The burning of a Palestinian child: not an exception, but a result of Zionism

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Overnight on Friday, 31 July, a group of masked Jewish settlers threw firebombs through a window of the Dawabsha family house in Kufr Douma, near Nablus. They fell in the bedroom where the whole family had been sleeping peacefully, setting the house on fire. The arsonists left graffiti, reading “revenge” and “long live the Messiah”, alongside a Star of David on the walls as their footnotes to this atrocious attack. They then fled, according to local witnesses, to the illegal settlement of Ma’aleh Ephraim, where approximately 1,800 armed settlers live under the security of the Israeli occupation forces.

18-month-old Ali Dawabsha was found a charred body. The rest of the family, Ali’s parents and his four-year-old brother, survived the fire with critical injuries. The aftermath inside the house is horrifying: utter destruction and black walls, burnt clothes and photos of the family laid on the ground, among them Ali’s smiling photos and his tiny white bib reading “Good morning Mama”.

This Israeli attack is another crime in the never-ending Nakba the Palestinian people have endured since Zionism’s inception. Ali is another Mohammed Abu Khudeir, who was burnt alive by a group of settlers in Jerusalem on 2 July 2014. He is another Palestinian child falling prey to the Israeli murder machine, as Palestinians commemorate the first anniversary of Israel’s 51-day offensive on Gaza, which it called ‘Operation Protective Edge’, during the summer of 2014. Over 2,200 people were brutally killed, mostly civilians, including 551 children.

This morning Israeli leaders rushed to feign humanity and condemn the arson, calling it a “terror attack”. The Times of Israel reported that Natanyahu expressed his “shock” at what he called a “horrific, heinous act”, before saying, “The State of Israel deals forcefully with terror, regardless of who the perpetrators are.” It also reported that Netanyahu’s remarks were echoed by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and the Israeli Defense Forces. At the same time, heavily armed Israeli forces spread across the West Bank to employ collective-punishment policies against Palestinians and prevent any rage from being expressed. As I write this, several injuries to Palestinians were reported after Ali Dawabsha’s funeral.  Update at 11 pm: One of the injured people, 17-year-old Laith al-Khaldi just passed away.

As a Palestinian who is well-informed about the history of bloodshed and dispossession inflected on Palestinians who collectively bear the trauma of our encounter with Zionism, and one who carries the memories of many brutal Israeli attacks on Gaza, this claimed “shock” didn’t hit me. It rather outraged me at Israel’s crocodile tears and pretentious humanitarianism, despite its brutal military occupation of West Bank, the continued expansion of its illegal settlements, the suffocating siege of the Gaza Strip that remains in ruins after Israel’s genocidal war last summer, and its ongoing assertion of itself as a “Jewish state”, not a state for its citizens, as it discriminates against 1948 Palestinian citizens of Israel, or what its leaders call a “potential fifth column”.

The world should not look at today’s appalling incident as a singular event. It is another link in the Zionist settler-colonial mentality which always sees Palestinians as an existential threat, dehumanises us and constantly views us as inferior and marginal. Israel cannot absolve its responsible for these settlers’ acts, nor pretend they don’t represent its own warped morality.

Israel is the one to blame, not only because it encourages illegal settlements to expand, arms settlers with advanced weapons and further protects them with its “defence” forces, but also because these actions are an extension of the longstanding Zionist enterprise that, as much as it sought to dehumanise Palestinians, in return dehumanised Israeli society. This is evident in the Israeli cultural discourse, which celebrates Israel and portrays it as a “heroic,” while ignoring the political and humanitarian costs “others” endure due to its “successes”. The persistent portrayal of Jews as “victims,” facing “hostile” and “terrorist” Palestinians, also feeds this mentality. Even Israeli children’s books are exploited to demonise Palestinians and portray Jews as victims against terrorist “Arabs”.

Today’s attack cannot be decontextualized. It is deeply connected to Israel’s celebrated “War of Independence,” which declared Israel as a Jewish state after a systematic process of ethnic cleansing that ranged between massacres, like that of Deir Yassin, to psychological violence, and made almost a million Palestinians refugees. These acts of terror reproduce the same mentality that led to the Kafr Kassim massacre of 1956, whose perpetrators were pardoned and freed after a year. An Israeli border police unit, for no reason whatsoever, opened fire at Palestinians returning from their farms, unaware of the new military curfew imposed on their village. The gunfire killed 49, almost half of them children. It is also the same mentality that led to the second mass expulsion of Palestinians in 1967.

