Head of a Jewish extremist group Meir Ettinger appears in court in Nazareth Illit , Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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Israel has jailed a Jewish extremist for six months without charges or trial, expanding a crackdown against militant Jews and deploying a contentious measure typically used for Palestinians suspected of staging attacks.A statement from Yaalon's office said Meyer, 18, was being held in connection to "his involvement in violent activities and recent terror attacks".The ministry would not elaborate on the suspicions against him but Israel's internal security agency Shin Bet said Meyer was among five people arrested in connection with the arson attack against a well-known church in northern Israel in June. Israel has defended the administrative detention of Palestinians as a necessary tool for preventing militant attacks.The Palestinians are also taking action to try to prevent future attacks. The Palestinian leadership has begun forming civilian patrol groups across the West Bank, where Palestinians who say they feel unsafe are hoping to ward off attacks by Jewish extremists.
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