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Israel sanctions administrative detention against Jewish extremists


By Zuzana Brezinová - August 09, 2015
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Israel has authorised the use of administrative detention against Jewish extremists following a recent upsurge in settler violence targeting Palestinians in the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

 

“We must not lose this battle and allow a violent, extremist minority to dictate our national agenda and way of life,” Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon posted on his Twitter account.

 

Last Friday, a group of orthodox Jewish settlers attacked a Palestinian family house in the West Bank village of Duma, south of Nablus, setting it ablaze.

 

The arson attack, in which an 18-month-old toddler was burnt alive, sparked international outcry over impunity of Jewish violence and forced Israel to tighten its security procedures regarding its Jewish inhabitants.

 

“We will not accept violence against anyone, especially when it is motivated by discrimination – of any kind,” said Ya’alon.

 

On Monday, Israeli security forces detained Meir Ettinger, leader of Jewish extremists and a grandson of Meir Kahane, founder of a radical anti-Palestinian underground group called Kach, under administrative detention.

 

The case of Meit Ettinger is the first one, in which Israel approved the use of administrative detention against an Israeli Jew and later even sanctioned its extension based on Ettinger’s alleged involvement in “nationalist crimes.”

 

Shawan Jabarin, director of a Palestinian human rights organisation Al-Haq, told Al-Jazeera that the organisation registered an upsurge in settler violence targeting Palestinians with 42 incidents reported between January and May 2015.

 

"There is no accountability. Because of that, the settlers feel they are enjoying impunity," Jabarin told Al-Jazeera.

 

“The big picture is that Israeli settlers are attacking, shooting and burning Palestinians every day. The soldiers, the commanders, the Israeli political leaders are part of the crime," Jabarin added.

 

On Tuesday morning, Israeli defence minister Moshe Ya’alon signed another administrative detention order against Mordechai Mayer and Eviatar Slonim, two Jewish hardliners suspected of involvement in violent activities and terrorist attacks, reported Ma’an News Agency.

 

“We decidedly oppose the use of detentions and administrative orders against Jews. The draconian use of these orders goes around the court and effectively obviates the existence of the State of Israel,” said representatives of Honeny, a legal aid organisation assisting Israelis accused of security crimes, The Times of Israel reported.

 

Administrative detention is a security measure ordinarily used by Israeli authorities to detain Palestinians without indictment or trial. The law was instigated in the region under the British Mandate.

 

“Detention without trial is necessary to stop further violence in cases where there is not enough evidence to prosecute suspects, or where going to court would risk revealing the identity of secret informants,” Israeli Interior minister Gilad Erdan told BBC.

 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin expressed his concerns over the upsurge in Jewish violence and condemned the recent arson attack, as well as the deadly stabbing during Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade, as “acts of terrorism” in a recent Facebook post.

 

“I feel the pain over my people choosing the path of terrorism and losing their humanity. Their path is not the path of the State of Israel and is not the path of the Jewish people. Unfortunately, it seems that so far we've dealt with the phenomenon of Jewish terrorism limply,” wrote Rivlin.

 

Rivlin’s explicit condemnation of Jewish violence was met with aggressive response on social media with some of the comments threatening to “cut [him] up and stuff [him] into a shoe box,” or labelling him “a dirty traitor,” whose “end will be worse than Sharon’s,” reported Ma’an News Agency.

 

Meanwhile, anti-violent rallies were held across Israel with participants chanting slogans against hate crimes and condemning the recent wave of violence in the country. The largest protests took place in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem last Saturday.


 

 

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