NEW YORK (Mar. 13)
Eight members of the Jewish Defense League were arrested today after police said they broke windows at the offices of Aeroflot Soviet Airlines in midtown Manhatian. They were scheduled to be arraigned on charges of reckless endangerment and rioting, police said. One of them also was charged with possession of a dangerous weapon. Police said that eight came to the Aeroflot office at 12:45 a.m. today. pushed away the police officer guarding the office and broke the windows.
Bonnie Pechter, the JDL’s national director, said the incident today was part of the JDL’s “escalating” assult on the Soviet Union’s harassment of Jews in the USSR, Police listed the eight arrested as: Simon Greenspan, of Jersey City. N.J.; Kenneth Wechaler, of Teaneck, N.J.; and Randy Medoff, Stephen Zang, Michell Goldstein, Martin Travis, Daniel Szmekes and Michael Steinberg, all of New York.