv’s so-called “suicide” was deeply troubling. The murder of Earl Krugel has left me aghast.
    Maybe I didn’t agree with all of Irv’s views, but he never killed anyone and when his group acted in a physically confrontational manner it was almost always reserved for Nazis and hate groups such as the KKK. Action was often taken in defense of non-Jewish targets of racism and hate. Irv Ruben was even commended by Morris Dees in an open letter from the Southern Poverty Law Center. He was an imperfect but inspired leader. Jews and friends of the Jewish people everywhere should honor his memory.

  • The entire case was set up by the government. The whole terrorist plot was dreamed up by a government plant.

    This was the standard government model used against the radicals in the sixties. They infiltrated a group, had their undercover people make bizarre plots, and then swooped in and arrested people.

    JDL is a dead organization. Irv Rubin’s most recent claim to fame was trying for publicity during the OJ trial.

    These two alter-kockers were no threat to anyone.

    The whole thing stinks to high heaven.

    The graphic of JDL RIP was entirely accurate.

    The JDL is dead. And this is sad for the good they did so many years ago to bring the issue of security and Soviet Jews to the forefront.

    Sigh…

  • The prison system in America protects pedophiles, murderers, rapists and…you guessed it, Islamic terrorists. When it comes to Jews, they turn their backs. Of course Jews represent the smallest minority in the prison system. That’s due to the fact that 99.9% of Jewish people are law abiding citizens that have done more good for society than any other group of human beings. They represent success, intelligence and more. They are are threat to many because of this. Jealousy, intolerance etc.manifest among the morons that can’t see their own feet because of a fat beer gut.
    Ever hear of a Rabbi molesting young boys? Are people afraid to have Jews living on their street because they don’t want too many doctors in the neighborhood? Ever hear of Shabbas services in a prison? I’m sure The Nation of Islam has carved a nitch for themselves in the prisons of America because they recruit there as well.

  • Sadly, there have been a couple of cases of a rabbi molesting girls, and one case of an alleged molesting of boys by a rabbi.

    I don’t think the prison system has a bias against Jews. I do think there are enough people in prison who hate Jews that if an outspoken JDL member gets in there, he’s not going to survive long unless he gets extra protection. At least that’s the lesson from the killings of Krugel and Rubin.

  • Earl Krugal was killed for the same reason Rav Kahane was: he was an outspoken Jew. A Jew in the diaspora finally says: hey! The fuck with anti-semitism! It’s time to stop being a lamb and just taking it! We’re going to do something about it! It’s time to fight back.

    To be a Jew and take action is a recipe for the government to render you “terrorist.”

    oh yeah, Rav Kahane’s murderer wasn’t convicted, and hey, nothing’s happened with Krugal’s murderer!!! Killed because he was a Jew.

    kahane tzadak

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