Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.
Breaking News

Israeli Court Upholds Administrative Detention for Meir Kahane’s Grandson

An Israeli court upheld the administrative detention order for a suspected Jewish extremist.

The Lod District Court on Sunday said the order issued on Aug. 15 by Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon against Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, will continue for six months.

Israeli authorities believe Ettinger oversees a Jewish terrorist group. He was arrested in connection with the firebombing of a home in the West Bank Palestinian village of Duma that left an infant and his parents dead. No suspects have been charged in the attack.

Shin Bet officials have said Ettinger heads a movement that also was responsible for the June arson of the historic Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes and seeks to bring down the government and replace it with a Jewish theocracy.

Ettinger does not have American citizenship. His mother, Tova, Kahane’s daughter, made aliyah from the United States.

Under administrative detention, which is more commonly used for Palestinian prisoners, one can be held for six months without being charged or tried. The order can be renewed indefinitely.

Two other Jewish men from the West Bank are being held in administrative detention in connection with the same attack.

I hope you appreciated this article. Before you go, I’d like to ask you to please support the Forward’s award-winning, nonprofit journalism during this critical time.

Now more than ever, American Jews need independent news they can trust, with reporting driven by truth, not ideology. We serve you, not any ideological agenda.

At a time when other newsrooms are closing or cutting back, the Forward has removed its paywall and invested additional resources to report on the ground from Israel and around the U.S. on the impact of the war, rising antisemitism and the protests on college campuses.

Readers like you make it all possible. Support our work by becoming a Forward Member and connect with our journalism and your community.

Make a gift of any size and become a Forward member today. You’ll support our mission to tell the American Jewish story fully and fairly. 

— Rachel Fishman Feddersen, Publisher and CEO

Join our mission to tell the Jewish story fully and fairly.

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.