According to an Israeli soldier whose testimony appeared in Haolam Haze, 10 October 1967:

We fired such shots every night on men, women and children. Even during moonlit nights when we could identify the people, that is distinguish between men, women, and children. In the mornings we searched the area and, by explicit order from the officer on the spot, shot the living, including those who hid or were wounded, again including the women and children.

And again, it is the same attitude that blames Palestinian civilians in Gaza for the collective punishment against them and periodic attacks that are, by Israel’s own dehumanising description, nothing more than “mowing the lawn” . The last Gaza attack was only the latest episode in this ongoing war of alleged “self-defence”.

The arson attack should be seen within this context of the Zionist state’s history of negating Palestinians and relentless attacks against our very existence. Most international media covered it as “unique” before emphasising Israeli leaders’ condemnation of it, suggesting that it was not representative of the state. It is absolutely representative and should be received with outrage, not against setters’ violence, but against their host regime that has been built and lives on terror, yet continues to be celebrated in the West’s political and cultural discourse, feeding its impunity. We should demand not just denunciation of this atrocious attack against 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha, but delegitimization of Israel and its Zionist ideology that produces and endorses such violence, and has long justified it morally and politically.

This post first appeared on Shahd Abusalama’s site, Palestine from my eyes.

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Shahd Abusalama, 21, is a Palestinian artist, a blogger and an English literature student living in Gaza City, Palestine.

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  1. just
    August 1, 2015, 1:44 pm

    Of course you are correct, Shahd Abusalama.

    I cannot find a single point on which I disagree. I think this particular horrific terrorist event caught the attention of many because it came on the heels of the knife attack at the Pride parade the day before. Yeah, ok. Now what? If a single rocket were to be launched today by any group, the MSM would have a feeding frenzy. But thus far, I’ve not heard any mention on the teevee about the aftermath of the terrorism in Douma~ the pogrom conducted by the IOF, their compadres, and illegal squatters~ against the Palestinian people. An all- out assault that has resulted in murders and the wounding of many. So it continues apace~ from even before 1948 til now and it is Israel’s, with the West’s mighty help, fault. This has never been about Israeli self- defense. That’s one of the biggest lies ever told and believed.

    This bears repeating right here on your fine article:

    “This morning, in Haaretz:

    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. Although this term has become short-hand for hate crimes in Israel, Jewish extremists originally used it to describe vandalism and violence that targeted Israelis as well as Palestinians and was aimed at preventing or avenging evacuations of West Bank settlers.
    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.”

    – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/recent-comments#sthash.qt4BFYja.dpuf

    Thank you, Shahd.

    Stay safe.

  2. Citizen
    August 1, 2015, 1:55 pm

    US candidates for next POTUS would not touch this issue with a 10 foot pole. Neither would the WH. Very depressing, I am ashamed to be an American in this context. I think a Jewish American should feel, think the same.

  3. Kris
    August 1, 2015, 2:23 pm

    This is an outstanding essay, absolutely excellent! Thank you, Ms. Abusalama, and thank you, mondoweiss.

    It is past time to take the blinders off:

    Israel is the one to blame, not only because it encourages illegal settlements to expand, arms settlers with advanced weapons and further protects them with its “defence” forces, but also because these actions are an extension of the longstanding Zionist enterprise that, as much as it sought to dehumanise Palestinians, in return dehumanised Israeli society.

  4. Kay24
    August 1, 2015, 2:50 pm

    From George Holloway. He is absolutely right – there is more outrage about Cecil the Lion than this poor little angel who was killed in a very barbaric attack by Jewish Terrorists. Apparently George Galloway is running for Mayor of London and will make the Palestinian issue a priority.
    The occupiers are not going to like it. I am sure they will bankroll his opponents.

    “George Galloway has claimed the media will pay more attention to the death of a lion than a Palestinian infant who was killed in an arson attack in a series of angry tweets declaring “blood is cheap in Palestine”.

