Jewish activist linked to plot killed in prison

LOS ANGELES – A Jewish Defense League activist imprisoned for his role in a plot to bomb a California mosque and the office of a Lebanese-American congressman was killed at a federal prison in Phoenix, Ariz., an FBI spokesman said Saturday.

Earl Krugel, 62, was killed in an assault Friday at the Federal Correctional Institution, FBI agent Richard Murray said.

Murray wouldn’t release further details but said federal authorities had opened a homicide investigation.

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Krugel’s wife, Lola, of Los Angeles, said FBI investigators told her an inmate had struck her husband on the head from behind with a concrete block.

”Earl never saw it happening,” she said. ”He was exercising.”

He had been at the medium-security prison for three days, according to his sister Linda Krugel of Los Angeles.

Earl Krugel, a former dental assistant, and late JDL leader Irv Rubin were arrested in 2001 and charged with conspiring to bomb the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and a field office of Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who is Lebanese-American.

Krugel pleaded guilty in 2003 to one count of conspiracy to violate the civil rights of worshippers at the mosque and one count of carrying an explosive device in connection with a conspiracy to impede or injure an office of the United States.

He was sentenced in September to 20 years in prison.

The Jewish Defense League was founded in 1968 by Rabbi Meir Kahane.

Kahane advocated the forcible removal of Arabs from Israel. He was assassinated in 1990 in New York.


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Associated Press, via The Register-Guard, USA
Nov. 6, 2005
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