Two Jewish Defense League Leaders
Arrested In LA Terror Bomb Plot

LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) - Two leaders of the Jewish Defense League were arrested by federal authorities Wednesday in an aborted plot to blow up an unidentified Los Angeles institution, according to a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles.

Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel were taking into federal custody Wednesday following early morning raids by members of an anti-terrorism task force, said spokesman Thom Mrozek.

"We are working on a complaint charging Rubin and Krugel to blow some type of target based on an inside informant," said Mrozek. "The plot was not carried out."
Rubin is identified as the group's chairman on the Web site.

The Jewish Defense League is a militant Los Angeles-based group that advocates use of "all necessary means -- even strength, force and violence" to defend the interests of Jews, as well as the return of all Jews to Israel, according to its Web site. Its logo contains a silhouette of a clenched fist over the Star of David.

The organization was originally formed by Meir Kahane to mount armed response to anti-Semitic acts in New York City. It gained notoriety when its members were linked to bombings, most of them aimed at Soviet targets in retaliation for the way that country treated its Jewish population.

Kahane left the JDL and moved to Israel. A power struggle ensued, with Rubin among the contenders for its leadership.

Kahane was assassinated in New York in 1990. El Sayyid Nosair, 36, an Egyptian-born Muslim, was convicted in connection with the shooting.


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