Spanish Police Arrest Three Kach Extremists
MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Spanish police today detained the son of slain Jewish extremist Meir Kahane and two members of his Kach party after they distributed leaflets condemning Israel’s participation in the Middle East peace conference.
The arrests were the first in connection with the three-day first round of talks between Israel and Syria, Lebanon and a joint Palestinian-Jordanian delegation.
Binyamin Kahane was arrested after he and the others handed out the leaflets at the Princessa Husa Hotel, where the Israeli delegation is staying. His father, who founded the Jewish Defense League and favored expelling all Arabs from Israel and the occupied territories, was assassinated last November in New York.
Last week, Kahane’s Kach party threatened to blow up the peace conference, which began in Madrid Wednesday. But Kach spokesman Mike Guzofsky, reached in Jerusalem, said the movement intended to ″sabotage″ the event. He did not elaborate.
An Interior Ministry official said Kahane and two unidentified Kach party associates were in police custody after being arrested. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the men were being held for security reasons.
Guzofsky said today he had been told that Binyamin Kahane and three other Kach members were initially detained by Israeli security officials, who turned them over to Spanish police. He said his information came from unidentified sources in Madrid.
There was no immediate explanation for the discrepancy in the number of people arrested.
Guzofsky identified the men arrested with the younger Kahane as Ben Gibor, Ted Rist and Yehuda Cohen, all U.S. citizens from New York.
The Spanish Interior Ministry official said he did not know if the men would appear before a judge. Under Spanish law, police can hold suspects up to 72 hours before filing formal charges.
The leaflets the group was distributing claimed that Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir had no mandate to negotiate territorial concessions in Madrid, and said history would judge him as a traitor for even attending the conference.