    The outspoken leader of the Respect Party criticised the media and warned it would prioritise Cecil the lion’s death over the death of baby Ali Saad Dawabsha in the West Bank village of Duma.”

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/george-gallohttp://blog.kpmg.ch/stark-geforderte-ceo-weltweit-wie-auch-in-der-schweiz/?gclid=CLu-to_5h8cCFcGRHwodh9ID_wway-warns-blood-is-cheap-in-palestine-and-claims-media-will-cover-cecil-the-lion-more-than-palestinian-toddler-burnt-alive-10430701.html

    • just
      August 1, 2015, 2:53 pm

      +1, Kay24!

      You said the same thing yesterday~ perhaps Galloway read your comment here!

      Go George!

      • Annie Robbins
        August 1, 2015, 3:01 pm

        i’ve been reading it on twitter too. it’s true! and from the blacklivesmatter movement ‘people care more about the death of an african lion than the death of an african american’.

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 6:00 pm

        Thanks Just! You do have an excellent memory. I sometimes cannot remember what I ate yesterday. Heh.

        George Galloway has been always openly criticized the crimes of Israel and is brave, unlike others, to challenge the apartheid policies of the zionist. I hope he is elected Mayor of London, although perhaps some might be turned off by his outspokenness. He has been a champion for the plight of the Palestinians. I wish there were more of his kind.

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 6:07 pm

        Annie, Cecil’s unfortunate ending has been covered non stop even today, with updates.

        Baby Ali’s terrible murder and the progress of his parents are never mentioned. It is a shame that in our country that we have such obvious pro zionist stance in the media. They have no integrity in their profession.

    • MHughes976
      August 1, 2015, 3:58 pm

      The current ‘front-runner’ for Labour Party leadership, Jeremy Corbyn, has long advocated the Palestinian cause, for which of course I admire him though I’m not a socialist and don’t share his economic outlook. If he is elected he will face a coup from the Blairites and I’m sure that accusations of anti-Semitism will play their dire part. I suspect that the coup will succeed but that the Palestine issue will be brought into our mainstream more than before.

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 9:54 pm

        I hope so. Unfortunately it is only a handful of leaders who have the spine to speak up this way.
        At least it is better in the UK. I have watched some great speeches in the British parliament, condemning the apartheid policies of Israel. Something we will NEVER see in Congress.
        ;

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        August 2, 2015, 5:14 am

        They’re already doing it. The moment Corbyn announced his candidacy, we had the usual suspects chiming in about his ‘anti-semitism’ and ”support for terrorist organisations’. None of these people, of course, would ever dare complain that so many high ranking politicians are card carrying ”Friends of Israel”, or ask what influence this has on British politics.

        So far, at least, these smear attempts don’t appear to be having any impact. But I agree with you that the gloves will come off if or when – I hope when – Corbyn wins the leadership contest.

      • just
        August 2, 2015, 4:39 pm

        Asa Winstanley has an article up @ EI:

        “Jeremy Corbyn backs boycott of Israeli universities involved in arms research

        Jeremy Corbyn, the surprise frontrunner in the leadership election for the UK Labour Party, says he would impose a two-way arms embargo on Israel if he were to become prime minister in 2020.

        In an interview with The Electronic Intifada, the member of parliament for Islington, in central London, endorsed key elements of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

        Corbyn is a patron of the Palestine Solidarity Campaign and is well known as an active supporter of Palestinian rights.

        He told The Electronic Intifada his involvement in the movement took off after he entered parliament in 1983. He has visited Palestine nine times, as well as refugee camps in Lebanon and Syria.

        Corbyn emphasized that the Palestinian right to return was “the key” to a solution.

        He added that Israeli universities involved in arms research should be boycotted.

        Corbyn, whose grassroots popularity has caused panic in the Labour establishment, said he would scrap the government’s controversial “anti-terror” strategy Prevent. Critics point to its frequent targeting of British Muslims for legitimate speech acts.

        Arms embargo
        “I think we have to push robustly for the limitation of arms supplies,” Corbyn said, adding that he believed Israel to be “in breach” of the human rights clauses of the EU-Israel trade agreement.

