Hunger-striking Kahane grandson loses consciousness

January 27, 2016  

Meir Ettinger, 24, of Samaria and Jerusalem, lost consciousness Tuesday after a week-long hunger strike in his isolation cell in Be’er Sheva’s Eshel Prison. He was taken to receive medical care.

Ettinger is protesting his ongoing detention. He has been in jail for close to six months, after being arrested on an administrative order signed by the Defense Minister, which was not accompanied by charges or evidence.

Two other young men who also belong to the so-called “Hilltop Youth,” Evyatar Slonim and Mordechai ben Gedalya, were arrested along with Ettinger, but Ben Gedalya was released three weeks ago after the Israel Security Agency (ISA, or Shabak) admitted it had relied on mistaken evidence to arrest him.

Ettinger is the grandson of ex-MK Rabbi Meir Kahane Hy”d. His grandmother and Rabbi Meir Kahane’s widow, Libi Kahane, wrote Tuesday in Arutz Sheva that she is concerned about her grandson’s health.

She said that Meir is being held without trial because he is innocent of any wrongdoing, and that the state simply opposes his ideology.

The Minister of Defense will decide whether or not to extend Ettinger’s detention by six more months, a week from now.

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