ADC Press Release
FBI Arrests Jewish Terrorists, Suspects in Alex Odeh Murder
Washington, DC, December 12 --The FBI today arrested two men on suspicion
that they were preparing attacks against Muslim and Arab-American
organizations in the United States. Irving David Rubin and Earl Leslie
Krugel are also considered suspects in the 1985 murder of Alex Odeh, West
Coast Regional Director of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
(ADC). Irv Rubin, 56, is the Chairman of the "Jewish Defense League"
(JDL) and another JDL member, Earl Krugel, 59, were jailed this morning at
the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles.
The three were arrested following attempts to buy what has been described
as "bomb-making materiel." The FBI suspects that they were preparing
attacks on Muslim and Arab-American groups. The JDL was founded by the
late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane in the 1970s. The group was linked to a
series of violent attacks on various targets in the 70s and 80s, including
Arab-American organizations such as ADC. Kahane moved to Israel, where he
advocated the expulsion of all Arabs from Israel and the Palestinian
Territories occupied by Israel.
ADC has been raising the issue of Odeh's murder with the FBI and Justice
Department in recent weeks, including directly with Attorney General John
Ashcroft. ADC hopes that the arrests of Rubin and Krugel lead to the
prosecution of those responsible for this heinous act of terrorism.
American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
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