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

Israeli muderer of Dawabsheh family released

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The top Israeli terror suspect, Meir Ettinger (20) who led the arson attack on the Dawabsheh home in Duma village was released after 10 months of administrative detention on Wednesday morning.

Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, was detained following the murder of the Dawabsheh family last July, in which baby Ali Dawabsheh and both his parents were killed. Ahmad, their five year old son spent some ten months in hospital recovering from third degree burns on 70% of his body.

Ettinger was placed in administrative detention for six months. His detention was later extended by a further four months. Now, the Shin Bet security service did not seek to extend the administrative detention order again.

However, Haaretz reported that Ettinger remains under various restrictions, including a ban from the West Bank and East Jerusalem and a curfew. He is also barred from making contact with 93 people.

Following his detention, a judge noted that Ettinger encouraged acts of violence that harmed Israel’s security, and that he organized a violent revolt aimed at toppling the state.

According to Haaretz, in the original administrative detention order against Ettinger, Justice Avraham Tal noted that “according to intelligence information presented by the Shin Bet, in September 2013 Ettinger founded an organization that aimed to bring forward a violent revolt that would topple the Israeli state by carrying out acts that would hurt the state’s weak points. The revolt was meant to include four stages – public relations, recruitment of activists, the uprising’s breakout and the disturbances phase.”

It was also claimed that Ettinger was personally involved in the arson of a home in Khirbet Abu Falah in the West Bank in November 2014.


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