The Israel Defense Forces this week banished a far-right settler from an unauthorized West Bank outpost from the West Bank for a year, and from Jerusalem for six months.
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The settler, Meir Ettinger of the Givat Ronen outpost, was also placed under house arrest at night for a period of three months and forbidden to contact six of his associates for six months.
Ettinger is the grandson of Kach leader Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the ultranationalist Kach party, which was outlawed for being racist and undemocratic.
Ettinger has been convicted of keeping surveillance over IDF troops in a bid to prevent the evacuation of outposts.
Ettinger was also one of the 10 extremists who entered the West Bank village of Kfar Kusra in the West Bank in January 2014, were beaten by Palestinians and handed over to the IDF.
Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon, chief of Central Command, issued an administrative order forbidding Ettinger to enter the West Bank for a year. Another order, issued by Home Front Command chief Maj. Gen. Eyal Eizenberg, forbids him to enter Jerusalem for six months and places him under house arrest at night for three months.
The High Court of Justice on Wednesday issued a temporary order, at Ettinger’s request, suspending the restraining orders for 24 hours. Ettinger had petitioned the court claiming he had no other place to stay, as his parents live in Jerusalem and his wife’s parents live in the West Bank. He also asked for a hearing. The court ordered the state to respond by noon today.
An associate of Ettinger’s said it is not clear where he is to stay in house arrest, as the orders had been signed a few days ago and were already valid, banning him from his home, his parents’ home and his in-laws’ home.
“This is improper conduct and an edict that cannot be observed. It is doubtful whether the respondents themselves were aware of that,” wrote attorney Adi Keidar of the right-wing Honenu organization.
“We see the orders were signed already a number of days ago and the respondents didn’t hasten to carry them out. In these circumstances, no harm or risk will be caused by putting off their implementation to enable the petitioner to get organized in the face of the dramatic decree that has befallen him,” he wrote.
Honenu denounced the “Draconian, unusually harsh order This is a hysterical, almost unprecedented move on the part of the IDF and the Shin Bet security service, which is directed against the settlers instead of against Arab rioters. Again we see that the defense establishment has forgotten who is the friend and who the foe.”