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Four Neturei Karta Members Begin Jail Terms Imposed in Riots over Pool

Four more members of the Neturei Karta were to begin jail terms today on sentences imposed Friday but suspended until the close of the Shevuoth holiday.

Like defendants in previous trials, the four sect members were charged with creating public disturbances inarrests growing out of the sect’s demonstrations against a pool in Jerusalem in which mixed bathing will be permitted.

Two of the defendants sentenced Friday had previous convictions. They were given one month each and ordered to post bonds of good behavior for one year. The other two were given sentences of 10 days in jail plus 25 pounds fines and were also ordered to post good behavior bonds.

Judge Yitzhak Bazak said he had made a distinction, in determining judgment, between unauthorized demonstrators and persons who, after fasting and prayer, vented their protests out of deep religious convictions. He added that the demonstrators knew from past experience that their protests could be used to create disorder by extremists and that the defendants should know they could muster support for their cause by legal and peaceful means.

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