Settler activist appeals his administrative detention

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Prominent settler activist Ariel Danino appeals his four-month administrative detention, demanding that the Supreme Court annul the order or grant him conditional release.

Danino was arrested on October 28 in the illegal outpost of Kumi Ori, near the Yitzhar settlement in the northern West Bank, by Border Police forces and Shin Bet agents, reportedly on suspicion of having carried out violent acts, according to the Kan public broadcaster. He is being held under administrative detention, meaning held without charge.

“It would have been appropriate that if the respondents [the defense minister and the Shin Bet internal security service] thought the appellant was acting in a dangerous manner to warn him or limit his movement, before signing this [administrative detention] order,” says a statement put out by the Honenu legal aid group, which provides legal services to right-wing activists and organizations.

Danino’s lawyers claim that he was arrested because of his strident criticism of the state and the security services on websites and online forums, and his frequent presence at anti-government protests.

On October 24, Danino posted on X objecting to what he said were offensive comments made by Palestinians in a Telegram chat group for residents of the Beita Palestinian village in the Northern West Bank, close to his home in Kumi Ori.

“I’m waiting to hear your laughter when we deal with Beita Village, soon!!! They will beg to die, beg. In the end we will kill them. But only at the end,” wrote Danino.

There have been dozens of incidents of settler violence against Palestinians in the West Bank since the October 7 atrocities perpetrated by Hamas in southern Israel, but no indictments have been filed so far.

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