Jewish Extremist to Be Released From Israeli Detention Next Week

Elia Nativ, 19, of radical settlement Yitzhar, suspected of involvement in anti-Palestinian terror

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Yotam Berger
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A 19-year-old Jewish extremist, arrested in June and placed under administrative detention, is to be released on August 19.

The Shin Bet security service is expected to release Elia Nativ, of the settlement of Yizhar, according to a joint statement to the Supreme Court by Nativ’s attorneys and the prosecution.

Elia Nativ, 19, of radical settlement Yitzhar, suspected of involvement in anti-Palestinian terror will be releasedCredit: Facebook

“The administrative detention order against the petitioner will not be extended. The parties are holding discussions the purpose of which is to try to reach an agreement regarding the place the petitioner will stay after the administrative detention is over, and as to the conditions for his staying at that place.”

Documents revealed during the hearing show that security agencies believe Nativ took a leading part in a number of acts of vandalism, including setting fire to Palestinian cars at Hawara and Burin, and puncturing tires near diplomatic offices and international agencies in Israel, including the Spanish Consulate and the United Nations in Jerusalem. The documents indicated these alleged acts could have an impact on Israel’s foreign relations.

Nativ was arrested by administrative order, which means he is not being charged, about two months ago only a few hours after the district court ordered him released from ordinary detention because the court said there was no reason to keep him in custody.

The Shin Bet classified him as “very dangerous” due to what it said was his involvement in terror. The Shin Bet believes Nativ is a member of a nebulous group that is the second iteration of a right-wing outfit called “Foundation of the Revolt.” The group allegedly operates mainly out of the outpost of Baladim, located in the central West Bank, and an apartment in the Givat Shaul neighborhood in Jerusalem.

Baladim had been inhabited off and on by a few dozen young people, and in recent weeks security agencies said they had been removed. After their eviction from Baladim, most of them moved to Yitzhar. The man charged with the arson murder of the Dawabshe family in Duma, Amiram Ben-Uliel, is considered part of the first version of “Foundation of the Revolt.” The group to which Native allegedly belongs is not believed to be involved in murder, but rather in vandalism.

The district court at first approved the Shin Bet’s administrative detention order, after which Nativ’s attorneys, anti-Arab activist Itamar Ben-Gvir and Sima Cokhav, petitioned the Supreme Court. Ben-Gvir wrote in the petition that the evidence against Nativ came from individuals with whom he had had a falling out in Yitzhar.

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