Palestinian toddler burnt to death in arson attack

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Palestinian toddler burnt to death in arson attack

A man shows a picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha who died when his family house was set on fire by alleged Jewish extremists in the West Bank village of Duma. (AFP)

Al Arabiya News with Agencies
Friday, 31 July 2015

An 18-months old Palestinian toddler was burnt to death on Friday after a group of suspected Jewish attackers torched his house, seriously injuring his parents and four-year-old brother, in an attack the Palestinian president described as a “humanitarian crime.”

The house in Duma, a village near the city of Nablus, had its windows smashed and fire bombs thrown inside shortly before dawn as the family slept, the military and witnesses said. Graffiti in Hebrew reading “revenge” was scrawled outside, below a Star of David.

The child’s parents and four-year-old brother were flown by helicopter to an Israeli hospital where they were said to be in serious condition, officials said. A second house in the village was also set ablaze, but no one was at home.

It was the worst attack by Israeli assailants since a Palestinian teenager was burned to death in Jerusalem a year ago. That followed the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian militants in the West Bank.

The Israeli military boosted forces in the area to search for the suspects, described by a spokesman as “two masked terrorists,” and prevent any escalation in violence. The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called for revenge.

Netanyahu calls Abbas
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a rare telephone call to Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, condemning the murder.

Netanyahu told Abbas “everyone in Israel was shocked by the reprehensible terrorism against the Dawabsha family” that killed the 18-month-old boy, his office said.

“We must fight terrorism together, regardless of which side it comes from,” he added

Part of Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition is the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, which advocates more settlements and settler rights in the West Bank. Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett was quick to denounce the attack, but Palestinians accused the party of laying the ground for it.

Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner called the arson “nothing short of a barbaric act of terrorism.”

The police said a special task-force was investigating the killing, along with the Shin Bet security service.

U.N. condemns, U.S. slams ‘vicious terrorist attack’
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) condemned the attack later on Friday.

“The members of the security council expressed profound and condemned in the strongest terms the viscous arson attack in the village of Duma near Nablus which killed Palestinian toddler, Ali, and injured his family members,” a statement from the highest U.N. body said.

UNSC members also “underlined the need to bring the perpetrators of this deplorable act to justice.”
The United States on Friday also condemned what it said was a “vicious terrorist attack.”

A statement from the U.S. State Department urged Israel to “apprehend the murderers” and called on both sides to “avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this tragic incident.”

Abbas wants ICC to probe case
Abbas described the attack as a “war crime, a humanitarian crime.” He also said it would be part of the Palestinians’ case against Israel at the International Criminal Court.

Palestinian official Saeb Erekat blamed Israel for the incident, calling it a “brutal assassination.”

Earlier a spokesman for Abbas also held Israel responsible. “Such a crime would not have occurred if the Israeli government did not insist on pursuing settlements and protecting settlers,” Nabil Abu Rdainah said.

Hamas spokesman Hussam Badran called for retaliation. “This crime has made occupation soldiers and settlers everywhere legitimate targets,” he said.

The Center for Arab British Understanding (CAABU) said this “was not an isolated incident.”

“Israeli settlers in the West Bank have perpetrated killings and violence against Palestinians for years in a climate of almost complete impunity,” a statement from the group said.

Nine Palestinian homes have been burnt down by settlers in the past three years, CAABU said citing a report by Israeli rights group B’Tselem.

“Caabu Parliamentary delegations have witnessed settler violence and its results. These include burnt homes, cars and olive groves,” the statement said.

“All too frequently human rights groups and video evidence show that Israeli soldiers stand by and do nothing.”

CAABU director Chris Doyle said these settlers should not have been in the West Bank in the first place.

“Settlements are illegal. They also have a real impact on Palestinian lives taking their land, resources and water. Moreover they pose a real and serious threat to Palestinian security,” he said.


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This is a horrible thing to have happen, and I feel so sorry for the parents and the children involved in this. But these people are at war. No matter whose side you're on, there will be casualties on both sides. In my opinion, the Palestinians always parade their dead and wounded before a camera, to inflame the rest of the world, especially if there's a young person involved. Netanyahu certainly did the right thing.
 
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RIP,
Condolences to his family.


In my opinion, the Palestinians always parade their dead and wounded before a camera, to inflame the rest of the world, especially if there's a young person involved. Netanyahu certainly did the right thing.
Simply, because the Palestinians are the weakest side compared to the Israelis. In a rogue state like Israel, the laws applied only on the Palestinians unlike the Israelis who have the right to kill anyone because he's Palestinian. So, you won't see the Israelis crying in front of the cameras. :)
 
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RIP,
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Simply, because the Palestinians are the weakest side compared to the Israelis. In a rogue state like Israel, the laws applied only on the Palestinians unlike the Israelis who have the right to kill anyone because he's Palestinian. So, you won't see the Israelis crying in front of the cameras. :)
They're "weaker" because all they seem to think about is killing Israelis. Beyond that, I don't see goals or stability in their make up at all. They are the ones, even the ones I've talked to in this country over the years, who absolutely detest Israel, and doubt its right to exist! What can you do when all your neighbors hate you, and want to kill you? In any case, terrorism is not acceptable on either side.
 
