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PLO: Israel government 'fully responsible' for toddler's death

July 31, 2015 10:16 A.M. (Updated: July 31, 2015 2:10 P.M.)
A Palestinian home targeted in an arson attack carried out by suspected Israeli settlers on July 31, 2015 in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- The PLO holds the Israeli government "fully responsible" for the death of a toddler in an arson attack carried out Friday by suspected Israeli settlers in the occupied West Bank, an official said.

"We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the brutal assassination of the toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha," PLO official Saeb Erekat said in a statement.

"This is a direct consequence of decades of impunity given by the Israeli government to settler terrorism."

"We cannot separate the barbaric attack that took place in Duma last night from the recent settlement approvals by the Israeli government, a government which represents an Israeli national coalition for settlements and Apartheid," he added.

The senior PLO official said Israel had "paved the road" for the brutal attack by creating a culture of hate and impunity.

Since 2004, over 11,000 settler attacks have taken place against Palestinian homes, cars, churches, mosques, trees and others with full impunity, the statement said.

Presidential spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeineh also condemned the toddler's killing, saying the attack would not have happened if the Israeli government did not insist on protecting settlers and expanding illegal settlements.

He declared that the members of the Palestinian leadership will be holding an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the "dangerous conditions" that Palestine is going through as a result of attacks by Israeli settlers, as well as raids of the Al-Aqsa mosque and other continuous Israeli "provocations" against Palestinians.

Israeli settlers smashed the windows of two homes in the Palestinian village of Duma near Nablus before throwing flammable liquids and Molotov cocktails inside, a local resident told Ma'an.

Ali Saad Dawabsha, one-and-a-half years old, was trapped inside the house and died shortly after sustaining serious burns, said Ghassan Daghlas, a local official who monitors settlement activity in the northern West Bank.

His mother and father, Riham and Saad, and their son Ahmad, four, also sustained serious burns and were evacuated to a nearby hospital, Daghlas said, adding that their home was left completely burned.

The Israeli settlers from nearby settlements also attacked and partially burned the home belonging to Maamoon Rashid Dawabsha, spraying racist graffiti in Hebrew across both homes.

Over 500,000 Israelis live in Jewish-only settlements across occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank in violation of international law, with recent announcements of settlement expansion provoking condemnation from the international community.

A Palestinian home targeted in an arson attack carried out by suspected Israeli settlers on July 31, 2015 in the occupied West Bank. (AFP/Jaafar Ashtiyeh)
Legal Eagle / Australia
The true face of Zionism shown in all its brutal hatred yet again - and yet again, NOTHING is done.
31/07/2015 11:20
jake / bolivia
The Israeli police and army have mounted a wide manhunt for the perpetrators of the arson attack that killed a Palestinian baby. They are conducting raids in temporary settlements in the northern West Bank. Netanyahu condemned the atrocious crime, vowing,”We will not rest until the perpetrators are caught and brought to justice’’.
31/07/2015 11:21
Joe Fattal / USA
Those settlers represent the Israeli government regardless if Mr. Netanyahu condemn this act of violence as a terrorist act. The same group of Right-Wing Jewish groups enter Aqsa Mosque and disturb the worshipers escorted by the Israeli forces.
31/07/2015 15:31
Joe Fattal / USA
Cont...that also should be condemn as an act of terrorism. The Israeli government should be accountable for this crime beside the three hoodlums that commited such a horrific crime.
31/07/2015 15:36
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