Protestors Demand 'Real Jewish State'

'We are all Meir Ettinger' reads signs of demonstrators protesting the administrative arrests of two right-wing Jewish activists.

Cynthia Blank ,

Meir Ettinger
Meir Ettinger
Basel Awidat/ Flash 90

Dozens of right-wing activists gathered Sunday in front of the Lod District Court in protest of a hearing to approve the administrative detention orders against Meir Ettinger and Evyatar Slonim. 

Under administrative detention, a relic from the British mandate period used almost exclusively against Palestinian terrorists until this month, the two right-wing Jewish activists face six months of endlessly renewable detention without any evidence required.

According to Walla! News, the protestors carried signs reading "We are all Meir Ettinger" and "We want a real Jewish state," as well shouted and whistled for Israel "to repent."

Court security guards and police forces were dispatched to the scene to ensure public order was not being violated. 

Ettinger, a grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, was detained in early August for his alleged involvement in “organizing extremist Jewish activities in Judea and Samaria." 

The 24-year-old was arrested in Tzfat (Safed) where he had been living for the past several months, after he was banned earlier this year from entering Jerusalem for six months and Judea and Samaria for 12.  

Two days after Ettinger was arrested, the Israel Security Agency detained Slonim, a resident of Beit Shemesh, on suspicion of involvement with a Jewish extremist organization. 

Administrative detention decrees were issued against Ettinger and Slonim on August 9, moments before the two were scheduled to be arraigned by a Nazareth court, apparently for fear the court would release the two for lack of solid evidence.