More Demonstrations Expected to Protest Sentences of 2 Yeshiva Students

Police here and in other cities were preparing today for the possibility of more demonstrations by Orthodox zealots to protest the sentences pronounced by a Tel Aviv district court yesterday on two yeshiva students, Israel Brand and Shmuel Wiesenstern, convicted of fire-bombing the Eros shop in Tel Aviv.

Several hundred yeshiva students demonstrated last night in B’nai Iraq, a religious township near Tel Aviv. Police detained two persons and dispersed the rest after the students blocked traffic and lit a bonfire in the street. Police arrested three persons in the Mea Shearim quarter Saturday night after a street celebration to mark the end of Simchat Torah turned into a violent demonstration for the convicted students.

Brand, 19; drew an 18-month sentence and an additional 18-month deferred sentence. Wiesenstern, 19, was sentenced to one year plus a one year suspended sentence. The court said it understood the moral reasons that motivated the youths to set fire to the shop that sells erotica but that their reasons did not justify arson.

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