IDF Issues Administrative Orders Against Some 10 Jewish Extremists

Some settlers ordered to leave West Bank, others placed under nighttime curfew.

Administrative detainee Eviatar Slonim in district court, August 11, 2015.
Gil Eliahu

As part of an ongoing crackdown on suspected Jewish terrorists, the Israel Defense Forces issued administrative orders against around 10 individuals living in West Bank settlements and in Israel proper over the past several days.

The orders, which range in severity from prohibitions against contacting specified individuals to being forced to leave the West Bank, were drawn up on the recommendation of the Shin Bet security service and signed by the chiefs of IDF’s central and home front commands, Maj. Gen. Roni Numa and Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, respectively. They were issued for “illegal and violent activity endangering life and property.”

On Saturday night, a juvenile male from Ma’aleh Adumim, in the West Bank, and a man from the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon were ordered to stay out of Jerusalem and the West Bank and to remain at home at night, under house arrest.

Police detectives delivered additional injunctions in several West Bank communities on Saturday night. Two teenage students at the Od Yosef Hai yeshiva in the settlement of Yitzhar, one from Bat Ayin and one from Alon Shvut (both are West Bank settlements), were ordered to leave the West Bank and to observe nighttime house arrest for six months. One of the teens was also barred from entering Jerusalem.

Unspecified administrative orders were issued against two men, one from the Geulat Tzion outpost and the other from Kiryat Arba. A minor from the Amona outpost was placed under full house arrest. Some of the injunctions included a prohibition against making contact with as many as 16 specified individuals.

Since the torching of the home of a Palestinian family in the West Bank village of Duma on July 31, killing a toddler and badly injuring his parents and brother — the father died of his injuries, while the mother and brother are being treated in an Israeli hospital — administrative orders have been issued against around 16 suspected Jewish terrorists. Three of the men — Meir Ettinger, Eviatar Slonim and Mordechai Meir — are in administrative detention.

In a statement, Honenu, an organization that provides legal services to suspected Jewish terrorists, said in response to the latest measures: “The system is under unprecedented pressure and is using inacceptable means against settlers engaged in settling the land. We are witness to a dramatic increase in the severity and scope of administrative orders, which will greatly undermine the rights of those receiving them.”

Itamar Ben Gvir, a lawyer who represents two of the detainees, said, “The defense minister is behaving like a bull in a china shop. By his actions he is conveying a message to young people that there is no democracy, and is encouraging them to break the law, since there are no indictments and no due process.”

The Israel Defense Forces Spokesman’s Office said it did not know how many injunctions were issued.

The Shin Bet replied: “In light of the recent perpetration of a number of acts of terror, in which human lives were lost, on the recommendation of the Shin Bet restrictive orders were recently signed against 10 activists. In the spirit of the guidelines of the security cabinet, as part of a policy mandating an uncompromising attitude toward terror, and in order to crush the terror infrastructure that carried out these attacks and to prevent additional activity that endangers security, these injunctions include various restrictions, including restricting the area of residence, restricting movement at night and exile from the Judea and Samaria region.

“One reason for this is our aim to distance them from illegal outposts such as the Baladim outpost in the northern West Bank, from which they embarked on the terror attacks. The State of Israel will continue to take steps to prevent any terror activity and to bring its perpetrators to trial.,” the Shin Bet statement said.