Published On: Mon, Aug 10th, 2015

Israel jails Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim, Mordechai Meyer without trial for Palestinian home attack

Israel jailed suspected “Jewish militants” without trial on Sunday for the deadly fire attack on a Palestinian home.

Meir Ettinger and Eviatar Slonim, were placed in “administrative detention” for six months, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon said in a statement.

Mordechai Meyer, was similarly detained earlier in the week.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s security cabinet approved using the measure for Israeli citizens after an arson attack in the West Bank on July 31 killed a Palestinian toddler and his father.

Israel defends its use of detention without trial, saying it is needed to stem violence and allow for further investigation in cases where there is insufficient evidence to prosecute, or where going to court would risk exposing secret informants.

Yaalon accused Ettinger and Slonim of “involvement in activity by an extremist Jewish group”. Meyer had been involved in “recent terrorist attacks as part of a Jewish terror group,” Yaalon said. No specific incidents were mentioned.

Honenu, a group of Israeli lawyers representing the three detainees, condemned the use of detention without trial.

“Right now there are three detentions. In the coming days it could be 30, and we could end up with 300,” one of the lawyers, Aaron Roze, told Israel Radio. “These orders endanger the entire justice system.”

An Israeli police spokeswoman said the force’s unit for combating ultra-nationalist crimes had carried out several arrests in Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. She declined to give further details, citing a gag order.

Israeli flag photo/ Heather Truett via pixabay

Israeli flag photo/ Heather Truett via pixabay

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