First Jewish suspect of violent attack detained without trial

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon signed an order Tuesday night placing right-wing activist Mordechai Meir (18) under administration detention without trial for up to six months. A resident of Ma'ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem, Meir was arrested on suspicion of complicity in an arson attack on the Galilee Church of the Loaves and Fishes some weeks ago, and of belonging to a “Jewish terrorist group.”  This order, the first in years, followed a Security Cabinet decision to apply administration detentions for terrorists also against Jews suspected of extremist attacks. This crackdown followed the arson attack last Friday on a Palestinian home in Duma which caused the death of an infant. The perpetrators have not been found.

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