Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a six-month administrative arrest order Sunday for two Jewish extremists suspected of carrying out and planning terror attacks against Palestinians and Christian targets. The detention warrants follow a government decision to crack down on Jewish terrorism following the July 31 arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank village of Duma, in which a toddler and his father were burnt to death.
Administrative detention, a measure rarely used against Jews and directed almost exclusively against Palestinians, allows authorities to arrest people without putting them on trial and without telling them of what they are suspected. It is generally used when there is no evidence or insufficient proof that an individual has violated the law, or as a tool to extract information.
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