Grandson of Meir Kahane arrested for burning baby; part of extremist network

By Celine Hagbard | (IMEMC News )

As Israeli investigators release their findings that a right-wing Jewish terrorist network is gaining power throughout Israel and illegal West Bank settlements, an arrest has been made in the arson attack Thursday night that burned a baby to death and severely wounded his mother, father and 4-year old brother.

The alleged arsonist, who smiled and joked as he was taken into custody, is 24-year old Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was known for his racism and incitement against Arabs, as well as direct involvement in violent racist attacks.

His arrest came five days after the attack, and is the only one so far, despite eyewitness accounts that at least four men were seen running from the village after setting the house on fire with a firebomb and spraypainting it with racist graffiti.

As Meir Ettinger was taken into custody, police investigators told reporters from Ha’aretz newspaper that they suspect the involvement of a right-wing network that is based in Yitzhar settlement, in the northern West Bank, and has planned and carried out dozens of terror attacks against Palestinians.

The group is also suspected of carrying out the arson that burned the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, a holy site for Christians, late last year.



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  1. “…..the grandson of Meir Kahane, known for his racism and incitement against Arabs………..”

    On Easter Sunday morning in1982, Alan Harry Goodman, a follower of Rabbi Meir Kahane wearing an IDF uniform and toting an M-16 rifle, shot his way into al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and inflicted heavy casualties. Kahane’s Kach Party denounced the carnage, PM Menachem Begin declared the shooter insane and a court in Jerusalem convicted Goodman, a former Case Western Reserve University student, of counts of murder and attempted murder and sentenced him to life plus 40 years in prison.

    Despite this severe sentence, two separate sentence reductions were ordered by President Chaim Herzog and a third by his successor and Goodman was granted a parole at the earliest opportunity in late 1997 – he was flown by El Al jet to his native Maryland. It was rumored that then-PM Netanyahu was instrumental in securing his release on parole.

    Netanyahu’s father, Benzion, had been a close friend of Meir Kahane’s father

    PM Netanyahu, a few months ago, delivered a eulogy at the funeral of a Jewish settler extremist leader – second in historical stature only to Kahane – in which he labeled the deceased, Rabbi Moshe Levinger “a great example”; Levinger, like Goodman, had served jail time for killing a Palestinian.

    PM Netanyahu denunciation of the latest violent death and purported sympathy for the toddler’s family have a hollow ring to many observers.

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