Jewish extremist involved in fatal torching of Palestinian home released without charges

Published June 1st, 2016 - 03:00 GMT
Meir Ettinger, the alleged head of a Jewish extremist group, at the Magistrate's Court in Nazareth Illit on August 4, 2015, a day after his arrest. (AFP/Jack Guez)
Meir Ettinger, the alleged head of a Jewish extremist group, at the Magistrate's Court in Nazareth Illit on August 4, 2015, a day after his arrest. (AFP/Jack Guez)

Far-right Jewish extremist Meir Ettinger was released on Wednesday after 10 months in administrative detention. 

Ettinger and two other far-right activists - Evyatar Slonim and Mordechai Meir – were arrested in August as part of a crackdown on Jewish extremists following the fatal torching of a Palestinian family in their home in Duma in the West Bank.

Both Slonim and Meir were released in February.

 
Ettinger is seen as one of the leading extreme right figures in Israel, and his arrest and administrative detention were part of security forces efforts to combat “price tag” attacks and violent Jewish extremists in the wake of the Duma attack. 
 
Though at any given point hundreds of Palestinians are in administrative detention for terrorism-related allegations, the measure – an indefinite detention without charge – was not used against Jews for years before Ettinger’s detention. 
 
By Ben Hartman

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