Sunday, August 07, 2005

Mofaz: ´Extremists´ May Be Arrested Without Charges

08:53 Aug 07, '05 / 2 Av 5765
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Defense Minister Sha’ul Mofaz said on Saturday he is considering detaining and holding, without trial, suspected extremists recommended by security officials. Peres said suspects should be jailed.

"We will consider ... administrative detention of all those proposed by the Shin Bet (National Security Agency)," Mofaz said on Israel Channel Two television's Meet the Press program.

He said he cannot determine how many people might be held on "administrative detention" without charges, but added the number would not be on the scale of 500 which the interviewer suggested. Mofaz said he opposes "on principle" using administrative detention but would consider it in the wake of Thursday evening's murder of four Moslem and Christians Arabs by Eden Natan Zada, a Jew.

Vice Prime Minister Shimon Peres said that anyone suspected of planning violence should be jailed without trial. “We must restrict the movement of potential Jewish terrorists [and] we should make sure they cannot carry a rifle, a pistol or a knife," Peres told reporters.

Peres and other politicians visited, on Saturday, families of the victims of the Shfaram attack. Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert (Likud) said, "I am amazed by the responsible and restrained manner that the Arab public displayed after the attack."

However, many Arab leaders have called for a massive demonstration at the Temple Mount next Sunday, the Ninth of Av, when a large number of Jews traditionally pray at the Western Wall in memory of the destruction of the First and Second Temples.

From Bill: I'd like to make something very clear at this point: ISRAELI LAW HAS NO PROVISION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE DETENTION! This is patently Illegal, and what makes it more horrible is that it will make no difference: Large people (many of them under eighteen) are alredy being held without charge or trial.

I'd like to put a good finishing sentence on but it's early in the morning here so I'll just say good luck.


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