Israel has announced that they will detain Jewish terror suspects without trial.
Following Fridays West Bank arson attack which resulted in the death of an 18 month old child, Israel intends to detain, without trial, citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians.
The horrific attack which also injured the child’s parents and brother has been blamed on Jewish militants.
Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu came under pressure to respond to the deaths from two separate attacks, the Palestinian toddler and an Israeli teenager, as thousands of Israeli’s protested over the weekend against the country’s violent, radicalized fringe.
The Guardian reports: Thousands of Israeli people took to the streets over the weekend to warn against a radicalised and violent fringe growing within the country, following the arson attack on a Palestinian family home in the West Bank by extremists and the stabbing of six people at a Jerusalem Gay Pride march by a suspect identified as an ultra-Orthodox Jew.
One of those stabbed in Jerusalem, Shira Banki, 16, died as a result of her wounds on Sunday. She had been in critical condition since being stabbed in the back by a suspect, Yishai Shlissel, who carried out the attack just weeks after being released from a 10-year prison sentence for stabbing participants in the 2005 march.
Signs held at the weekend protests read: “Hate kills” and “Homophobia and racism are the same violence”.
The Israeli defence minister, Moshe Ya’alon, said on Sunday he had instructed the Shin Bet security service, police and military to apply “administrative detention” on rightwing Jewish citizens suspected of involvement in terror attacks against Palestinians as a direct response to the firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma that left 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh dead and critically injured his brother and parents.
Israel currently applies administrative detention solely to Palestinians and its extension to Israelis reflects the government’s frustration at the failure to track down the assailants. No suspects have been arrested in connection with Friday’s arson attack and no group has claimed responsibility.
A senior security official told Israeli Radio on Sunday: “There is no choice but to treat suspects of hate crimes against Palestinians the same way as Palestinian suspects of terror.”