NEW YORK (Feb. 1)
Two Jewish Defense League leaders were given prison terms and 14 other JDLers were fined in Criminal Court today in connection with damaging the offices of the New York Board of Rabbis last summer. Meanwhile, a 17-year-old JDLer was charged in Brooklyn Federal Court today with buying a rifle allegedly used to shoot into the Soviet Mission several weeks ago.
JDLers Lawrence Fine, executive director, and Eileen Garfinkel received two concurrent three-month terms; eight others were fined $200 each, and six others were fined $100 each. The eight and the six were also put on probation. JDLer Gary Schlian, who had $20,000 bail imposed on him after he was arrested Saturday night for allegedly trying to jump a previous bail to fly to Israel and who was released last night on bond, was charged by the FBI this morning on the rifle-buying charge. His bail was raised to $35,000.
At the same time, that charge was dropped against JDLer Isaac Jaroslawicz, a rabbi’s son. Fine. in reporting the developments to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, called the charge against Schlian “trumped up,” said the youth was “definitely not guilty” and asserted that “the government is victimizing our members.”