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Frederick E. Greenspahn

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781479896806

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479896806.001.0001

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Jewish Ideological Killers

Jewish Ideological Killers

Religious Fundamentalism or Ethnic Marginality?

(p.166) 7 Jewish Ideological Killers
Contemporary Israel

Michael Feige

NYU Press

Israel’s settlers are a diverse group that includes radicals, ideologically motivated conservatives who seek recognition, and non-ideological individuals who act out of financial motives. Although some killers have come from the inner circle of the Ashkenazi community, Yigal Amir (a mizrachi Jew who assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin) and Baruch Goldstein (an American immigrant who killed 29 worshipping Muslims) were both marginal fundamentalists who came from the movement’s ethnic fringes rather than its core.

Keywords:   Yigal Amir, Baruch Goldstein, Gush Emunim, Jewish Underground, Meir Kahane, Avraham Kook, radicalism, settlers

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