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Palestinian baby burned to death in West Bank arson attack

Photos by Ahmad Al-Bazz, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org

A one-and-a-half year old Palestinian baby was burned to death Friday morning in the West Bank village of Duma in an attack on his family’s home allegedly by Israeli settlers.

Relatives of Ali Saad Daobasa, the Palestinian baby who was killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers, are seen in the Daobasa family home, just hours after the attack, July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz.)

Relatives of Ali Saad Dawabsha, the Palestinian baby who was killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers, are seen in the Daobasa family home, just hours after the attack, Douma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz.)

According to reports, two masked men arrived at two homes in Duma, near Nablus. They spray painted the words “revenge” and “long live the Messiah” in Hebrew, broke the windows of the homes and threw two firebombs inside. The attack killed Ali Saad Dawabsha, and wounded both his parents and four-year-old brother.

According to Ma’an News Agency, the homes were located near the main entrance to the village and the settlers were able to flee the scene quickly before residents identified them.

A relatives of Ali Saad Daobasa, the Palestinian baby who was killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers, are seen in the Daobasa family home, just hours after the attack, July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz.)

A relatives of Ali Saad Dawabsha, the Palestinian baby who was killed in an arson attack by Israeli settlers, are seen in the Daobasa family home, just hours after the attack, Douma, West Bank July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz.)

Dozens of villagers from Duma rushed to help rescue the two families from their burning homes, witnesses said. The family members were evacuated to a hospital in Nablus in the West Bank before being taken to the burn unit at Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer.

Palestinian relatives of 1.5-year-old Ali Saad Daobasa stand outside the family home that was attacked by Israeli settlers overnight. The graffiti reads: 'Long live the Messiah,' July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Palestinian relatives of 1.5-year-old Ali Saad Dawabsha stand outside the family home that was attacked by Israeli settlers overnight. The graffiti reads: ‘Long live the Messiah,’ Douma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, Israeli settlers have carried out at least 120 attacks on Palestinians in East Jerusalem and the West Bank since the start of 2015.

Photographs of Ali Saad Daobasa, the Palestinian baby in an overnight arson attack, are laid out on the floor of his family home, Douma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Photographs of Ali Saad Dawabsha, the Palestinian baby in an overnight arson attack, are laid out on the floor of his family home, Douma, West Bank, July 31, 2015. (photo: Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

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    1. phil

      Suprised Pedro or Gustav haven’t been on to post some excuse for yet another act of terrorism against the occupied Palestinian people

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      • Pedro X

        Today is a sad, dark day involving an apparent price tag attack and the death of an innocent child. The terrorists chose to harm innocent people in response to Israel’s demolition of buildings in Bet El in accordance with an Israeli court order. It was an act of terror.

        There is no excuse for this crime. As Prime Minister Netanyahu has stated, Israel will hunt down the perpetrators. The Israeli people, including those living in Judea and Samaria, have condemned this crime.

        Hamas is calling for revenge, saying every Israeli is a target. A suspected Palestinian terrorist already has carried out a drive-by shooting attack on an Israeli vehicle on Friday in the Binyamin region near Kochav Hashahar. The Palestinian terrorist pumped three bullets into an Israeli car. The PA has said it will not prevent Hamas demonstrations. So one can expect more violence, injury and death.

        Yesterday the border police in Hebron saved the life of a Palestinian child experiencing acute respiratory distress. Last November the Border police in Hebron brought back to life a Palestinian boy who had been electrocuted and was not breathing. Israeli hospitals treat over 100,000 Palestinians in their hospitals each year. Yet sites like 972mag will not publish news and photographs about such acts by Israelis.

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        • Gustav

          A disgusting insinuation by Phil that I condone such atrocities. This is my second attempt to post a response, my first post was not published. I know not why.

          I condemn this criminal act in the strongest possible terms.

          I also condemn the many similar criminal acts committed against us in the past by Palestinian terrorists.

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        • Afroza

          And I’m sure that there are many instances in which Palestinians have helped Israelis, but that doesn’t get published either, does it? That’s because that’s not the type of ‘news’ that companies want to broadcast. While I’m against the selective filtering process in the publishing system, I see some point in that. Goodness should come naturally, it’s evil that needs to be highlighted so that people can uprise to fight against it.

          Honestly, we should just accept that terrorism is never justified, not even in the name of ‘justice’; why should the innocent suffer for the disputes between extremists?

