Cartoon Kahane is comic book character

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2010
Rabbi Meir Kahane

Rabbi Meir Kahane

An extremist right-wing rabbi has been made into a comic book cartoon, 20 years after his assassination.

Rabbi Meir Kahane is the "star" of “Miracle Man”, a 50-page graphic novel designed to educate children about his life and political ideology.

It has been published by the Jerusalem-based Yeshiva of the Jewish Idea, set up in 1987 by Rabbi Kahane and now run by his followers.

Its English director Levi Chaden said: “[The comic] is for those who never had the chance to meet him.”

He told the Media Line website: “Everyone loves comics. It’s an easy and fun way to understand his ideas.”

Rabbi Kahane founded the Jewish Defence League in Brooklyn in 1968. He moved to Israel three years later and set up the Kach party, through which he espoused openly anti-Arab views. Kach won one Knesset seat in 1984 before the party was banned.

Rabbi Kahane was assassinated in New York by an Egyptian terrorist, but his legacy remains powerful and polarising in Israel and around the world.

On the 20th anniversary of his death last month his supporters descended on the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel, to demonstrate against the Islamic Movement

However the comic has not had miraculous sales – only 100 copies went in the first week.

Last updated: 11:56am, November 3 2010