Jewish Extremist Accused of Dawabsha Murders to Be Released

Meir Ettinger, the head of a Jewish extremist group who was responsible for the deaths of the Dawabshe family members. (Photo: Via Ma'an)

The Jewish extremist, Meir Ettinger (23), arrested for the arson attack that killed three members of the Dawabsha family in the occupied West Bank last summer, is to be released from Israeli custody.

Two Israeli suspects were accused of murder of the arson attack which occurred in January when the home of the Dawabsha family was set ablaze, killing 18-month-old Ali Saad immediately.

The infant’s parents, Riham and Saad, later died from severe burns, leaving 4-year-old Ahmad Dawabsha with severe burn wounds, and the only surviving member of the family.

Ettinger was allegedly detained “because of his activities in a Jewish extremist organization,” and was reportedly also the brains behind a June 18 arson attack on a shrine in northern Israel.

Ettinger’s impending release is viewed by many as emblematic of a “culture of impunity” for Israeli settlers and soldiers committing violent acts against Palestinians saying it is a violation of human rights and contravenes international law.

Attacks by settlers are often carried out under the armed protection of Israeli forces who rarely make efforts to protect Palestinians from such attacks.


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