        “Israel is after all facing an investigation … for war crimes, as indeed are the Hamas forces on a much different or lesser scale,” Corbyn said. “I think we should be very cautious about supplying arms in those circumstances.”…”

        Heaps more @ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/jeremy-corbyn-backs-boycott-israeli-universities-involved-arms-research

        Good stuff! Good luck to Jeremy Corbyn and his supporters! He’s certainly got an impressive resume.

  5. Shmuel
    August 1, 2015, 3:30 pm

    Thank you Shahd.

    It is another link in the Zionist settler-colonial mentality which always sees Palestinians as an existential threat, dehumanises us and constantly views us as inferior and marginal.

    It may seem almost trivial to some, but there is a direct connection between disregard for Palestinian property and disregard for Palestinian lives. If Palestinian land can be stolen with impunity, Palestinians cease to be legal subjects, and their very lives become forfeit. When much of the Israeli government (including the minister of “justice”!) denies Palestinian rights to property (even by Israel’s own, corrupt and immoral laws) in the vicinity of the settlement of Beit El — tragically, it comes as no surprise when Palestinians are denied even the right to life.

    • bintbiba
      August 2, 2015, 6:31 am

      Shmuel, Thank you once more, as ever !

      Words fail….
      The heart is numb with anguish at the cruelty inflicted on one family , among so many others!
      ….. yet the anger, revulsion and outrage transfer to the spirit that will never wither and genuflect !

      @ Shahd AbuSalama

      “…..these actions are an extension of the longstanding Zionist enterprise that, as much as it sought to dehumanise Palestinians, in return dehumanised Israeli society. This is evident in the Israeli cultural discourse, which celebrates Israel and portrays it as a “heroic,” while ignoring the political and humanitarian costs “others” endure due to its “successes” ……

      Shahd, Beautiful Shahd…

      Keep on writing , Please, you do it so well
      Thank you.

  6. just
    August 1, 2015, 3:58 pm

    Rania Khalek:

    “Israeli leaders lit the match that burned baby Ali Dawabsha

    … Burning children, from Gaza to Duma
    The attackers spray-painted a Star of David and the Hebrew words for “Revenge” and “Long live the Messiah King” on the walls of a neighoring house which they also burned – no one was injured in it – leaving no confusion about their motive.

    Similar nationalist and racist graffiti was found on the walls of homes occupied by Israeli soldiers in Gaza during last summer’s military assault.

    This is just one of many reasons the award for most disingenuous posturing goes to the Israeli army, which issued statements condemning “this barbaric act of terrorism” and vowing to intensify efforts “to locate those responsible.”

    The notion that the same Israeli army that protects and allows settlers to harass and attack Palestinians with impunity is going to hold the Dawabshas’ attackers accountable is far fetched.

    This is also the army that completely destroyed or severely damaged more than 25,000 homes in Gaza last summer, wiping out entire families sheltered inside, “including nineteen babies and 108 preschoolers between the ages of 1 and 5,” according to an AP investigation.

    The only thing that separates the Israeli soldiers responsible for those killings from the settlers who burned baby Ali is a uniform and explicit orders from the state.

    Less than 24 hours since vowing to bring the killers to justice, the Israeli army has shot dead two Palestinian teens – Muhammad Hamid al-Masri in Gaza, and 17-year-old Laith al-Khaldi in the West Bank – while the killers of baby Ali remain at large. …

    … Killings babies permitted
    Eli Ben-Dahan, the settler rabbi in occupied East Jerusalem who decreed that “[Palestinians] are beasts, they are not human,” is Israel’s recently appointed deputy defense minister.

    He is now in charge of the “Civil Administration,” the name Israel gives to the military body that rules Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

    It is no accident that clerics like Ben-Dahan have been largely silent about baby Ali. After all, they inspire an extreme messianic, eliminationist version of Judaism that drives settler violence.

    Two of the most notorious are Yitzhak Shapira and Yosef Elitzur, who in 2009 co-wrote Torat Hamelech (The King’s Torah), a guidebook on when it is permissible to kill non-Jews.

    The authors claim that Jewish law permits “killing babies if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us, and in such a situation they may be harmed deliberately, and not only during combat with adults.”

