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Israel considers detaining right-wingers opposed to Gaza pullout

[JURIST] Israeli Internal Security Minister Gideon Ezra has told the Jerusalem Post that he is in favor of placing certain radicals opposed to Prime Minister Sharon's plan to pull out of the Gaza Strip in administrative detention, i.e hold them without trial [JP report]. Israel has so far only used this measure for Palestinian militants. Ezra cited increasing numbers of death threats against Israeli ministers. The Jerusalem Post reported Monday that as many as 84 senior officials have been put under protection amid concern for their lives [JP report]. On Sunday Prime Minister Sharon ordered his security services to plan for "reining in" extremists. "People [against] whom we have material - which is classified and cannot be brought to court - should be placed in administrative detention," said Ezra. On Monday, Israeli police chief Moshe Karadi also publicly supported the detention proposal [JP report]. BBC News has more. The Jerusalem Post has local coverage here.

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