[News] Israeli Arson Suspects Released

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  Arson Suspects Released by Israeli Authorities

author Monday August 10, 2015 20:12author by IMEMC News & Agencies

    Israel has released all suspects detained in raids as part of a
    probe into the firebombing of a Palestinian home which killed an
    18-month-old child and his father, Israeli authorities said Monday.

They did not provide the number of those detained in the raids, early 
Sunday, in Jewish settlement outposts in the occupied West Bank, near 
the Palestinian village of Douma, where the July 31 firebombing occurred.

Outposts in the Israeli-occupied West Bank are notorious for housing 
young Jewish hardliners, referred to as 'hilltop youth'.

"All those arrested yesterday for interrogation have been released," a 
spokeswoman for the Shin Bet domestic security agency told AFP, without 
providing further details.

The raids came as Israel seeks to crack down on Jewish extremists 
following the firebombing that also critically wounded the toddler's 
mother and four-year-old brother.

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The attack has led to pressure on the government to act against Jewish 
extremists accused of being behind a series of hate crimes and 
nationalist attacks, including a stabbing attack 
<http://www.imemc.org/article/72430> at a Gay Pride parade in West 
Jerusalem, last month, which killed a 16-year-old girl and wounded five 

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu 
has labelled the firebombing "terrorism" and pledged to use all legal 
means to track down the perpetrators.

However, many Palestinians have pointed out that Israeli government 
policies -- including support for settlement expansion 
<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?topic=israelisettlement> and frequent 
impunity for settlers -- allowed for the firebombing to take place.

In addition to Sunday's raids, three alleged Jewish extremists have been 
placed in a controversial form of detention 
<http://www.imemc.org/article/72524> without trial usually used for 

Over 85 percent of investigations into settler violence are closed 
without indictments, Israeli rights group Yesh Din 
<http://www.imemc.org/newswire?search_text=yesh+din&button=Search+%3E%3E> says.

The 100 or so Jewish outposts in the occupied West Bank are not 
officially recognized by the Israeli government but receive support and 
assistance from government ministries.

Since occupying the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has 
built over 125 Jewish-only settlements across the territories with a 
settler population of over 500,000, in contravention of international law.
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