    Elitzur and Shapira run a hardline yeshiva – Jewish religious school – in the settlement of Yitzhar, home to some of the most violent settlers, not far from the Palestinian village of Duma.

    In July 2014, Dov Lior, a leading West Bank settler rabbi who has endorsed Torat Hamelech, issued his own ruling that the complete “destruction of Gaza” was permissible.

    “At a time of war, the nation under attack is allowed to punish the enemy population with measures it finds suitable, such as blocking supplies or electricity, as well as shelling the entire area … to take crushing deterring steps to exterminate the enemy,” Lior wrote.

    Israeli settlers, who see themselves in a perpetual state of war against an “enemy population,” would certainly take heed of such clerical guidance.

    In February, the Israeli army raided Yitzhar and confiscated weapons that settlers there planned to use against Palestinians, including flammable liquids, tear gas canisters and black face masks.

    Despite the horror expressed by Israel’s most prominent politicians, they have yet to utter a word against the rabbis who incite attacks on Palestinians in the name of their extreme version of Judaism.

    Growing racism
    Meanwhile, this broad ideological spectrum of hate has consequences that extend beyond the settlements.

    A recent report by the Coalition Against Racism in Israel revealed a sharp rise in anti-Arab attacks since 2013, which coincided with racist incitement by Israeli elected officials and decisionmakers during last summer’s attack on Gaza and the February elections.

    Over the last year, the report documented 237 racist attacks, with 192 of them directed at Arabs, up from 113 in 2013.

    This tally excludes settler attacks in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem. The culture of hate and extremism that led to Ali Dawabsha’s slaying is rooted not just in the settlements, but within the very fabric of Israeli political culture, its discriminatory regime and the Zionism that underpins them.

    Politicians that rule a society where Palestinian babies are routinely called a “demographic threat,” and where many joyfully celebrate their slaughter, cannot claim innocence and purport to be “shocked” when settlers burn Palestinian children alive.”

    https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/rania-khalek/israeli-leaders-lit-match-burned-baby-ali-dawabsha

  7. just
    August 1, 2015, 4:08 pm

    “Thousands attend anti-violence protests across Israel

    … A Peace Now rally in Tel Aviv against incitement and violence began at 7:30 p.m. local time at Rabin Square. Demonstrators then headed toward Gan Meir to join up with those marching for LGBT rights — a separate event organized by LGBT and youth groups.

    … Opposition leader Isaac Herzog and Meretz head Zahava Gal-on spoke at the anti-violence rally, reiterating comments they made earlier in the day on their Facebook pages.

    “I came here with a heavy heart following the Jewish pogrom on Friday,” Herzog told the crowd. “Terrorists are terrorists whether they are Jewish or Muslim. The Jewish people are ashamed of the actions by some among us and we have come to ask forgiveness.”

    “If I were the Prime Minister [Benjamin Netanyahu], I wouldn’t simply condemn [the firebomb attack], I would bang my fists on the table and tell our security forces to do everything they can to find [the perpetrators],” Herzog said at the rally.

    “Those who know how to find the murderers of the three Israeli teenagers [abducted and killed last June by a Hamas-affiliated cell in the West Bank], also know how to find those who killed Ali Dawabsha,” he added.

    Gal-on said the perpetrators were nothing short of a “Jewish Daesh,” an acronym used for the terror group the Islamic State.

    “This is not how you fight Jewish terror,” she said, addressing Netanyahu and other right-wing politicians she blamed for creating an atmosphere of incitement against Arabs. “This is not how you fight a Jewish Daesh, with homophobia, with incitement, with racism. Facebook condemnations [of these actions] will not stop the violence.”

    The uncle of the slain Palestinian toddler, Nasser Dawabsha, also spoke at the event, describing the harrowing moments when the family tried to escape their burning house. The uncle said baby Ali’s mother Riham grabbed a blanket she believed contained her baby and only once she was outside did she realize he was not in it, but still inside.

