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U.S. State Department Blasts Israeli Politician Ben-Gvir for “Celebrating Terrorism”

HeadlineNov 11, 2022

Meanwhile, in Washington, D.C., the State Department called out far-right Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir for attending the memorial for Meir Kahane, the ultranationalist founder of the racist Kach party, which later became Kahane Chai. This is State Department spokesperson Ned Price.

Ned Price: “Celebrating the legacy of a terrorist organization is abhorrent. There is no other word for it. It is abhorrent. And we remain concerned, as we said before, by the legacy of Kahane Chai and the continued use of rhetoric among violent right-wing extremists.”

In May, the Biden administration removed Kahane Chai from its list of “foreign terrorist organizations” despite its connection to the murder of Palestinians and Arab Americans, including on U.S. soil. Itamar Ben-Gvir is expected to become a key member of Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government.

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