LOS ANGELES (Apr. 17)
The Jewish Defense League here has charged the Los Angeles police department with “brutality” after federal and local police swooped down on JDL headquarters and homes of members Tuesday in an apparent investigation of a series of explosions in the Los Angeles area recently. One JDL member, Philip J. Goodman, 19, is being held on $105,000 ball although no charges have been pressed against him as yet, according to a JDL spokesman.
The spokesman, Abraham Feingold, 21, told the JTA that members of the FBI, the Los Angeles police department and the Beverly Hills police, armed with search warrants, searched JDL headquarters on Fairfax Avenue and the homes of JDL members. He said the police knocked JDL members to the ground and Irving Rubin, 26, JDL coordinator here, was hospitalized with a broken arm and nerve damage. Feingold, Rubin and Dave Siegel, 25 were arrested with Goodman but later released.
Feingold denied the JDL had anything to do with the bombings although he said it applauds them. One of the bombings was aboard the Caribe Star, an excursion boat to Catalina, which was reported to be sold to Kuwait interests. Another damaged the Iraq Airlines office. The bombings were followed by telephone calls saying, “Israel Will Live” and “Never Again.”