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        • Ben

          Yes even Pedro X is singing from the same hymn sheet Natasha Roth describes this morning, yet as Roth explains: “all are big on condemnation, but most utterly fail to acknowledge the endemic nature of settler violence.” So rather than admit that and own up to it one talks prettily of how sweet the occupiers are. What noblesse oblige. So that the basic duty of an occupier, to ensure basic medical needs of the occupied population, becomes a narcissistic tale of how noble and charitable the occupier is. And will Pedro X ever post all the many times soldiers at checkpoints callously deny Palestinians access to urgent care? Did 18-year-old Muhammad Abu Latifa and 17-year-old Muhammed Kosba get great medical care too?

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          • Gustav

            BEN:”but most utterly fail to acknowledge the endemic nature of settler violence.”

            Yes, Benny, only the settlers are violent. The Arabs are peace loving, right?

            Just give it a rest already. The Arabs have been violent towards us since about 100 years ago, non stop, even before there was occupation. And yes, we therefore too have been violent.

            But once again, this kind of violence I just won’t condone. Unlike many Palestinians who celebrate the murder of Jews, even Jewish babies, by handing out sweets in the streets.

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          • Pedro X

            For every act of violence or damage to property by an Israeli in Judea and Samaria against an Arab, there are 30 Arab attacks against Israelis.

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        • Ruhul Ahmed

          They won’t go anywhere thier going to Allah,and Allah will make sure they burn in hell!!!!!

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      • Electric Avenue

        Phil, what a sickening cynical way to exploit a tragedy

        Now be a man and apologize.

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        • Gustav

          Thanks EA but I don’t need an apology from Phil. I have no respect for him. Whenever he posts he is dripping hatred and venom against Israel and those who support us. He is behaving true to form.

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          • Weis

            Your Venom is on display here on a daily basis…

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          • Gustav

            You mean my venom against the venom of people like you and Phil, Weiss? Yes, you are right!

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        • Ben

          ‘Ah yes, what a “tragedy”–there’s nothing we could have done about it.’ <== This statement by 'Electric Avenue' is the epitome of cynical exploitation.

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          • Electric Avenue

            Ben, I said nothing of the sort. What purpose does it serve to put words in my mouth?

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          • Gustav

            @EA

            Please don’t expect better from Benny. He is a hateful one eyed ideologue who gets his daily fix by posting his ‘Jew Baiting’, oops I mean ‘Israeli Jew baiting’ regularly on this site. Give him some quarter, the poor little sod has no other joy in his grey little life. He is not alone. There are many others who just cannot shed their old hatred for us.

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          • Ben

            What an appalling, nasty thing to say. A nice little firebomb. You’re unscrupulous. Anything is permitted. You know not what you’re doing but you’ve unwittingly absorbed in some significant way the ethos of the settler-right.

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          • Gustav

            Which bit of what I said about you is untrue, Benny?

            …you certainly are hateful and one eyed.

            …you certainly are always against us Israelis. Not once do you criticize Palestinian Arabs.

            …you are not alone nor is it a new phenomenon in history. This is the face of modern antisemitism. Since the Holocaust, open hatred of Jews is no longer in vogue in polite society. It has been replaced by hatred of Israel. The new antisemitism is hatred of Israel beyond reason. Emphasis: BEYOND REASON. Nothing wrong with criticizm but constant one sided exaggerated criticizm ignoring all context and ignoring every evil that our enemies commit against us is pure hatred, Benny. At least don’t lie to yourself!!!

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          • Ben

            Blah blah blah. The usual slander. You can always tell when you guys are losing the argument. Out come the ad hominem attacks, like a metaphorical knife from your coat and you start slashing. You positively reek of self-righteousness. And you’re very offensive.

            To answer the tattered remnants of the 5% substantive portion of your post, does the evil others commit justify the occupation? No it does not. Noam Sheizaf in one single article dismantles the justifications and rationales of 95% of your repetitious, self-righteous right wing posts on these pages ==>

            http://972mag.com/no-way-to-defeat-jewish-terrorism-without-ending-the-occupation/109613/

            It’s quite a thorough demolition. David Harris Gershon (“Four things every Israeli needs to know about Jewish BDS activists”) dismantled the other 5%. Is Noam Sheizaf beyond reason?

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          • Gustav

            I just love your protestations, Benny.

            You rule by decree. You assert that I lost the argument yet you refuse to refute a single argument of mine by anything resembling facts and logic. Good luck with that, but you fool no one except yourself.

