Administrative Detention Ordered Against Two Jewish Activists

August 9, 2015  

Six-month long administrative detention orders were issued Sunday morning against two right-wing Jewish activists – Meir Ettinger and Evyatar Slonim. 

The orders were signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon on the recommendation of the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet). 

Slonim was arrested last Tuesday, a day after Ettinger – the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane – was also detained, both on suspicion of “Jewish extremist activity.”

According to legal aid organization Honenu, the administrative detention orders were issued minutes before the start of a remand extension hearing at the Nazareth Magistrate’s Court. 

Police apparently demanded administrative detention, for fear the court would order the release of both Slonim and Ettinger for lack of solid evidence. 

Under administrative detention, a relic from the British mandate period used almost exclusively against Palestinian terrorists until now, the two activists face six months of endlessly renewable detention without any evidence required.

Following the issuance of the orders, the court hearing was rendered moot and the pair were taken into custody without discussion. 

The nationalist activists follow behind Mordechai Meir, a young Jewish resident of Ma’ale Adumim, who was arrested Tuesday night and immediately placed under administrative detention. 

Honenu attorney Aharon Roza denounced the orders, stressing his protest against “the announcement that Ettinger and Slonim are to be arrested by administrative order rather than go to court for the remand hearing which was supposed to be held today.”

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