Ali Dawabsha, a 18-month-old Palestinian baby from the West Bank village of Duba, was killed on Friday in an arson attack allegedly perpetuated by Jewish extremists. Three other members of the Dawabsha family were seriously wounded in the attack, among them the mother of Ali, who suffers from burns on 90 percent of her body. Doctors at the Sheba Medical Centre in Tel Aviv said the mother is in very bad condition and they fear for her life.
Two houses in Duba were attacked with Molotov cocktails on Friday night. The arsonists sprayed the words “revenge” and “long live Messiah the king” in Hebrew on the walls of the houses. According to eyewitnesses, the mother first took her oldest child out of the house and then returned to save the baby, but she got trapped in the flames and could not save him. The other house that went up in flames was empty. The funeral for the baby took place on Saturday afternoon and was attended by 2,000 people.
Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the attack was probably nationalistically motivated because police found the words “price tag” on one of the houses. A small number of extremist Jews living in Samaria sometimes stage attacks dubbed “price tags” in revenge for Palestinian terror or whenever Israeli authorities take action against illegal outposts or illegal buildings in Jewish villages.
The IDF set up checkpoints in the Nablus area shortly after the attack and started searching for the arsonists in Jewish outposts in the Duba area.
Scores of Israeli officials and politicians, as well as Palestinian leaders, condemned the attack.
IDF spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said the incident was “nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said:
I am shocked by this horrible criminal act. This is a clear terrorist attack. Israel takes a tough stance against terrorism regardless who the perpetrators are. I have instructed the security forces to use all means at our disposal to capture the killers and bring them to justice as soon as possible. Israel is united in its opposition to such terrible and heinous acts. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I would like to commiserate with the family of Ali Dawwabshe and wish a speedy recovery to the injured family members.
Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon issued a statement saying:
We will not allow Jewish terrorists to harm the lives of Palestinians in Judea and Samaria [the so-called West Bank]. We will fight against them firmly and with all means and tools at our disposal. At this time, security forces – the IDF, Shin Bet, and police – are making a supreme effort to capture the killers. We will pursue them until we get our hands on them.
The investigation was placed under a gag order.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack in a strongly worded statement and claimed that the arson constituted a war crime. He said he would take the case to the International Criminal Court:
We condemn the Israeli crimes – this is a war crime and a crime against humanity. We will take this to the International Criminal Court and no one will stop us from doing so. We demand that the world act. What does the United States think of these crimes? We don’t hear from it. If the Israeli government and the Israeli military wanted to prevent these incidents, they could prevent them.
Israeli PM Netanyahu reacted to Abbas’ statement on Sunday: “Netanyahu, addressing the weekly cabinet meeting, compared Israeli officials’ swift condemnation of the attack to what he said was an inadequate response on the part of PA officials after Palestinian terrorists targeted Israeli civilians,” The Times of Israel reported.
“We deplore and condemn these murderers. We will pursue them to the end. They name public squares after the murderers of children. This distinction cannot be blurred or covered up,” he said.
“It is important to say this even as we utter our condemnations and unite against the criminals among our people,” Netanyahu added.
The attack in which the baby was killed was reported by virtually all mainstream media all over the world, but the same media failed to report what preceded the apparent revenge attack.
The Hebrew news site Kol Ha Yehudi recorded a wave of terror attacks by Arabs in the week preceding the arson in Duba. Twenty-two Jews were wounded in 60 terror attacks last week. The terror included firebombs, targeted fireworks, stone-throwing, burned fields, firebomb attacks on Jewish homes, and the use of an explosive device.
Here is, for example, a breakdown of the attacks on Monday, July 27, 2015:
Monday – July 27
0:23 A fire broke out in the town of Psagot Benjamin (West Bank) after Arabs threw multiple firebombs at homes.
11:10 Arab terrorists imprisoned in jail ignited a fire in one of the cells. Eleven prison guards and two inmates were moderately injured due to smoke inhalation. One of the guards was evacuated to a medical center.
17:01 A Jewish woman was lightly injured by stones thrown at her vehicle near the Arabs up Maaleh Levona Binyamin settlement.
18:24 Arabs threw stones at an ambulance near Mount Hebron.
18:32 Dozens of Arab rioters in Qalandiya threw stones at border police forces.
18:33 Arabs threw stones at vehicles near the village of Sinjil Benjamin.
19:05 Arabs threw stones at vehicles near the settlement of Ofra in Binyamin.
20:39 Arabs threw stones at vehicles near the old mosque in the village of Hawara in Samaria.
21:37 Arabs threw a Molotov cocktail at Israeli vehicles near the settlement of Ma’ale Adumim.
22:46 Arabs threw stones at an Israeli bus near the settlement of Beit El in Binyamin.
On Sunday, Kol Ha Yehudi published a new list of terror attacks under the headline, “The silent Intifada.” The news site recorded no less than 80 attacks over the weekend and reported 38 wounded as a result of a wave of terror that hit Israel after Hamas called for days of rage because of a supposed Jewish threat to the El Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Many of the attacks involved arson. One of the arson attacks was directed at Joseph’s tomb in the Nablus (Shehem) area.
The Jewish Press contributed to this report.
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