This study features the American Rabbi and controversial Israeli politician Meir Kahane, who founded the Jewish Defence League in New York in the late 1960s. The League fought for the emigration of Jews from the USSR to Israel and established itself as an irreconcilable opponent of the communist Superpower. Heavily criticized in the US due to his radicalism and inclination towards extremism, and apprehended in Israel due to his racist and anti-democratic tendencies, Kahane has became one of the most important targets of the Soviet anti-Israel propaganda. The latter has brought up the enemy image of a “fascist Rabbi” Kahane and didn’t shy away from defamations and falsifications. This villainized reporting was received by many Soviet Jews who – especially the ones criticizing the regime and willing to leave the country – looked up to Kahane and considered him a hero.
Author(s): Alexander Friedman,