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JDL Chairman Accused in Bomb Plot

December 12, 2001

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LOS ANGELES (AP) _ The chairman of the militant Jewish Defense League and a follower have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to blow up a Los Angeles mosque and the office of an Arab American congressman, federal authorities said Wednesday.

Irv Rubin, 56, and a member of the group, Earl Krugel, 59, both of Los Angeles, were arrested Tuesday night after the last component of the bomb _ explosive powder _ was delivered to Krugel’s home, U.S. Attorney John S. Gordon said.

Other bomb components and weapons were seized at Krugel’s home.

Authorities said the plot targeted a mosque in Culver City and the office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

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