Twenty-four-year-old Meir Ettinger, one of the primary figures in a group of Israeli settler youths believed responsible for the arson attack on a Palesinian family’s home last year, will be freed by Israeli authorities on June 1.
This, at any rate, is what is being reported by the Times of Israel, which asserts that Ettinger has “not been directly linked” to the July 31 attack which killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha, and well as his mother and father, Riham and Saad Dawabsha. The only surviving member of the family is five-year-old Ahmed.
While two people have been indicted for murder in the attack, no charges have been filed against Ettinger, the grandson of Israeli ultra-nationalist Meir Kahane. He has been held in administrative detention since his arrest last
August just days after the attack on the Dawabsha family.
Ma’an News has also published a report on Ettinger’s impending release that is well worth reading. Here is a brief excerpt:
Ettinger was reportedly the brains behind a June 18 arson attack on a shrine in northern Israel where Christians believe Jesus performed the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and wrote a “manifesto” calling for the destruction of the modern state of Israel.
Ettinger’s coming release was seen by many as emblematic of what activists and rights groups have called a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians, while also providing a unique example of administrative detention being used against an Israeli.
He was among the first Jewish extremists to be held in administrative detention by Israel.
Click here to read the full report.