Nine right-wing Jewish extremists arrested following the arson death of Palestinian toddler
By Ruth Eglash August 9 washingtonpost.com
JERUSALEM — Nine Jewish settlers suspected of extremist activities against Palestinians were arrested Sunday by Israeli forces after overnight police raids in several illegal outposts in the West Bank.
First to be arrested was Meir Ettinger, the 23-year-old grandson of the late Meir Kahane, an ultranationalist rabbi from the United States whose anti-Arab Kach movement was outlawed in Israel. Ettinger is considered a right-wing radical who advocates replacing Israel's secular government with one that rules by Jewish law.
The arrests come as part of a crackdown by authorities on right-wing Jewish extremists following the death of a Palestinian toddler and his father after their home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed 10 days ago. The arsonists scrawled Hebrew graffiti reading “Revenge!” and a Star of David on a nearby wall.
Eighteen-month old Ali Dawabshe died at the scene of the fire; his father, Saad, died Saturday from burns suffered in the attack. The child’s mother, Riham, and his 4-year-old brother, Ahmed, remain in critical condition.