    “They burned a family that was sleeping quietly, a family that does not believe in violence. Netanyahu expressed his condolences but we ask for protection for Duma and for other Palestinian villages. Why was Ali killed? He was 18 months old, what did he do? What did he do to the settlers? We ask that this [incident] mark the end of the suffering of our people. Before this we had Muhammed Abu Khdeir [abducted and burned alive by Jewish extremists as a reprisal attack for the three murdered teens last summer], now Ali, and we don’t know who will be next,” said Dawabsha. …

    … Former president Shimon Peres told the Tel Aviv protesters that “those who incite against Arab citizens of Israel should not be surprised when mosques and churches are set alight or even when a baby is burned alive in the night.”…

    …In Jerusalem, the rally was scheduled for 9 p.m. local time at Zion Square. President Reuven Rivlin was to address the crowd, as well as family members of those injured in the stabbing attack Thursday.

    Similar protests were also taking place in Haifa and Beersheba.”

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/anti-violence-protests-to-be-held-across-israel/

    • Kay24
      August 1, 2015, 6:04 pm

      You have got to wonder why it took so long for those protesting to do so. After all there have been endless killings, kidnapping, arresting, and price tag crimes, going on for years.
      I wonder if they are protesting the LGBT stabbings, or the barbaric killing of a little baby.

      • just
        August 1, 2015, 6:10 pm

        I don’t know, Kay24. I think they’re protesting these 2 exposed incidents in a long history of Israeli terrorism. Only this time, the terrorists didn’t wear GoI uniforms. They’ve been in denial a long, long time.

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 6:18 pm

        Just, any decent human being will be horrified by these senseless killings. There are many good people in Israel, but unfortunately their voices are still. These illegal settlers are terrorists, and have even intimidated their armed forces. It is the fault of the GOI that they have been allowed to resort to such horrible crimes. To think Israel prides itself in their methods of surveillance and are masters of espionage, yet unlike sending precision bombs into vehicles and homes of those they accuse of being Hamas officials, they cannot still find the SOB’s who committed this savage crime. Strange.

      • just
        August 1, 2015, 6:43 pm

        My point was that similar behavior is a- ok if you wear a uniform. It’s state-sanctioned and incited by the highest levels of government and supported by 95% last summer. Where was/is the outrage at the frequent murders by the uniformed forces of Palestinians who pose no threat?

        If you hearken back to last summer’s massacres, the voices in opposition were stilled by the majority who cheered the “most moral army” for their prowess in mowing down human beings. Today those voices are raised again~ I hope that they won’t be stilled ever again.

        “… “Flames have engulfed our country,” President Reuven Rivlin said at the rally in Jerusalem’s Zion Square. “Flames of vuilence, flames of hatred, flames of a false, distorted and twisted beliefs. Flames which permit the shedding of blood, in the name of the Torah, in the name of the law, in the name of morality, in the name of a love for the land of Israel. ”

        “On Friday, I visited the family in Tel Hashomer hospital,” he continued. “I visited, silently, ashamed, ridden with dread for the power of hatred. Ashamed that in a country which has known the murder of Shalhevet Pass, of the Fogel family, of Adele Biton, of Eyal, Gil-ad, Naftali and Muhammad Abu Khdeir, there are still those who do not hesitate to ignite the flames, to burn the flesh of a baby, to increase the hatred and terror.”

        “Citizens of Israel, a Jewish and democratic Israel, democratic and Jewish Israel, needs a wake-up call today,” Rivlin said. “The Israel of the Declaration of Independence, the Israel of the vision of the Prophets, of compassion and mercy, today needs a wake-up call.  We will not be zealots. We will not be bullies. We will not become a state of anarchy.”

        Several thousand people attended the Jerusalem rally. Four Jewish youths were arrested at a police barricade nearby. One was arrested for breaching the barricade and charging toward the crowd. Two others were arrested for attacking police. The fourth youth was arrested for trying to free the others. One border policeman was hurt in the incident. Two additional Jewish youths were detained after screaming slogans against the rally near a police barricade.”
        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.668933

        We shall see if a change is gonna come. It certainly doesn’t look as though the IOF is behaving differently at all.

        Interesting that there have been none of the regular calls for “calm”… And where’s Netanyahu??? Not that I miss him, but still.

