Meir Ettinger, the head of a Jewish extremist group, stands at the Israeli justice court in Nazareth Illit on August 4, 2015, a day after his arrest. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ

Israeli terror leader to be released from ‘administrative detention’

PNN/ Jerusalem/

Meir Ettinger, the suspected terrorist who arsoned the Dawabsheh home in Duma village, killing a baby and both his parents on 31 July 2015, will be released from “administrative detention” after some 10 months of prison.

The Lod District Court determined Tuesday that Ettinger would be released in June after the Shin Bet security service said it would not request an extension of his detention. But the Shin Bet also said it would impose restrictions on who Ettinger can come in contact with and what communities he can live in and visit, the Hebrew-language news website Walla reported.

Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right Israeli extremist Meir Kahane, has been held in administrative detention without being charged since August 2015. The detention was extended in February.

Administrative detention allows Israeli authorities to hold prisoners for six months at a time without filing formal charges. The detention, which is generally used against Palestinians, can be renewed indefinitely.

Ettinger, who spent several weeks in solitary confinement and has had limited contact with his family, was arrested for “involvement in violent activities and terrorist attacks that occurred recently, and his role as part of a Jewish terrorist group,” according to Israeli authorities.

Shin Bet officials have said Ettinger heads a movement that also was responsible for the June arson of the historic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, and seeks to bring down the government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy.