A Beersheba District Court judge on Sunday denied a petition by ultra-nationalist Meir Ettinger to be allowed to leave administrative detention in order to attend the circumcision of his son.
Presiding judge Yisrael Pablo Akselrod stated in his ruling that Ettinger poses a danger to society and must not be released to attend the ceremony, even if only for a few hours and with full escort by Israel Prison Service officials.
Attorney Sima Cochav, who is representing Ettinger on behalf of the right—wing organization “Honenu” – which helps Jews accused of acts of violence against Arabs – said on Sunday that “it is important to emphasis that this is a man on administrative detention and not a convicted criminal. Dangerous convicts are given furloughs while Meir Ettinger is kept behind bars even though he hasn’t been indicted with any crime.”
Also Sunday, Ettinger’s wife, Moriah Ettinger, wrote a letter to the Ashkenazi and Sephardi chief rabbis of Israel, calling on them to intervene on his behalf.