NEW YORK (Mar. 8)
Charges have been dropped against four demonstrators who were arrested in January for staging a sit-in at the West German Consulate General here to protest planned arms sales by Bonn to Saudi Arabia. The charges of criminal tresspass against the four were dismissed in the New York City Criminal Court.
The four — Rabbi Avraham Weiss, of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, Father Bruce Bramlett, Rector of St. Marks Episcopal Church in Teaneck, N.J., and Dan Posner and Bernie Glickman — participated in the peaceful sit-in which coincided with the arrival in Israel of West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl. The sit-in was organized by Americans for a Safe Israel.
In a statement after the charges were dismissed, Weiss said: “We are thankful for the judge’s decision. The real criminal is the German government, which is prepared to sell arms to a country whose avowed aim is the destruction of Israel. Tragically, the Germany of yesterday is resurfacing today, and the German government’s actions evoke remembrances of things past.”