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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Administrative Detention’

After 10 Months – Meir Ettinger Freed From Prison

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

Jewish political prisoner Meir Ettinger was released from Eshel prison on Wednesday morning.

Ettinger, the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane’s was arrested without trial, thrown into Eshel prison, and held in solitary confinement for 10 months, after former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon abused the anachronistic, anti-democratic administrative detention regulations left over from the British Mandate.

But Ettinger, despite no charges ever being filed against him, still isn’t a completely free man.

A few days ago, a new administrative decree was signed by OC Central Command Maj. Gen. Roni Numa, banning Ettinger from Judea and Samaria for a period of one year.

Another decree, signed by GOC Home Front Command Maj. Gen. Yoel Strick, bans Ettinger from Jerusalem and from the community of Yad Binyamin.

In addition, Ettinger must obey a night curfew for the next four months, and he has been banned from contacting a list of 92 acquaintances.

The question now is, will Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman follow in the ousted Ya’alon’s footsteps and sign new administrative detention orders against Ettinger, sending him back to prison without trial, or will Liberman show a little more respect for democracy?

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Shabak Issues Last Administrative Detention Order Before Lieberman Takes Over

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Only days before MK Avigdor Lieberman (Yisrael Beiteinu) takes over as defense minister, the Shabak secret police on Friday issued an unprecedented administrative detention, ordering a Jewish youth to avoid contact with a list of 87 individuals, legal aid society Honenu announced Monday morning. The decree, issued by GOC Home Front Command Major General Yoel Strick, also ordered the same youth to be under house arrest at night. An additional decree, signed by OC Central Command Major General Roni Numa, bans the same youth from entering Judea and Samaria.

The Shabak ordered a Jewish youth to avoid contact with a list of 87 individuals.

The Shabak ordered a Jewish youth to avoid contact with a list of 87 individuals.

Like all administrative detentions, the orders against this youth do not mention any charges pending against him, or even any specific suspicions. The reason for the severe limits on his civil rights is stated as: “To secure state security, public peace, and maintaining public order.”

Israeli citizens could probably observe on Monday to see if any of the above conditions have improved following these orders, which were issued on the recommendations of the Jewish section of the secret police.

Administrative detentions have been the modus operandi of outgoing Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who used them generously in place of thorough police investigation. His reign will be remembered, among other things, for the torture interrogations of Jewish suspects for long weeks without access to an attorney or their families. Considering Ya’alon’s repeated concern for Israel’s democracy, it’s evident he probably did not complete the entire course on this subject.

Honenu’s statement included the organization’s hope that “the new defense minister will learn this subject during his grace period, and maybe succeed in stopping the values that have already been falling down this slippery slope.”

Meanwhile, it is unclear whether Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, will be released from his ten months of administrative detention, imposed by Ya’alon last August.

David Israel

Meir Kahane’s Grandson May Be Released from Administrative Detention

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

After ten months of administrative detention in an isolation cell, without charges or an indictment, never mind a trial, prisoner Meir Ettinger, grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, is expected to be released—probably to home detention, a Shabak representative told the Lod District Court on Tuesday.

The court ruled that the clandestine police must determine in one week which limiting conditions it would like to see placed on Ettinger after his release, possibly on June 1.

Last summer, while he was being interrogated by the Jewish Section of the Shabak, Ettinger was presented with a six-month administrative detention order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. A few weeks later, an additional administrative decree signed by Ya’alon moved Ettinger to an isolation cell when the prison authorities expressed concern that Ettinger was influencing the other prisoners. When the six months were up, Ya’alon signed another, four-month decree, the maximum allowed by law for an extension.

One month ago, the rightwing public was enraged when Ya’alon refused to allow Ettinger to leave jail for a few hours in order to attend his firstborn son’s circumcision in Jerusalem.

So far, Meir Kahane’s great-grandson, Netzach Binyamin, who is two months old, has not been served with a Ya’alon administrative detention writ, though the prison authorities did suggest the brit mila be performed in jail.