            Again. All you do in here is engage in one sided demonization of Israel. Never once do you look at context or the evil deeds which Palestinian Arabs have been guilty of against us.

            Ya wanna be right? Point at a single post of yours which vilifies a terrorist act by Palestinian Arabs against us the same way in which you vilify us. Just one post Benny. Is that too much to ask? Is that an ad hominem attack against you?

            But in reality, I should ask for more than one such post because the Palestinian Arabs are not exactly blameless victims in this conflict. Go on, tell me again that I am wrong, Benny…???!!!

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      • Weiss

        It’s appears as though some of my fellow Jewish tribe members are more upset that this act of terror by a Jew might make the tribe look bad, when in fact, systemic racism within Israeli society permeates through to the very top of the leadership, as demonstrated by this heinous act of terror.

        The signals are subtle and calculated.

        It is time for the Jewish tribe to embrace a collective psychiatrist to deal with the enduring PTSD from the Holocaust, because the way I see it….

        The persecuted have become the persecutors.

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        • Gustav

          WEISS:”It’s appears as though some of my fellow Jewish tribe members are more upset that this act of terror by a Jew might make the tribe look bad, when in fact, systemic racism within Israeli society”

          See what I mean Weiss? YOUR venom and LIES.

          Is there racism here? Yes there is. As there is everywhere else where humanity exists. Including amongst your Arabs.

          Is there systemic racism here? No. But there IS war. A war which we don’t want but which is forced on us. And war is ugly!

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        • Electric Avenue

          Weiss, that first sentence of yours is a mighty strong accusation. Can you please point me to where I can see any evidence of this? Everything I have come across portrays the exact opposite.
          Thanks in advance.

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    2. Hafsa

      I feel so bad for Palestinian people even tho I’m not Palestinian
      My Allah help them inshallah
      & Israel you u think what u doing is right huh?you are loser

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    3. Ben

      Chaim Levinson, Haaretz:

      “The torching of a house in the West Bank on Friday morning, in which a Palestinian infant was killed, caught no one in the defense establishment by surprise. For two years, the police and Shin Bet security service have identified a pattern of predawn attempts to set Palestinian houses on fire, with the intent of burning it along with its inhabitants.

      The first incident occurred in November of 2013 in the village of Sinjil. A house along route 60, the main transportation artery in the West Bank, was set on fire and sprayed with graffiti. By pure chance, a mother who had just woken up to nurse her baby noticed the flames and alerted people in the house, allowing them to escape harm. On two other occasions it was only luck that saved families from being burned alive. This happened in 2014 in Hawara and South Hebron Hills, when several houses were torched in pre-dawn attacks.

      None of these incidents led to any prosecutions….”

      None of these incidents led to any prosecutions.

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    4. Ben

      “Charges were filed on Thursday against Moshe Orbach, a right-wing extremist. Orbach is suspected of composing a document that details methods for committing “Price Tag” attacks….

      Orbach devotes an entire chapter to torching houses, which he ranks as the most violent option for a “price tag” attack.

      “Sometimes we’re fed up with only destroying property and we want to deliver a blow that will clarify to the accursed that if we could we would…. So we simply want to torch a house and its inhabitants” writes Orbach. He explains that “this is an attempt to murder, considered much more gravely by the Zionists.” He says that this is work for professionals “with experience” (written with spelling mistakes in Hebrew). He recommends using a bottle filled with a gasoline-soaked rag (a firebomb), as was the case early Friday morning. He recommends placing burning tires outside the front door, to prevent anyone from escaping.

      The assessment is that Friday morning’s arson in the village of Douma was carried out by a group of people who knew what they were doing. The building selected had only one storey; it wasn’t a multi-storied one in which people usually sleep on the upper floors. The house was on the outskirts of the village, with other houses nearby. The bottle thrown into the house immediately ignited the bedroom, killing 18-month-old Ali Saad Daobasa and severely wounding his 4-year-old brother and parents.

      The Daobasa family had no time to react before the perpetrators fled the scene.”

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      • Gustav

        Interesting… compare and contrast…

        I wonder if charges were ever filed by Palestinian Arab courts against inciters to murder and actual murderers of Jewish Israeli babies?

        Nah, of course not. Abu Mazen, the “peace maker” is too busy naming streets after them, unveiling memorials for them, giving them and their relatives stipends for life, and insisting that Israel should release terrorists with blood on their hands from Israeli jails. In exchange for pretend negotiations!

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