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Theocratic DemocracyThe Social Construction of Religious and Secular Extremism$
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Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199734863

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734863.001.0001

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Theocratic Underground Groups

Theocratic Underground Groups

(p.85) 6 Theocratic Underground Groups
Theocratic Democracy

Nachman Ben-Yehuda

Oxford University Press

Between 1948-1998 there were quite a few Jewish underground groups that preached that Israel should become a Jewish theocracy – that is, run according to the Halakha, and practiced their beliefs, many times using harsh violence. The chapter details these groups, their history, activities, rise and demise. Among such groups one finds Hamahane and Brit Hakanaim, The 1980 Jewish Underground, Keshet, The Modesty Guards, and a few other such groups. Acts by such groups included burning secular establishments like kiosks, restaurants, bus stations, harassing seculars, threats, intimidations, beatings, considering to blow up the mosques on the Temple Mount.

Keywords:   Bat Ayin, Brit Hakanaim, Hamahane, Jewish Underground, Keshet, Modesty Guards, Temple Mount, Yad La’achim

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