Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem August 5, 2015. REUTERS/Dan Balilty/Pool
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Israel has intensified its pursuit of Jewish extremists after the firebombing death of a Palestinian child, detaining one suspect without trial through a controversial procedure usually reserved for Palestinians.Police arrested three alleged extremists this week, as pressure mounts to act against those responsible, though none of the suspects has been publicly accused of direct involvement in the firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma.One suspect, Mordechai Mayer, an 18-year-old settler, was on Tuesday placed in what is known as administrative detention, which allows him to be held indefinitely without charge.Administrative detention dates from British-mandated Palestine, and Israel normally applies it against Palestinians, allowing them to be held without trial for renewable six-month periods.At the end of June, 370 Palestinians were on administrative detention, according to rights group B'Tselem. The suspect, Yishai Schlissel, had been released from prison only three weeks earlier after serving a 10-year sentence for a similar attack.
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