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What else would you expect from the number 1 terrorist state of the world. Their military fire phosphorus bomb on civilians.
 
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They're "weaker" because all they seem to think about is killing Israelis. Beyond that, I don't see goals or stability in their make up at all. They are the ones, even the ones I've talked to in this country over the years, who absolutely detest Israel, and doubt its right to exist! What can you do when all your neighbors hate you, and want to kill you? In any case, terrorism is not acceptable on either side.
The fact is the Jews don't have the right to occupy an Arabic land and kill the people to establish their country that called " Israel ". The Palestinians have nothing to do since they're the victim here. What all they have is the right to defend their lands and declare the war against the occupier till the last breath. If the Americans or any nation were in their place we will see all the people doing the same thing to repel the aggression and kill the aggressors, so the world should blame the Israelis not the Palestinians or the neighboring states. Israel will never live in peace because it's illegitimate state.
 
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If the Americans or any nation were in their place we will see all the people doing the same thing to repel the aggression and kill the aggressors, so the world should blame the Israelis not the Palestinians or the neighboring states. Israel will never live in peace because it's illegitimate state.
The lands of the United States are conquered and occupied by the explorers and gold seekers of the Anglo Europeans. I doubt you will get any sympathy from other occupiers that have nestled nicely into their forefathers handy work. The real natives of the land have been forgotten about and sent to live in infertile lands that are out of the way.

Will you get sympathy from the US on this matter? Sure you will. Will they get up and attack Israel extremist? Nope.
 
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The lands of the United States are conquered and occupied by the explorers and gold seekers of the Anglo Europeans. I doubt you will get any sympathy from other occupiers that have nestled nicely into their forefathers handy work. The real natives of the land have been forgotten about and sent to live in infertile lands that are out of the way.
Good example. But there is nothing can justify the Jews crimes against the Palestinians.
@Falcon29 , can clarify better than me.


Will you get sympathy from the US on this matter? Sure you will. Will they get up and attack Israel extremist? Nope.
Indeed the U.S is part of the problem, not part of the solution. So the last thing we expect is U.S sympathy. Because it will be a joke more than being a sympathy.OXXO
 
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This is such a sad news that should pierce the heart of the authorities. For what good will it bring if you burn the house where people are living? That is their abode. Take away the abode and you make the family homeless. Such cruel acts should be condemned not only by that country but it deserves an international condemnation. So sad that an infant had paid the price of war.
 
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Riyadh blasts ‘heinous terrorist’ killing of Palestinian toddler

Palestinians carry the body of one-and-a-half year old boy, Ali Dawabsheh, during his funeral in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP)

By Saudi Gazette | Riyadh
Sunday, 2 August 2015

Saudi Arabia denounced, in the strongest terms, here today the heinous terrorist crime carried out by Israeli settlers, on Friday dawn, resulting in the death of a Palestinian infant, at Duma Village, near Nablus, and severely burning of a number of the infant's family members, SPA said.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir condemned this barbaric and brutal act, which has been committed without a shred of ethics, conscience or humanity, while blaming the Israeli occupation authorities and holding them responsible and accountable for this criminal act against the Palestinians.

Al-Jubeir also called on the international community to fulfill its responsibilities and take necessary measures to protect the Palestinians from the aggressive practices of Israeli settlers.

While offering the Kingdom's condolences to the family of the infant and the government and people of Palestine, the minister hoped for a speedy recovery of the injured among the family members of the infant.
The parents and brother of the Palestinian toddler meanwhile were fighting for their lives Saturday, as protests over the arson attack entered a second day in the occupied territories.

The firebombing of the family's home in the occupied West Bank, which killed 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha, sparked an international outcry over Israel's failure to get to grips with violence by hard-line Jewish settlers. The child's father, Saad, was being treated for third-degree burns at the Soroka hospital in southern Israel, where a spokeswoman described his condition as "critical". Mother Riham and four-year-old brother Ahmed were being treated at Tel Hashomer hospital near Tel Aviv, where a spokeswoman described their condition as life-threatening.

On Saturday, dozens of Palestinians were clashing with Israeli forces at the Jalazon refugee camp, where the funeral of Laith Khaldi had taken place. Khaldi, 16, was shot by Israeli soldiers Friday after throwing a Molotov cocktail, the army said.

On Saturday morning, Palestinians and Jewish settlers clashed near Kusra in the northern West Bank, trading volleys of stones until the Israeli army declared the area a closed military zone.

In East Jerusalem, some 10 Palestinians were wounded in overnight clashes with Israeli police, Palestinian sources said. On Saturday, two officers were lightly wounded dispersing a riot, police said.

