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Jdl Head Blames Mayor Lindsay for Clash During Soviet Mission Protest

Rabbi Meir Kahane, director of the Jewish Defense League; accused Mayor Lindsay’s office yesterday of responsibility for a clash last Tuesday between JDL members and the police at a demonstration outside the Soviet mission to the United Nations. A spokesman for the Mayor’s office said that the matter was “completely handled by the Police Department” and that the charge against the Mayor’s office was “fiction.”

Rabbi Kahane, who was one of 27 people, mostly JDL members, arrested in the melee, also charged that the clash developed when police refused to honor a permit permitting a demonstration at the site on behalf of Soviet Jewry. He said the permit had been honored previously in the JDL proclaimed vigil. All of the arrested demonstrators were released in their own custody.