Israel's Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon Tuesday signed the first "administrative detention" order for a suspected Jewish extremist following the firebombing of a Palestinian home in which a baby was burned alive.
The subject of the order is Mordechai Meir, an Israeli settler arrested on Tuesday for "his involvement in violent activities and terrorist attacks in recent times", a statement said.
The measure, allowing renewable six-month periods of detention without trial, dates from British-mandated Palestine and is normally applied against Palestinian suspects.
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