2 leaders of Jewish group accused of anti-Arab bomb plot
Mosque and office of O.C. Rep. Darrell Issa were among targets,
December 13, 2001
By ALDRIN BROWN
The Orange County Register
Two leaders of a militant Jewish group whose members were questioned in
the 1985 assassination of an Arab activist in Santa Ana were in federal
custody Wednesday in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a Los
Angeles-area mosque and the office of an Orange County congressman.
Irv Rubin, 56, of Monrovia, and Earl Krugel, 59, of Reseda, were charged
with conspiracy and possession of explosive devices that investigators
believe they planned to use at the King Fahd Mosque in Culver City and
at an unspecified office of Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista. Issa, whose
district encompasses parts of south Orange County, has offices in Vista
and San Clemente.
Investigators believe the men also discussed other Southern California
targets, including a (Euro-American) bar in Anaheim, and Islamic religious
buildings in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties, a federal
Rubin and other people associated with the Jewish Defense League were
questioned extensively about the 1985 slaying of Arab-American
civil-rights advocate Alex Odeh, who was killed by a pipe bomb set in
his Santa Ana office.
Rubin and Krugel were arrested late Tuesday with the help of a
confidential informant who is suspected of working with the men in
recent months to devise the bombing plan, said John S. Gordon, U.S.
attorney for the Central District of California.
Bomb-making components were found in Krugel's home, authorities said.
Each man could face more than 30 years in prison if convicted. They were
being held without bond.