Meir Ettinger to Be Released June 1


Right-wing activist Meir Ettinger will be released from administrative detention on June 1 after nine months in custody, a state prosecutor told the Lod District Court on Tuesday.

The state said it would nevertheless seek to impose certain restrictions on Ettinger’s activities after June 1, which his attorney Yuval Zemer, from the organization Honenu, said he would oppose.

Ettinger was arrested in August along with two others following the Duma terrorist arson in which most of a Palestinian family was burned to death. He was placed in administrative detention in September, which was extended on February 1 by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The other two have already been released.

At the end of the court hearing on Tuesday, Zemer said: “I am very happy that this very prolonged period of detention has come to an end. It reveals that in the state of Israel in 2016 it is possible for a person to be imprisoned for 10 months merely for his political opinions.”

Ettinger was not charged with any crime.

About a month ago, his case made headlines when the Shin Bet and the prison service refused him permission to go home to attend his son’s bris milah. After a legal battle that reached the High Court on the eve of the bris, the judges rejected Ettinger’s petition.