Photo Credit: Basel Awidat / Flash 90
Meir Ettinger, grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, seen at Magistrate's Court in the northern city of Nazareth.

The imprisonment of my grandson Meir Ettinger brings back difficult memories for me. I don’t know how many people remember that my late husband Rabbi Meir Kahane, zt”l was jailed under those same despicable administrative detention orders in May 1980.

An administrative detention order deprives a person of his basic rights. He can be held for six months without being charged or tried and the order can be renewed indefinitely.

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If there were any evidence that my grandson Meir committed a crime, he should be put on trial on in open court. He has not been tried in court because he has not committed any crime.

What he has done is not considered a crime in any democratic country. He expressed unpopular views in a blog he wrote on the Hebrew website “Hakol Hayehudi.” Simply put, the powers-that-be don’t like the way he thinks. When his case came to court for review after his first three months in prison, the judge ordered his imprisonment continued. The reason he gave was that Meir had not changed his views. The Honenu lawyer said, “If the judge wants him to change his opinions, he can send him to Korea, there they know how to make people change their opinions.

The administrative order imprisoning Meir can be renewed by the simple signature of the Minister of Defense for another six months, and another and another – life imprisonment by installments.

Is Israel turning into a totalitarian state? What is happening to our beloved Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East?

With two weeks left of the six months decreed by the Minister of Defense Yaalon, my grandson Meir began a hunger strike on Wednesday, January 20. I hope and pray it will succeed in touching the hearts of the powers that be, but I am concerned about the harm to his health.

Please plead for Meir Ettinger’s immediate freedom. It takes only the signature of the Minister of Defense Moshe Yaalon to decide Meir’s future: Send emails and faxes to Minister Yaalon, Fax: 972-2-5303506. Email: pniot@mod.gov.il

Your pleas to the to Prime Minister and the President will help too:

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu: Fax 972-2-5605000. Email: pm_eng2@pmo.gov.il
President Reuven Rivlin. Fax: 972-2-588-7225. Email: public@president.gov.il

Your local Israel consultate. Tel. 212-499-500; Email: info@newyork.mfa.gov.il

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Lovely thought and I’m sure his lawyers will sue successfully at some point (they kind of have a track record with suing the government and winning on this kind of stuff). Problem is this isn’t an ARREST. Its ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION. No access to your lawyers, 98% open ended and you never get in front of a judge and none of your nasty civil rights to get in the way. And basically even when they have gotten a judge involved its obvious that the actual charge is “we’re locking you up and keeping you there because we don’t like the way you think or what you write about on your blog and we want you shut up.” The question is whether or not they will be suing posthumously. I doubt there will be the kind of international outcry that is going to worry the government like when Arab prisioners use the same tactic.

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