Duma suspect: ‘Let me take part in my son’s brit milah’

Meir Ettinger, the primary suspect in the Duma arson and murder, submitted an urgent appeal on Thursday evening. He asked the court to order the prison service to let him leave next Monday, in order to participate in his son's brit milah.

Ettinger made his appeal through his lawyer, Sima Kochav from the legal defense organization Honenu. He says that he only needs a few hours.

The Be'er Sheva court will look into the request Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.

Ettinger was placed on administrative detention more than seven months ago. The initial order, signed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) was only for six months. About a month and a half ago, Ya'alon order it to be extended for an additional four months.

Kochav says, "We submitted an urgent appeal for the regional court to instruct the Israel Prison Service to allow Ettinger to participate in his eldest son's brit milah. There is no need to expound on the importance of brit milah for the Jewish People, and even an administrative detainee has rights.

"I am hopeful that the court will accept the appeal and that Ettinger will celebrate the brit milah in a dignified manner."

Ettinger is being held in solitary confinement and is forbidden from speaking on the telephone, except to some of his family members. He recently went on a 17-day hunger strike against his conditions.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/210198

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