Jewish Defense League


Jewish Defense League (JOO-ish deh-FENS LEEG) listen


Example Sentences

  • "The Jewish Defense League was founded in New York by the ultra-nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1968. In 2001, the FBI labeled it a violent 'right-wing terrorist group.'" (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English

Who Uses This

  • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
  • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


  • North America


  • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

Alternative Spellings



  • "Founded in the United States in 1968, the JDL is an organization of Jewish activists dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and defending Jewish interests. The JDL is often in favor of 'fighting back' rather than discussion when anti-Semitism or violence against Jews is involved." (JPS)

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