NEW YORK (Apr. 16)
Rabbi Meir Kahune, founder of the Jewish Defense League, who was sentenced last month to a one-year term in a federal prison, is reportedly allowed to leave a Manhattan half-way house for federal prisoners and travel around the city for seven hours each day. The half-way house is a Manhattan West Side apartment hotel to which Kahane was sent, pending transfer to a minimum-security federal penitentiary in Allentown, Pa, He was convicted of violating conditions of a 1971 parole and sentenced by Brooklyn Federal Judge Jack Weinstein.
Weinstein granted the order which allows Kahane out of the apartment from 6 a.m, to 9 a.m., noon until 1 p.m., and 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Weinstein said he approved the order because the JDL leader had protested that the federal Bureau of Prisons had refused to provide him with kosher food at the Allentown prison. The judge said he would rule next week on Kahane’s motion that all Jewish prisoners be provided with a special diet on request, Weinstein noted that New York City jails provide kosher food.