Israeli Settler Suspected of Terrorist Activities to Be Placed in Administrative Detention

The 21-year-old settler is suspected of acts of terror, arson, vandalizing, and assault of left-wing activists in the West Bank as well as in Israel

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Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz last month.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz last month. Credit: אוהד צויגנברג
Josh Breiner
Josh Breiner

Defense Minister Benny Gantz has signed an order keeping a Jewish settler under administrative detention – incarceration without trial – marking the first such order against a Jewish Israeli since February 2020. 

The 21-year-old is suspected of acts of terror, arson, vandalization of Palestinian vehicles, and assault of left-wing activists in the West Bank as well as in Israel. He will be the only Jewish Israeli in administrative detention and will remain in detention until May 6.

The order, which was handed to him Friday, stated that the suspect will stay in detention out of concern for "the security of the country and the public." Israel has intended to press charges against him, however it walked back on its intentions. 

The suspect, a resident of the Havat Ronen outpost, has been under arrest for three weeks. When he was first arrested, the Shin Bet security service did not allow him to meet with an attorney.

Assaf Gonen, the suspect's attorney from Honenu — an Israeli nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to Jewish terror suspects — said: “We view with great severity the actions of the Shin Bet, prosecutor’s office and police in this case.

"This behavior suits dark regimes and not a democratic country. Our client has been under arrest for 20 days in very harsh conditions, while the entire time they said there was no evidence against him.”

Lawmaker Mossi Raz of Meretz protested against the suspect's administrative detention, stating in a tweet that "There is no place and no justification for administrative arrests." 

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