Israel arrests most-wanted Jewish extremist


Israel has arrested Meir Ettinger, who tops the Shin Bet internal security organisation’s list of most-wanted Jewish extremists, as part of a crackdown following last week’s settler arson attack that killed a Palestinian baby.

Ettinger, the 24-year-old grandson of late Jewish extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, was scheduled to appear before a court in the northern town of Nazareth to have his remand extended, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said yesterday.

He was arrested late Monday for alleged involvement in “criminal nationalist activity,” she said.

Israeli-Palestinian tensions have soared since suspected Jewish extremists threw a fire bomb into the home of a Palestinian family in their northern West Bank village, killing a boy and critically injuring his 4-year-old brother and both parents.

A 27-year-old Israeli woman was moderately injured late Monday when suspected Palestinians threw a firebomb into her car at an East Jerusalem junction.

The woman rolled out of her car, which went up in flames and continued moving, and was taken to hospital with 25-per-cent burns, medics said.

Suspected Palestinians also threw fire-bombs at four civilian Israeli cars south of Jerusalem. Some three people were also injured in a clash on Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount / Noble Sanctuary, which houses the Aqsa and Dome of the Rock mosques, as well as the ruins of the Biblical Jewish Temple. — AP.