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Israeli Right-Wing Activist Arrested Days After Deadly West Bank Arson

© REUTERS / Ammar AwadPalestinians inspect a house which was set on fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus
Palestinians inspect a house which was set on fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus - Sputnik International
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A right-wing Israeli activist was detained on suspicion of extremist activity days after a firebombing of a Palestinian house that killed an 18-month-old toddler, local media reported citing the internal security service.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The Shin Bet told the Times of Israel on Monday that the arrested suspect, Meir Ettinger, 24, was linked to an arson attack on a Catholic church in northwest Israel last month. Ettinger is the grandson of an Israeli-American far-right activist Rabbi Meir Kahane.

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The arrest comes days after an arson attack killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh in the West Bank village of Duma. His parents and 4-year-old brother were hospitalized with life-threatening burns.

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon was reported to have authorized security officials to use the practice of administrative detention, or indefinite imprisonment, on the suspect in the Duma attack.

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The outlet cited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office as saying ministers agreed to expedite legislation designed to fight Jewish terrorism. Netanyahu had classified the Duma attack as an act of domestic terrorism and pledged to hunt down the perpetrators.

Other local media cited investigators linking the assailants to Israeli citizens who have torched churches, mosques and homes in Palestine over the past year.

They also said Ettinger, who was on Shin Bet’s list of most-wanted Jewish terror suspects, may be placed under administrative detention pending a court order.

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Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers are known to carry out the so-called price tag policy, or vandalism and attacks, aimed at Palestinians, Christians, Israeli security forces, or anyone who opposes their settlement of the West Bank.

Palestinian authority leader Mahmoud Abbas claimed the attack was a result of Tel Aviv’s ongoing illegal policy of Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

Earlier in the day, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki filed a report to the International Criminal Court in the Hague over the Duma attack.

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