Israel police continue manhunt for extremists in Duma attack

Judea and Samaria police arrested and briefly detained 15 Jewish settlers Sunday in their search for the individuals responsible for the July 31 arson attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank settlement of Duma. The attack claimed the lives of an 18-month-old Palestinian boy and his father.

Israeli National Crimes Units and Shin Bet are also involved in the search.

In custody are Meir Ettinger and Evyatar Slonim, both of whom have been confined under administrative decree which allows Shin Bet, the Israeli security services, to hold the accused for a period of up to six months without trial.

In addition to Ettinger and Slonim, Israeli police arrested Mordechai Meyer last week. Meyer is a settler who Israeli authorities say is linked with Jewish extremism in the West Bank.

Although the three in custody are not charged in connection with the Duma arson, Israeli police have justified the arrests as part of a dragnet designed to examine increased attacks on Palestinian people and property, and Jewish extremism in general.

“Following various incidents that occurred in the West Bank recently, Israeli forces have carried out various searches throughout the night and have arrested a few suspects,” the police said in a statement, adding that the crackdown was part of “the investigation into the events that occurred in Duma.”


[] [AlJazeera]