In first, Is­rael jails Jewish ex­trem­ist with­out trial

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL - BY TIA GOLDENBERG

Is­rael has jailed a Jewish ex­trem­ist for six months with­out charges or trial, ex­pand­ing a crack­down against mil­i­tant Jews and de­ploy­ing a con­tentious mea­sure typ­i­cally used for Pales­tini­ans sus­pected of stag­ing at­tacks.

This was the first time the mea­sure, known as ad­min­is­tra­tive de­ten­tion, was ap­plied against an Is­raeli since the crack­down be­gan fol­low­ing a pair of deadly at­tacks last week.

De­fense Min­is­ter Moshe Yaalon signed an or­der late Tues­day that jailed ex­trem­ist Mordechai Meyer, from the West Bank set­tle­ment of Maaleh Adu­mim, for six months.

A state­ment from Yaalon’s of­fice said Meyer, 18, was be­ing held in con­nec­tion to “his in­volve­ment in vi­o­lent ac­tiv­i­ties and re­cent terror at­tacks.”

The min­istry would not elab­o­rate on the sus­pi­cions against him but Is­rael’s in­ter­nal se­cu­rity agency Shin Bet said Meyer was among five peo­ple ar­rested in con­nec­tion with the ar­son at­tack against an im­por­tant church in north­ern Is­rael in June, although he was not in­dicted.

Meyer was also sus­pected of links to at­tacks against another church in Jerusalem, as well as at­tacks on Pales­tinian prop­erty, the agency said, adding that he had pre­vi­ously been banned from the West Bank and Jerusalem. The Shin Bet de­clined to com­ment on whether Meyer was con­nected to last week’s at­tack on a Pales­tinian home.

The de­ten­tion in­ten­si­fies a crack­down on Jewish mil­i­tancy that came af­ter two deadly at­tacks last week.

On Fri­day, sus­pected Jewish ex­trem­ists torched a West Bank home, an ar­son at­tack in which a Pales­tinian tod­dler was burned to death and his par­ents and 4-yearold brother were se­ri­ously wounded. A day ear­lier, an anti-gay ul­tra­Ortho­dox man stabbed six peo­ple at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride pa­rade, and one of them — a 16-year-old girl — later died of her wounds.

AP

Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu speaks dur­ing a cab­i­net meet­ing in Jerusalem, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 5.

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