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Horrific arson attack kills baby and seriously injures three

2 Comments 31 July 2015

A horrific attack early this morning in the Palestinian village of Duma left one baby dead and 3 seriously injured.

 

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What we currently understand:

At approximately 2:10 am residents of Duma saw masked people fleeing a home that quickly went up in flames. It was clear to them that these were Israelis, and our Defense Minister has already called this an act of terror perpetrated by Jews. One home had people in it. The victims were the Dehabshe family, and  a 1.5 year old boy was murdered. The parents and a 4 year old brother were seriously injured.

Our Palestinian field worker Zakaria Sadah was one of the first to arrive on the scene, and helped coordinate helicopter evactuation of the injured to Israeli hospitals.The graffiti reads “Revenge”, with a Jewish Star, and “Long live the King Messiah,” with a crown.

The Coordinator for Government Activities in the Territories arrived and expressed (Hebrew) deep sorrow, condolences and speedy recovery for this “terrible act,” noted that the Civil Adminsitation worked to evactuate the injured,  said security forces would do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Yesterday Zakaria and Rabbi Ascherman were working to remove roadblocks not allowing Palestinians to travel on the Hawara-Jit road, in order to prevent confrontations. This was punishing the victims, but showed that security forces were trying to deal with the possibility of violence. Duma is located not far from the Shilo Valley area, where there is a lot of violence. However, it is off the beaten path a bit, and not anywhere near Beit El. The approach to the homes from the main road is a dirt path. Photos by Zakaria Sadah, RHR field worker.

RHR’s statement on the murder/arson:

Rabbis for Human Rights condemns in the strongest terms the murder of the baby Ali Saed Duabsheh and the serious injury of three members of his family, in an arson attack this morning. We send our condolences and our prayers for speedy recovery. We are proud of the central role of our Palestinian field worker, Zakaria Sadeh, in arranging for the evacuation of the injured to Israeli hospitals. If, as our Defense Minister has stated, this act was carried out by Jews, it is also ” Khilul HaShem ,” a desecration of God’s Name. 

It is important and praiseworthy in our eyes that condemnation of this terrible act has come from across the political spectrum. As we also learn from the stabbings at yesterday’s Pride Parade, our rejection of and disgust with violence must override any disagreements among us. We are hopeful that Israel’s security forces will keep the promises made this morning to do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice, unlike past incidents in which hate crimes against Palestinians were not solved..We must identify those who are likely to perpetrate such despicable acts., and we must do everything in our power to educate against violence and for honoring God’s Image in every human being. As Rebbe Nahman of Bratzlav taught, “We did not come into this world for strife and argument, nor for hatred, envy, putting others down or bloodshed. We have only come into this world to know You, the Eternal Blessed One.”

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תינוק מת ושלושה פצועים בשריפת תג מחיר בדומא. ראש המנהל האזרחי מדבר בזירה עם זכריא ועיתונאים. מביע צער וקורה לזה אירוע קשה שכוחות יעשו את הכל לפנח.Baby dead and 3 seriously injured in price tag arson in Duma. The Head of the Civil Administration expresses condolences, pledges security forces will do everything possible to catch perpetrators. Zakaria and journalists interviewing.

Posted by Arik Ascherman on Thursday, July 30, 2015

English Follows Hebrew-What we know about the price tag murderב-2:10 לפנות בוקר תושבי כפר דומא הבחינו ברעולי פנים בורחים מבית שמהר מאוד עלה באש. היה ברור להם שהם היו ישראליים, ושר הביטחון כבר כנה את המעשה, מעשה טרור של יהודים. 2 בתים נשרופו-אחד מאוכלס. ממש’ דהבשה נרצח תינוק בן 1.5 שנה נפצעו קשה ההורים באח בן 4. בתאום בין איש השטח שלנו זכריא ובין כוחות הביטחון הפצועיים פונו במוסק לבתי חולים ישראליים. כתובות על הקיר הם “נקמה” עם מגן דוד, ו”יהי מלך המשיח” עם כתר. כפי שרואים בודיאו השני של זכריא בקיר שלי, ראש המנהלה האזרחי הגיע, הביעה צער עמוק עלה “אירוע הקשה” ואמר שכוחות הביטחון יעשו את הכל לפנח. כוחות הביטחון כן היו ערים שהיה סיכוי של אלימות. אתמול זכריא ואני פעלו להסיר מחסומים שסגרו כביש האווארה-ג’ית לתנועה פלסטינית “למנוע חיכוך”, (זאת אומרת להעניש את הקורבן). להיות הוגן, דומא נמצא באזור עמק שלה בו יש הרבה אלימות, אבל רחוק מבית אל ולאו דווקא המקום הראשון לצפות תג מחיר. הגישה לבתים הוא דרך כביש עפר מכביש הראשי. At approximately 2:10 am residents of Duma saw masked people fleeing a home, that quickly went up in flames.It was clear to them that these were Israelis, and our Defense Minister has already called this an act of terror perpetrated by Jews. One home had people in it. The victims were the Dehabshe family. A 1.5 year old boy was murdered. The parents and a 4 year old brother were seriously injured. Our Palestinian field worker Zakaria was one of the first to arrive on the scene, and helped coordinate helicopter evactuation of the injured to Israeli hospitals.The graffiti reads “Revenge”, with a Jewish Star, and “Long live the King Messiah,” with a crown. As you can see on Zakaria’s other video on my wall, the Head of the Civil Administration arrived. He expressed deep sorrow, condolences and speedy recovery for this “terrible act,” and said security forces would do everything in their power to bring the perpetrators to justice. Yesterday Zakaria and I were working to remove roadblocks not allowing Palestinians to travel on the Hawara-Jit road, in order to prevent confrontations. This was punishing the victims, but showed that security forces were trying to deal with the possibility of violence. To be fair, Duma is located not far from the Shilo Valley area, where there is a lot of violence. However, it is off the beaten path a bit, and not anywhere near Beit El. The approach to the homes from the main road is a dirt path.

Posted by Arik Ascherman on Thursday, July 30, 2015

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