Kahane's grandson claims abuse while in Shin Bet custody

A security source said Ettinger is suspected of being part of an 'extremist infrastructure.'

August 5, 2015 05:57
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Meir Ettinger

Police arrest Meir Ettinger. (photo credit: TAZPIT)


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Meir Ettinger, the grandson of Meir Kahane, on Tuesday accused Israel's internal security service, the Shin Bet, of abusing him while he was in their custody on suspicions of leading a violent, extremist right-wing organization.

Ettinger's attorney, Yuval Zemer, claimed that "violent and illegal interrogation methods were used" during his client's detention at the Shin Bet compound, where he had been held ever since his arrest on Monday.

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Zemer called the alleged use of such methods grave and warned that he will file a complaint regarding the incident to Israel's attorney general.

"This incident only strengthens the sense that what is being dealt with here is a false arrest that is a publicity stunt by the police at mister Ettinger's expense."

Ettinger was arrested on Monday for his "involvement and activities in extremist Jewish organizations.”

Ettinger, who has an order banning him from the West Bank and Jerusalem, is a resident of Safed.

A security source said Ettinger is suspected of being part of an “extremist infrastructure,” but declined to say whether the arrest had any direct link to the deadly arson attack on a Palestinian home in the village of Duma last week.


In a blog post published July 30 on the Hakol Heyehudi (Jewish Voice) website responding to the Shin Bet arrest of suspected arsonists behind the June attack on the Church of Loaves and Fishes in the North, Ettinger wrote: “The truth is I don’t know what the Shin Bet wanted me to organize... this impulse of the Shin Bet to create an atmosphere and make up displays as if there is an ‘organization’ that it exposes, explains to us well what the Shin Bet understands so well and is so afraid of... the Shin Bet understands that the activities they chase after...simply grow out of the ground from the most basic and popular understandings that cause people to feel that they need to do something.”

He added: “There is no terrorist organization, but there are lots and lots of Jews, much more than what they think, whose ladder of values is completely different from that of the High Court of Justice or the Shin Bet.”

Yaakov Lapin and Ben Hartman contributed to this report.

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