David Israel

Protest!

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Protesters stand outside the home of Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen in Jerusalem demanding the latest group of Jews being held in administrative detention be allowed to see their lawyers.

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Ettinger Family Protest Non-Release for Son’s Bris

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

Meir Ettinger, the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, has been sitting in jail for the past 8 months, and hasn’t been charged with a crime.

He is being held under administrative detention rules, and most of the time in isolation – after prison services claimed he was influencing other prisoners with his political ideology.

The bris (circumcision) of Ettinger’s firstborn son will be held on Monday, and on Sunday at 10 AM a Be’er Sheva court will be decide if Ettinger can attend or not.

Ettinger’s family held a protest in Jerusalem on Saturday night at the Bridge of Strings (Chord’s Bridge) demanding Ettinger be allowed to attend to his son’s brit mila.

Ettinger is being represented by a lawyer from Honenu.

The Israeli prison services are against his release.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Court Extends Administrative Detention by 4 Months for Grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane z’l

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016

The Central District Court in Lod on Tuesday ruled in favor of a request by the security services to extend the administrative detention of Meir Ettinger, according to a statement by the Honenu legal aid society.

Judge Avraham Tal approved the state’s request to extend Ettinger’s administrative detention Tuesday afternoon by an additional four months.

Honenu Attorney Yuval Zemer warned, “Today it is Ettinger’s views that are not pleasant to the ears of those in charge; tomorrow it could be my views or the views of any other citizen.”

Ettinger, a grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, has been imprisoned under administrative detention – and in solitary confinement – for more than six months already.

He was moved to solitary confinement after prison authorities felt he was influencing other prisoners by holding discussions with them.

Ettinger went on a hunger strike, but after it proved unsuccessful, gave it up after 17 days.

The young activist was arrested seven months ago under a six-month administrative order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. After the first order signed by the defense minister expired, a recommendation was signed by the Jewish Department of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) for a four-month extension. It was this recommendation that was approved Tuesday in the Lod courthouse.

“The day that the court approves continuation of administrative detention of an individual, solely because of his views, is a sad day for democracy,” Ettinger’s attorney said after the ruling was handed down.

“This decision should disturb the sleep of anyone who values democracy and individual rights.”

Administrative detention permits the government to arrest and detain an individual without being charged, not necessarily for things he has done but for those he might do. It is a legal device dating back to the days of the British Mandatory Government.

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High Court Rules ‘Hunger Striker’s Life In His Own Hands’

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

Israel’s High Court of Justices ruled Wednesday that Hamas operative Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, has the right to end his hunger strike whenever he wants.

But hunger striking does not grant him the right to end his administrative detention.

That was suspended early this month by the court, due to his failing health from the hunger strike.

However, the court also ruled against his release – regardless of whatever ploy he decides try – even if it results in his own death.

“At the end of the day, the petitioner holds the key to his health and well-being in his own hands, he and no other,” the court wrote in the decision.

An offer was made to release al-Qiq by May 1 if he ended his strike – but he allegedly refused unless the court released him immediately, and sent him to a hospital in the Palestinian Authority.

Due to classified evidence indicating al-Qiq is an “active Hamas agent involved in operational terror,” the High Court refused to release him.

Al-Qiq, a journalist for a Saudi television news station, has been taking plain water throughout his 83-day hunger strike.

But if al-Qiq chooses to continue refusing to eat as a protest of his administrative detention, then, ruled the court, “so be it.”

The decision came in the wake of numerous attempts by the court to compromise on the issue, the most recent just a day earlier.

On Tuesday, al-Qiq refused to be transferred to Arabic al-Makassid hospital in eastern Jerusalem. Instead, he sent a request through his lawyer to be sent to a hospital in the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah.

At present, al-Qiq is hospitalized in The Emek Medical Center in Afula, and has vowed to strike until “martyrdom or freedom.”

Al-Qiq has a prior record of prison time, having been jailed in Israel in 2003, 2004 and 2008, according to AFP.

Hana Levi Julian

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