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Jewish Defense League Members Arrested for Chaining Themselves to Soviet Mission

April 20, 1970
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Fifteen members of the Jewish Defense League, including its leader, Rabbi Meir Kahane, were arrested this afternoon after they chained themselves to the fence in front of the Soviet Mission to the United Nations. The group was demonstrating against the treatment of Jews in the Soviet Union. They set up a seder table with tablecloth, matzohs, wine and candles on the sidewalk opposite the Mission headquarters and then chained themselves to the fence. Police arrived ten minutes later and removed the chains with metal clippers. Kahane, an Orthodox rabbi, scuffled briefly with policemen. The JDL has recently adopted the plight of Soviet Jewry as its cause. Rabbi Kahane and several of his youthful followers were arrested two months ago after invading the offices of Tass, the Soviet news agency here.

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