A Bedouin tent was burned to the ground overnight in an apparent settler arson attack in Ein Samiya, a West Bank tent village on the outskirts of the village where a Palestinian baby and father were killed during a nationalist firebombing two weeks ago. The assailants spray painted “administrative revenge” on a rock near the enclosure, a reference to Israel’s recent announcement that it would jail Jewish terrorists without trail in a policy of “administrative detention.”
Known as “price tagging” the graffiti the assailants left behind indicates their criminal act was motivated by the government’s decision to weed out and prosecute extremists. Last week nine suspected Jewish terrorists were jailed without charges, yet all were released within two days.
No one was injured in the attack inside the occupation. Yousef Kaba’ane, his wife and eight children had used the tent up until last week as their primary lodging. However, they recently began sleeping in other tents outside of their village.
“Chairs, bicycles, sugar, flour,” were all charred in the fire, Zakaria Sadah, a field monitor for Rabbis for Human Rights said. “It was storage for the family, the food for the family.”
Sadah arrived at the scene in the early morning hours, notified by neighbors of the Kaba’ane family. The village is a scant six miles from Duma. By the time Sadah reached the small Bedouin encampment, which does not appear on any map and is not connected to local water, sewage or electrical lines, Israeli border police were already present. According to Sadah, it was the border police who extinguished the fire.
“It was a matter of luck to some extent, because if they hadn’t have moved to another place,” Yariv Mohar said, a spokesperson for Rabbis for Human Rights, “it could have been another murder. They [the arsonists] could have not known that nobody was in the tent.”
“The children usually sleep in a corner of the tent,” Mohar added.
Israeli police told CNN an investigation was opened to apprehend those responsible, but would not state that the attack was nationally motivated. “As of this point, all directions are being examined. There is continuing exploration in the Shai region,” Luba Smari told CNN.