New York – Israeli IDF Vets Train NY Jewish Paramilitaries In Catskills

27 07 2008

New York – Yonatan Stern, the “Sgan Mefaked Hakita” (deputy squad commander) of Kitat Konenut New York, insists his “paramilitary emergency armed response team” is no “group of vigilantes or a JDL “The goal of the organization is to have a competent and professional group of armed volunteers ready to respond to a threat at a moment’s notice in any area where Jews reside,” explains the Israeli combat veteran.“We do not carry out demonstrations or political activity of any kind as we have no political agenda. Our agenda is to protect Jews wherever and whenever necessary and by any means needed.”

On Friday, the third session of the group’s training camp will begin in the Catskills woodlands of upstate New York, on land belonging to a Jewish supporter of the organization. With tuition at $400, the group expects 15 participants and five instructors for the 10 days of training. Participation has doubled since the group began three years ago.

Kitat Konenut New York is modeled on the rapid response teams in the West Bank settlements that are often the first to act when terrorist attacks or other emergencies take place. The group bills itself as religious-Zionist but nonpolitical.

American Jews have “felt a false sense of security in the United States,” Stern believes, “because historically there has been less anti-Semitism than in other countries. But there have been incidents – neo-Nazi terrorist attacks, Arab terrorist attacks. Jews have to be vigilant.”

“The threat is not from the American people or government,” he adds, but from “terrorist sleeper cells that want to target Jews. These people are very dangerous and the FBI issues warnings against them very often,” he said, citing the FBI’s warning, after the killing of Hizbullah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh in Damascus in February, that the Lebanese group might carry out terror attacks on Jewish communities.

“The average American is friendly to Jews, but we’re worried about those individuals on the periphery of society,” Stern says.


The group was founded in the summer of 2006 in response to the shooting attack at the Jewish federation of Seattle premises by local Muslim Naveed Haq.


“We realized there is a need for this kind of organization, and as Israeli combat veterans living in the US, we have the skills and ability to respond to this,” Stern says.

The group’s MySpace page details the camp’s regimen, which includes training in the IDF’s Krav Maga martial art, use of non-lethal weapons and identification of suspicious objects, but also sharpshooter and assault rifle training, infantry exercises and endurance marches. Explanatory literature lists a large number of weapons with which participants can expect to train.

“We believe all Jews in the US must be legally armed and trained,” Stern says, “and towards this goal we hold paramilitary training camps to train and equip Jewish American youth.”

The group’s literature notes emphatically that all firearms used in training “are 100% legal and in compliance with all federal, state and local laws.”

“We strongly believe in the constitutional right to bear arms and we express this right to its fullest,” it adds.

The group claims to be “well-connected with the New York police and fire departments” and it invites “all members of the law enforcement community to join in our life-saving activities.”

Stern says, “We are all legally armed and carry radios and cellphones” during all hours of the day, and even on Shabbat, “as we need to be constantly ready to respond to any incident.”

The camp literature also promises discussions on Torah and Halacha, understanding and confronting terrorism, fighting anti-Semitism, the history of the Zionist movement in the Land of Israel, and encouraging participants to “know your rights and learn how every American can and must be legally armed and how to express the Second Amendment” – the right to bear arms.

 Funded by tuition money and a handful of private donors, the group does not exclude secular Jews, Stern says, but asks that they respect the Orthodox nature of the camp by observing Shabbat in public and refraining from bringing non-kosher food.

“We wouldn’t have a problem with non-Jews coming either,” says Stern, “but no non-Jew has applied thus far.




9 responses

31 07 2008
Max Fortres


1 08 2008
5-Pillar Scribe

If those were Muslim vets of the U.S. gathering together to cook marshmallows and complain about the war, they would be arrested for arson and conspiracy.

5 01 2009
rachamim ben ami

Ignorant goyim, bar none. “Lost in Lebanon” when the primary objective was to neutralise Hezbolah rocket batteries? How many rockets have fallen since the end of August 2006? Want to guess? Stupidity. Nothing onstructive to say so try to race bait some Jews. You 2 posters are perfet recruiting posters.

11 04 2010

Ignorant goyim? I thought this site didn’t do bigotry?

NO rockets hit Israel UNTIL Israel invaded Lebanon. It was only then that rocket attacks on Israel commenced. And no rockets will hit Israel unless it attacks again.

Although it continually and illegally invades Lebanon’s airspace with it’s fighter planes, Hezbollah are about protecting Lebanon’s sovereignty. Which Israel completely disrespects. Hezbollah, according to Israel, have INCREASED their rocket arsenal – and have made rockets capable of hitting any part of Israel.

The primary objective was to punish the people of Lebanon for ‘harboring’ Hezbollah. That was the stated, and the obvious, goal. Israel bombed all parts of Lebanon -NOT just Hezbollah strongholds. So that demonstrates YOUR ignorance.

The ‘militia’ above sounds like a terrorist training camp to me. And considering the track record of fanatical Israel supporters – it likely is one….

18 04 2010

I’m sorry that you don’t have your facts straight, Israel only invaded Lebanon, after rockets shot from Lebanon hailed down upon the Israeli population.

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19 06 2009

Great post I learned alot! Thanks =)

8 08 2009

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2 09 2010
Jewish Militia Developing in the US to fend off 'Muslim Threat' - Stormfront

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6 09 2010

What good is it going to do teaching American Jews the Israeli Jew methods of war, i.e. shooting white phosphorus shells into civilian areas and bulldozing over civilians?

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