JERUSALEM (Sep. 8)
Two 20-year-old youths were sentenced in Jerusalem District Court today to prison terms of three years each following their conviction on three counts in connection with an attempt to bomb the Education Ministry building last May.
Judge Y. Cohen ordered special treatment for the pair, mordecai Freund and David Blau, and ruled their sentences should be retroactive to the date of their detention three months ago. He warned in the future severer sentences would be imposed on individuals seeking to impose their opinion on the authorities by use of violence.
The two youths were found guilty of conspiring to bomb the government building, of attempting to plant bombs in it and of possession of bombs. The attempted bombing of the ministry coincided with widespread religious protests against the National Service Act requiring girls exempt from military service because of religious reasons to perform non-military public service.