      • Kay24
        August 1, 2015, 6:53 pm

        Could it be the beginning of the Jewish spring? Nah, not likely. :))

      • just
        August 1, 2015, 7:42 pm

        Gotta have hope.

      • just
        August 1, 2015, 10:22 pm

        Looks like Gideon Levy is on a similar wavelength that I am/ was @ ca. 1800:

        “Racist Attacks Stem From a Jewish Principle
        It’s simply not possible to cheer for the brigade commander who shoots a Palestinian teenager, and then be shocked by settlers who set a family on fire.

        Israelis stab gay people and burn children. There isn’t a shred of slander, the slightest degree of exaggeration, in this dry description. True, these are the actions of a few. True, too, that their numbers are increasing. It’s true that all of them – all the murderers, everyone who torches, who stabs, who uproots trees – are from the same political camp. …”

        read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669005?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        August 2, 2015, 5:20 am

        “There are many good people in Israel, but unfortunately their voices are still.”

        Are there? Well over 90% of Israelis supported last summer’s Gaza massacre, just as they have supported every single of the many wars in the history of the Jewish state. Many – including the hypocrite Isaac Herzog, who is addressing this ‘rally’ – thought that the IDF wasn’t ‘tough enough’ on Gaza. The Israeli population has, at the very least, tacitly approved of the siege of Gaza and of the occupation. There has never, ever been a genuine pro-justice for Palestine party which has got more than a very small proportion of votes. And after enjoying the most cost-free years of occupation in Israel’s history, the population turned around and voted in the most openly racist, far-right government ever.

        So I’m sorry, I just cant’ share your view that there is a silent majority of ‘good people’ in Israel. If anything, the opposite is true.

      • Kay24
        August 2, 2015, 10:07 pm

        MDM I did not mean the majority I just meant that there are good people, like those who work for BTselem, then the folks who once organized an outing for Palestinians to go to the beach (sometime ago) and those who believe in a 2SS, yes they are the minority, and their voices will always be drowned by the meaner ones.

  8. a blah chick
    August 1, 2015, 4:42 pm

    Annie Robbins August 1, 2015, 3:01 pm
    i’ve been reading it on twitter too. it’s true! and from the blacklivesmatter movement ‘people care more about the death of an african lion than the death of an african american’.

    Did you see the picture of the guy who dressed up in a lion costume to make this point?

  9. yonah fredman
    August 2, 2015, 4:55 am

    There is no question that the Zionist enterprise brought violence to the Palestinians and to view anything since November of 1947 outside of that context is superficial.
    (Some may think that my exclusion of events prior to November of 1947 is superficial.)
    It is simple to negate Zionism, but it is not simple to turn the clock back to November of 1947. Can a person love a place? Certainly. And I love Jerusalem and have only known that it is called Al Quds much more recently than my love of Jerusalem.
    Soldiers and weapons are everywhere and resentment and turmoil are in many eyes. This does not increase my love of the city. It is not a fact that I can envision tackling head on. Where would I begin?
    In Israeli society there used to be a dividing line between those Jews who were prepared to withdraw from the West Bank and those Jews who saw the West Bank as a value within itself. But in the meantime the facts on the ground created a two tier society or anti society in the West Bank which created a specific continuity or context to the previous situation from 48 to 67. All told acts of violence by the state against Gaza, plus the two tier anti society of the west bank, plus the concept of a “demographic problem” revealed the violence against the refugees of 48 to be part of a singular concept, which is not a workable concept.

    The desire to fix 67 and ignore 48 had (even has) its value in terms of practicality. But 67 was unfixed and remains unfixed and it all adds up to ugliness.

    If I were president Obama how would i react to this? I wouldn’t. I would realize that the Palestinian versus Zionist struggle is not going to be solved in the next 17 months and right now my plate is filled with Iran.

    • echinococcus
      August 2, 2015, 3:29 pm

      Mr Fredman is at it again: so he Looooves the place, that much eh? Should he assume that falling in love with the neighbor’s daughter entitles him to rape her?

    • Mooser
      August 2, 2015, 6:02 pm

      ” Where would I begin?”

      Yonah, all you want to do is run around in circles. As long as it brings you back to the same old place, you’re fine. You are not going anywhere.
      You still refuse to acknowledge the most basic truths about the situation. That might be a start.

