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Hassidic Youths Get Suspended Sentences for Painting Swastikas

Five Hassidic yeshiva students who were arrested last month on charges of painting swastikas on the walls of the building housing the Israeli Consulate-General and United Nations Mission here were given suspended sentences yesterday when they were arraigned before a magistrate, and released Prior to their release, they expressed “repentance” for their acts.

The defacing of the Israeli offices with the Nazi symbol had been an act of protest against Israel in connection with the rioting that had taken place in Jerusalem, where ultra-zealous factions tried to block Sabbath traffic entering Jerusalem through the Mandelbaum Gate. Of the five arrested, two were arraigned as juvenile delinquents, being under the age of 17, while those who were older–aged between 17 and 22–were charged with malicious mischief. All five had been under parole of their parents or attorneys since they were arrested.

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