Defense Minister Ya'alon Extends Detention of Far-right Extremist Meir Ettinger

Another right-wing activist, Eviatar Slonim, to be released under an administrative restraining order.

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Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon signed on Monday an order extending the administrative detention of Meir Ettiner by four months.

Ettinger, 24, was detained in August and is considered a right-wing extremist and one of the leaders of the so-called Hilltop Youth, a group of radicalized young religious settlers. Prior to his arrest, Ettinger was the Shin Bet's most wanted Jewish suspect.

Upon his arrest he was accused of being involved with Jewish terrorism. The Shin Bet said that Ya'alon signed the order "after carefully examining the risk Ettinger poses."

Also on Monday, Ya'alon decided not to extend the detention of Eviatar Slonim, a second far-right activist who was also arrested during the summer. Slonim, who will therefore be released, will be subjected however to administrative restrictions which were not specified.

From top left, clockwise: Eviatar Slonim, Yehuda Asraf, Yinon Reuveni and Meir Ettinger.
Tomer Appelbaum, Gil Eliyahu and Reuters

Slonim is suspected to belonging to a group that seeks to violently topple the State of Israel and replace it with a Jewish kingdom. He was previously arrested for attacking Palestinian property in the southern Hebron hills in 2014. Slonim was later released without being indicted, but an administrative restraining order was issued banning him from Jerusalem and the West Bank. In August, a few days after the arson-murder in the West Bank village of Duma, Ya'alon signed an administrative order to detain him for six months.

Last month, 18-year-old Mordechai Meyer, another Jewish extremist, was released from administrative detention. Meyer, who had been suspected of involvement in an arson attack on Jerusalem’s Dormition Abbey, was released from five months of imprisonment without charges after two other people confessed to the attack.