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Mofaz: ´Extremists´ May Be Arrested Without Charges

Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz said on Saturday he is considering detaining and holding, without trial, suspected extremists recommended by security officials. Peres said suspects should be jailed.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 8/7/2005, 5:53 AM / Last Update: 8/7/2005, 12:39 AM

"We will consider ... administrative detention of all those proposed by the Shin Bet (National Security Agency)," Mofaz said on Israel Channel Two television's Meet the Press program.

He said he cannot determine how many people might be held on "administrative detention" without charges, but added the number would not be on the scale of 500 which the interviewer suggested. Mofaz said he opposes "on principle" using administrative detention but would consider it in the wake of Thursday evening's murder of four Moslem and Christians Arabs by Eden Natan Zada, a Jew.

Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that anyone suspected of planning violence should be jailed without trial. “We must restrict the movement of potential Jewish terrorists [and] we should make sure they cannot carry a rifle, a pistol or a knife," Peres told reporters.

Peres and other politicians visited, on Saturday, families of the victims of the Shfaram attack. Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Likud) said, "I am amazed by the responsible and restrained manner that the Arab public displayed after the attack."

However, many Arab leaders have called for a massive demonstration at the Temple Mount next Sunday, the Ninth of Av, when a large number of Jews traditionally pray at the Western Wall in memory of the destruction of the First and Second Temples.