JERUSALEM, NOV. 7 -- Thousands of Israelis turned out today to honor radical Rabbi Meir Kahane as he was buried in Jerusalem, and hundreds sought revenge for his assassination by rampaging through downtown streets, breaking shop windows and beating up Arab passersby.
Police said at least two Palestinians were severely hurt and three policemen were injured as Kahane's supporters surged through the streets of Jewish West Jerusalem shouting, "Death to the Arabs!" as they followed the funeral procession.
The four-hour funeral, procession and burial drew one of the largest turnouts ever seen in Israel for the anti-Arab militant, whose Kach movement had been declining in influence in recent years. Kahane, 58, was assassinated in New York on Monday by a man identified as an Egyptian-born naturalized American who police said apparently was acting on his own.
Thousands of people gathered for the funeral service in an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and lined the streets for the three-mile-long procession that took Kahane's body to a cemetery on the west edge of the city.
Israeli radio reported that up to 15,000 people joined the demonstrations at the funeral. Many were Orthodox Jews in traditional black suits, who followed the smaller knots of Kach activists but did not join in their anti-Arab slogans. Several members of parliament from far-right parties, including two ministers in the government of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, appeared for the rites, but received a cool reception from the crowd.
As his body lay in the yeshiva he founded in Jerusalem, Kahane was eulogized for more than two hours by Israeli dignitaries and his supporters, several of whom suggested that he would be violently revenged. "Revenge!" one Kach militant declared. "The right to speak will be spoken by a knife."
Two Palestinians were shot to death Tuesday in a West Bank village by a civilian wearing a Jewish skullcap and driving a car with Israeli license plates, and security officials said today they feared more such attacks.
The newspaper Haaretz quoted security sources as saying they had been told Kach supporters were planning armed assaults in the occupied territories in the coming days, including assassination attempts against Palestinian political leaders.
Israeli radio said police had stepped up patrols outside the homes of leading Palestinian figures in East Jerusalem and increased protection for Arab members of Israel's parliament, who have been a particular target of Kach antagonism.
The trouble following the funeral today began when hundreds of Kach members, wearing yellow T-shirts bearing the movement's emblem -- a star of David emblazoned with a clenched fist -- peeled off from the procession and attacked an Israeli television crew. Chasing the crew inside the building housing the headquarters of state television, the crowd began throwing stones and injured a policeman before being scattered by police on horseback.
Later, several hundred Kach supporters rampaged near the West Jerusalem bus station and the main highway west out of the city, breaking store windows and blocking traffic as they searched for Arabs. An Arab passerby was severely beaten by the crowd, which then clashed with police and tried to block an ambulance sent to rescue him.
Israeli radio reported that another Palestinian was stabbed by Kach supporters near the Mahane Yehuda vegetable market in central Jerusalem. It said police arrested several demonstrators for throwing stones.
As the funeral began, parliament held a bitter debate over the legacy of Kahane, who served in the body from 1984 to 1988 before being banned from running for reelection because of his racist platform. In one of the most bitter comments, a member of the left-wing Labor Party, Avraham Burg, said Kahane was "a bad Jew" who "believed in the ideology that 'you shall murder,' and died at the hands of someone who also believed in that same ideology."
Police Minister Ronnie Milo responded that the assassination was "an attack on freedom of speech," arguing that the bullets that killed Kahane were also aimed at anyone else who did not agree with radical Arab views.
Several Israeli political commentators predicted today that Kahane's Kach movement will collapse in the wake of his death. But they noted that some of Kahane's radical positions, such as his call for the expulsion of Arabs from Israel and the occupied territories, had already been incorporated into the platforms of other ultra-nationalist parties who have begun to appeal to the constituency he forged.