Meanwhile, Al-Azhar denounced, also in the strongest words, the horrendous crime committed by Israeli extremist settlers, who attacked and burned a house at Duma village. In a statement issued here on Friday, Al-Azhar confirmed that this heinous crime and other crimes committed by the Israeli settlers would not have occurred without the blessing of the Israeli occupation authorities, which should be held fully responsible and accountable for the consequences of these horrendous crimes.

Al-Azhar strongly deplored the terrible silence of the international community and human rights organizations toward the crimes being committed against the Palestinian people contrary to all divine laws and international norms and conventions.

It warned against the continued policy of double standards and called for urgent Arab and international action to protect the Palestinian people from the arrogance of the Zionist occupation.

Also, Egypt government condemned the horrendous crime committed by Israeli extremist settlers. “Israel, as the occupying power, should be held fully responsible and accountable for the consequences of this heinous crime,” spokesman of the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Badr Abdel Ati said, in a statement issued here on Friday.

He called on the international community to provide security and protection to the Palestinian people, while offering condolences of Egypt’s government and people to the family of the martyr infant and to the brotherly Palestinian people, and wishing speedy recovery to the injured.

Meanwhile, the German government on Friday too strongly condemned the brutal arson by Israeli extremist settlers. Describing it as an inhumane act of terrorism, the German government said that the brutality, with which the family was attacked with incendiary devices, at its home, is shocking.

In a press release published on the German Federal Foreign Office website, the German government said: “We share the family’s grief over the death of the toddler”.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the firebombing “an act of terrorism in every respect” and made a rare telephone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But the Palestine Liberation Organization said it held his government “fully responsible”.

The death of 18-month-old Ali Saad Dawabsha was “a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism”, the PLO said. Abbas said he had ordered his foreign minister to file a complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

“We want true justice, but I doubt that Israel will provide that,” he said of the attack in Duma, near the northern city of Nablus.

The US State Department condemned the “vicious terrorist attack” in “the strongest possible terms,” urging Israel to “apprehend the murderers” and calling on both sides to “avoid escalating tensions”.

The European Union called on Israel to show “zero tolerance” for settler violence, while Jordan, the only Arab state apart from Egypt to have signed a peace accord with Israel, strongly condemned the attack.

“This ugly crime could have been avoided if the Israeli government had not ignored the rights of the Palestinian people and turned its back on peace,” government spokesman Mohammed Momani said.

And UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the murder while calling on both sides to “take bold steps to return to the path of peace”. — With input from agencies

This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Sunday August 02, 2015.

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Israel to detain Jewish militant suspects without trial

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vows to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation". (File photo: Reuters)

By Reuters | Occupied Jerusalem
Sunday, 2 August 2015

Israel intends to detain without trial citizens suspected of political violence against Palestinians, government officials said on Sunday following a lethal West Bank arson attack blamed on Jewish militants.

The extension to Israelis of so-called "administration detention", a practice commonly applied to Palestinian militant suspects and condemned internationally, laid bare authorities' frustration at failing to curb Jewish ultra-nationalist attacks.

Friday's torching of a Palestinian home killed a toddler and seriously hurt his parents and brother, causing an outcry abroad
and vows by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to crack down on what he deemed "terrorism" by "criminals in our nation".

There was no claim of responsibility for the arson at Duma village, in the occupied West Bank. Graffiti in Hebrew reading
"revenge" daubed at the site was consistent with past vandalism and other hate crimes by bands of young Jewish zealots targeting Arabs, Christians, peace activists or Israeli army property.

With no arrests yet made for the arson, some Israeli commentators on Sunday questioned the resolve of security services which, when responding to Palestinian attacks, often round up suspects en masse as part of accelerated investigations.

Such detainees are sometimes held without trial for months, a measure Israel says is required to prevent further violence in the absence of sufficient evidence to prosecute, or where going to court would risk exposing the identity of secret informants.

Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, who oversees law and order in the West Bank, would now subject any Israelis arrested for the Duma arson or similar incidents in the future to "administrative detention," his spokesman said.

"As always, each case of administrative detention will have to be approved by the courts, but by invoking this the minister is taking action consistent with his effort to exact the full measure of the law against these people," the spokesman said.

Officials with Israel's Shin Bet security service and Justice Ministry said they were aware of government plans to seek administrative detention for Israeli citizens.

According to the Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, 5,442 Palestinians were in detention without trial as of June. The measure, which foreign critics see as a blow to due process of the law, has seldom been imposed by Israel against its own citizens.

"To the best of my knowledge, there have been no instances of Israelis being held in administrative detention in recent years," said B'Tselem spokeswoman Sarit Michaeli.

Israeli officials say the Jewish zealots elude discovery by operating in small networks that are hard for informants to penetrate, avoiding electronic communications that might be monitored, and clamming up when detained for interrogation.

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