» 08/04/2015, 00.00
ISRAEL - PALESTINE
Jewish extremist arrested, suspected of attacks in Douma and the church in the Galilee
Israeli security services have arrested Meir Ettinger, accused of "nationalist crimes ." He faces up to a year of "administrative detention", a measure so far applied to Palestinian militants. On his blog he defended the attacks on churches and mosques. Police investigating threats to President Rivlin.
Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Israeli security services have arrested Meir Ettinger, a Jewish extremist suspected of involvement in the attack on the village of Douma, in which a Palestinian baby boy just 18 months old was killed. He is also suspected of being involved in the fire that broke out a few weeks ago at the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes in Galilee.
The arrest of 20 year-old Meir Ettinger occurred yesterday in Safed, in northern Israel; a Shin Bet spokesman reports that his cature was related to his "activities within a Jewish extremist organization". Ettinger is the grandson of Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the racist anti-Arab Kach movement assassinated in New York in 1990.
At the moment he is accused of "nationalistcrimes", although he is not currently charged with the arson attack on the Palestinian house in Duma, near Nablus, where a Palestinian child of a year and a half was burned alive.
Ettinger faces up to a year of "administrative detention", following the new government law that punishes acts and gestures related to "Jewish terrorism". That measure, once applied only to Palestinian militants, now also apply to the Israelis.
A few days ago on his blog he had denied the existence of a Jewish underground organization, but defended the attacks against churches and mosques, which he termed "pagan places of worship." Because of his activities in January he had been prevented from entering the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, Israeli police have opened an investigation into the threats circulating on the net against President Reuven Rivlin, after the strong condemnation expressed by the head of state against "Jewish terrorism". His post linked to the fire in Duma village, which caused the death of Ali Saad Dawabsh, in just a few hours clocked up more than 2 thousand comments, some positive however, alternating with threatening messages or open criticism. One of these termed the President a "dirty traitor" who will end up "worse than [Ariel] Sharon."
In 1995, then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed in a peace rally in Tel Aviv by a Jewish extremist, after a right-wing campaign that urged a boycott of the peace agreement with the Palestinians.
04/01/2016 ISRAEL – PALESTINE
Hunt continues for Tel Aviv attack suspect, who suffers from mental problems
Police is looking for Nasha'at Melhem, 31, in connection with the Hasimta pub shooting that left two people dead and seven injured. High-ranking government officials attend the victims’ funerals. The suspect, who suffers from mental problems, had attacked a soldier in the past. Two Jewish extremists (one underage) have been indicted for the arson attack against a Palestinian family in Duma.
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Israel fires: 80 thousand people evacuated. Netanyahu blames terrorism
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Israeli settlers burn a mosque in West Bank
The overnight arson attack took place near Ramallah. Mounting tensions after clashes on the Temple Mount. A 22 year-old Palestinian youth killed by police in Hebron.
08/08/2015 PALESTINE - ISRAEL
Nablus, father of 18 month old burned alive in settler attack, dies
The man, 32, died of the second-degree burns sustained during the attack. His wife and eldest son of four remain in critical condition.
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Jerusalem office of Israeli NGO B’Tselem torched in suspected arson attack
The NGO champions human rights in the Occupied Territories. The blaze broke out when the office was closed so no one was killed or injured. Human rights activists and groups blame the Netanyahu government for the serious incident. Last month, Israel’s Defence minister slammed Breaking the Silence.
CHINA – VATICAN
Old guard and illegitimate bishops dominate the new Catholic Assembly
Ma Yinglin and Fang Xingyao are re-elected presidents of the Bishops Council and the Patriotic Association, respectively. The principles of independence, autonomy, self-management and sinicisation are extolled. There is no "positive signal" as hoped by the Vatican.
CHINA - VATICAN
Assembly of Chinese Catholic Representatives extolls "independence and autonomy"
59 bishops present at assembly, as well as the state administration for religious affairs director and members of the United Front. Future changes in the leadership of the Council of Bishops and the Patriotic Association. Extolling of autonomy (from the Holy See), a non-positive sign. The Global Times reiterates preconditions for dialogue. A state church. The criticism of Card. Joseph Zen and Hong Kong’s Justice and Peace. One Catholic: This assembly is a slap in the face to the Vatican.
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