      “And I love Jerusalem and have only known that it is called Al Quds much more recently than my love of Jerusalem.”

      Well, then, so much for “Al Quds” and so much for an open city internationally administered. Nope, you love her, so you gotta have her, even if you have to kidnap her and chain her in the basement. Baby, ain’t I good to you.

    • Annie Robbins
      August 2, 2015, 6:09 pm

      If I were president Obama how would i react to this? I wouldn’t. I would realize that the Palestinian versus Zionist struggle is not going to be solved in the next 17 months and right now my plate is filled with Iran.

      and so everyone should just push it all down the road because it’s just such a mess. how helpful yonah! it sort of negates those things you said when you end it all with .. let’s just do nothing about it!

      • yonah fredman
        August 2, 2015, 6:38 pm

        Annie- After having thought about it a bit, I would advise President Obama to consult with James Baker and whatever James Baker advises that’s what he should do.

      • Annie Robbins
        August 2, 2015, 7:10 pm

        that’s an improvement of sorts. why baker?

        obama could not use his veto at the UN. i guess that could be a form of ‘non reaction’ which might do some good..

      • just
        August 2, 2015, 7:17 pm

        Bingo!

      • yonah fredman
        August 2, 2015, 7:49 pm

        James Baker is famous for telling Israel to give the white house a phone call when it’s serious about peace, so I trust him regarding the Middle East. I don’t think France will offer up a security council resolution so i don’t think Obama will get a chance not to cast a veto. A condemnation of settlements by the UN would be superfluous. I’ve read about a resolution that would give the parties (PLO and Israel) 18 months to negotiate Israeli withdrawal based upon the 67 borders (allowing for a swap of territory) and in the eventuality of them not reaching an agreement, the UN would reach its own decision regarding the territory. I guess that’s fine, but I trust James Baker enough to ask his opinion on this process before placing all my markers betting on it.

        (The Israeli position against a diktat by the UN is well known and given Middle East turmoil the logic of opposing a diktat at this time has its logic as well. I am not optimistic about a major effort by Obama in this direction and my statement about what I would do if I were Obama was more a prediction than a prescription.)

        (The 18 month period after a September or an October UNSC resolution would end up in the first months of a Clinton or a Biden or a Republican presidential administration, and so this kind of ends up in the lap of the next president who will not have the freedom of lame duckness in order to choose the best path for the US and the Middle east.)

      • Annie Robbins
        August 2, 2015, 8:42 pm

        you might be misinformed about the definition of ‘diktat’ – wrt the UN. it means “without popular consent.” in the international community what doesn’t have popular consent is israel’s occupation over palestine and their continued expansion. compared to israelis who support that, we’re talking billions compared to a puny few million. and how hypocritical using that term about a country who has imposed rule by diktat over 1/2 the population they govern for over a 1/2 century. seriously yonah, get a grip.

  10. German Lefty
    August 2, 2015, 12:36 pm

    I completely agree with the article.

    “The arsonists left […] a Star of David on the wall as their footnote to this atrocious attack.”

    Here we see how a Jewish symbol has become a Zionist symbol.

  11. German Lefty
    August 2, 2015, 12:39 pm

    Is there a way to make a donation to the family via PayPal?

  12. CigarGod
    August 3, 2015, 10:50 am

    Shahd,
    The photo is amazing.
    Thanks for the well written report.

  13. Rashers2
    August 4, 2015, 6:09 am

    Shahd Abusalama’s article presents a lucid and compelling argument; I congratulate her on it.
    I/P, and the absolute outrage I share with numberless others at the sadistic, out-of-control criminality of the settlers who murdered little Ali Dawabsha, do politically strange things to me, including putting me in full agreement with both George Galloway (with whom I had a brief, cordial correspondence after he was himself last year the victim of a politically-motivated assault in broad daylight near his home in London) and Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour Party leadership “hopeful”, on Zionism and the Zionist state.
    I’ve forwarded the link to Shahd Abusalama’s piece to many friends and acquaintances because it captures the essence of the disease, of which Ali Dawabsha (may he repose in peace)’s murder is but a recent and terrible symptom.

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