JERUSALEM — Israel's defense minister has signed an order that will keep a Jewish extremist in jail for six months without charges or trial.
The measure, known as administrative detention, usually sees Palestinian prisoners jailed for months or years without trial.
Head of a Jewish extremist group Meir Ettinger appears in court in Nazareth Illit , Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group in the first arrest of an Israeli suspect following last week's arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded his brother and parents. According to the Shin Bet security agency, 23-year-old Ettinger was arrested late Monday for "involvement in an extremist Jewish organization." (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
This is the first time Israel placed an Israeli under administrative detention since it launched a crackdown on Jewish militants following a pair of deadly attacks last week.
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon's office said in a statement late Tuesday that Mordechai Meyer was arrested in connection with "violent activities and recent terror attacks."
Last week, suspected Jewish extremists torched a West Bank home, killing a Palestinian toddler and severely wounding his family a day after an anti-gay ultra-Orthodox man stabbed revelers at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade, killing a 16-year-old girl.
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