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JDL Chairman Accused of Bomb Plot

LOS ANGELES (AP): The chairman and another member of the militant Jewish Defense League were charged Wednesday with plotting to blow up a Los Angeles mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman. JDL chairman Irv Rubin, 56, and Earl Krugel, 59, were arrested Tuesday night after a JDL member turned federal informant delivered explosive powder to Krugel's home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The chairman and another member of the militant Jewish Defense League were charged Wednesday with plotting to blow up a Los Angeles mosque and the office of an Arab-American congressman.

JDL chairman Irv Rubin, 56, and Earl Krugel, 59, were arrested Tuesday night after explosive powder, the last component of a bomb, was delivered to Krugel's home by a longtime JDL member who had turned federal informant, U.S. Attorney John Gordon said.

Other bomb components and weapons were seized at the home.

Authorities said the two planned to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and the San Clemente office of freshman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.

Rubin and Krugel were charged in a federal criminal complaint with conspiracy to destroy a building by means of an explosive, which carries up to five years in prison, and possession of a destructive device related to a crime of violence, which carries a 30-year mandatory sentence.

``If you cross the line from lawfully expressing your political or religious belief to committing violent acts then you will likely end up facing federal prosecution,'' Gordon said.

It was not immediately clear when the alleged plot began or what prompted it.

But in court papers, authorities said Krugel was secretly taped during the 1980s. 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.

The JDL claims to have 13,000 members, but experts say it may have only few dozen active members.

Rubin has made a career out of confrontation, challenging white supremacists to fistfights, or burning a Confederate flag outside a courthouse. By his own count he has been arrested more than 40 times. In 1980, he was tried and acquitted of soliciting the murders of Nazis in the United States.

A lawsuit filed by Rubin resulted in a court decision last year banning prayer during Burbank City Council meetings.
 
 

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