JERUSALEM (JTA) – Israel’s Shin Bet security service issued restraining orders to 10 right-wing Jewish activists that it believes carried out attacks or are planning attacks against Palestinians.
The suspected extremists, who reportedly live in settlement outposts believed to be affiliated with the radical hilltop youth, are banned from the West Bank for the next 10 months and are under house arrest at night.
“In light of several terrorist attacks committed recently, in which there was even loss of life, restraining orders were issued against 10 activists at the recommendation of the Shin Bet,” the security service said in a statement Sunday.
The statement appeared to be referring to the July attack on a private home in the West Bank village of Duma, which left Sa’ad Dawabsha and his 18-month-old son, Ali, dead.
The orders were issued as part of the Shin Bet’s “uncompromising effort to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure that carried out the attacks, and prevent additional activity that endangers public security,” the statement said.
The Honenu organization, which provides legal representation for right-wing activists, said in a statement: “The system is under unprecedented pressure and is using inacceptable means against settlers engaged in settling the land. We are witness to a dramatic increase in the severity and scope of administrative orders, which will greatly undermine the rights of those receiving them.”