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Court approves administrative detention extension for Meir Ettinger

Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 15:00 The Central District Court in Lod approved the four-month remand extension for administrative detainee Meir Ettinger. Honenu Attorney Yuval Zemer: “Today Ettinger’s opinions are not pleasing to the ears of the government – tomorrow it will be someone else’s.” At the end of the first period of administrative detention by an order signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and authorized on September 20, 2015 by the Lod District Court, on a recommendation by the Jewish Department of the ISA, Yaalon signed a new four-month order extending the administrative detention. On the afternoon of Tuesday, February 23, Central District Court Judge Avraham Tal approved the order. Ettinger has been held in solitary for over six months and has been under administrative detention since early August 2015. Ettinger’s defense attorney, Honenu Attorney Yuval Zemer, responded to the approval of the order: “The day on which the court approves the extension of a man’s administrative detention only because of his opinions is a sad day for democracy. Today Ettinger’s viewpoints are not pleasing to the ears of the government and tomorrow either my opinions or those of any citizen are liable to not be pleasing. This decision should make anyone who holds democracy and the rights of individuals, close to his heart, lose sleep.” Ettinger is being held in solitary in a separate wing under severe conditions. On January 18 he went on a 17-day hunger strike in protest of his remand conditions.

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