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Israeli Press Review of 02.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 02.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Top Jewish terror suspect freed from detention

The Shin Bet security service's number one Jewish suspect of terrorism was released on Wednesday after 10 months in administrative detention, Ha’aretz reports.

Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the slain far-right activist Meir Kahane, was detained following the murder of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank village of Duma last July, and was placed in administrative detention for six months. His detention was later extended by a further four months.

The Shin Bet did not seek to extend the administrative detention order again.

Ettinger remains under various restrictions, including a ban from the West Bank and east Jerusalem and a curfew. He is also barred from making contact with 93 people..

In the original administrative detention order against Ettinger, Justice Avraham Tal noted that "according to intelligence information presented by the Shin Bet, in September 2013 Ettinger founded an organisation that aimed to bring forward a violent revolt that would topple the Israeli state by carrying out acts that would hurt the state's weak points. The revolt was meant to include four stages – public relations, recruitment of activists, the uprising's breakout and the disturbances phase."

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz


  • Iran TV reporter arrested for incitement, supporting terrorism

A journalist for an Iranian news outlet was arrested in northern Israel on Wednesday for incitement and supporting terror groups the Times of Israel reports.

Bassam al-Safadi, a 43-year-old resident of the Druze village of Majdal Shams in the Golan Heights, has been accused of “publishing statements in support of terror groups and incitement to violence or terror,” a police spokesperson said.

Safadi is a reporter for Iran’s al-Alam news network, which draws its funding from the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting company.

On its website, the television channel claimed Safadi was arrested for “no reason,” saying it was likely linked to a report in which he alleged that Israel was “stealing” oil on the Golan Heights — a reference to Israeli exploratory drilling in the Israeli-controlled side of the plateau, which is captured from Syria during the 1967 Six Day War.

According to the Iranian outlet, Safadi’s laptop and camera were also confiscated during his arrest on Wednesday morning.

Majdal Shams is one of the largest Druze communities in Israel. Though the town was formally annexed by Israel in the 1970s, many living there continue to support the Assad regime in Syria.

Many Majdal Shams residents have refused to accept Israeli citizenship; however, Safadi is not one of them, police said.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Israeli woman admits she lied about being raped by Palestinians

A Jewish Israeli woman who claimed to have been raped by two Palestinians in Tel Aviv has told the police that she lied about the allegations, Ha’aretz reports.

The 22-year-old woman, who is mentally challenged, said that she was in a consensual relationship with one of the Palestinians, a minor, and that her family fabricated the rape allegations to put an end to their affair.

In an official statement, the police said that after 15 days of investigating the case no evidence has been found to support the rape allegations.

Police have asked the court to release the two suspects under restricted conditions. They will be required to post bail, stay away from Tel Aviv and avoid contact with the accuser. The minor is expected to be charged with being in Israel illegally. 

The two Palestinians, residents of the Nablus area, were arrested last Wednesday. The woman claimed that during the rape, which she said took place on Independence Day, the two also cursed and hurled racist epithets at her, and urinated on her. A third person who was accused of being involved in the case was never apprehended. 

The woman changed her account following a court hearing on Monday. The police initially decided not to release the minor while trying to make sure that the woman didn't withdraw her testimony because she was afraid or exhausted from the questioning. 

 The case caused controversy over the past week as the police struggled to ascertain whether the alleged attack was politically motivated.

Last Thursday night, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu complicated matters with a Facebook post relating to the incident: “This was a horrific crime that requires wall-to-wall condemnation, but such condemnation hasn’t been heard.”

"One can only imagine what would have happened if the situation were reversed,” Netanyahu wrote, implying that if the accused assailants were Jewish and the victim was Arab, the reaction would have been one of greater outrage. 

By the next morning, however, the prime minister had developed second thoughts, posting: “The incident as reported caused me deep shock and pain – however, it wasn’t right for me to address the topic until the investigation was complete.” 

Click here to read the full article in Ha’aretz

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