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Following fatal settler attack, Israeli army raids Dawabshe family homes in the West Bank village of Duma

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While a man hunt is underway to apprehend the Israeli killers of 18-month old Ali Dawabshe, the Palestinian baby burned to death in a settler arson attack last Friday, for the past two nights more than one hundred Israeli soldiers and Shin Beit security officials have raided the homes of the Dawabshe family in the West Bank village of Duma near Nablus.

Speaking to Mondoweiss via telephone, Nasser Dawabshe, an uncle of the deceased, said that at 2:00 am Wednesday morning 30 Israeli army Jeeps with approximately 150 soldiers arrived in Duma. He said they woke sleeping members of the Dawabshe family, removed them from their houses, and searched the buildings until around 4:30 am.

“I was on my way home when I saw the Jeeps,” Nasser Dawabshe said, explaining that he attempted to hide, but Israeli border police noticed him and approached. “The actual soldiers, themselves, treated us like shit, but the commanders and the generals and the intelligence service were more respectful,” he said.

Nasser says the security forces asked him what he thought of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. Based on the line of questioning Nasser suspected the raid was to determine if any family members were considering retaliatory attacks against Israeli civilians. Earlier this week the Dawabshe family opened their homes to more than 100 Israelis from the group Tag Meir, an anti “price tag” group that protests attacks on Palestinians carried out by Israeli extremists. Nasser also spoke at a Israeli demonstration in Tel Aviv against the killing of his nephew, sharing the stage with Israeli opposition leader Issac Herzog and head of the leftist Israeli political party Meretz, Zahava Gal-On.

According to Nasser, the Israeli military returned to Duma Wednesday night. The military parked around 20 Jeeps at a nearby settlement and then walked through the steep West Bank hills to the Palestinian village. In this overnight incursion the soldiers closed off the charred home of Ali Dawabshe.

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesperson office was reached for comment but a spokesperson said she was unable to give a statement on the raid while the investigation to apprehend those responsible for the killing is ongoing.

In the immediate hours after the attack in Duma, Israel announced it would treat the killing as “an act of terrorism.” Israel then upgraded its investigative efforts this week by employing “administrative detention,” a emergency powers order to jail suspects without arrests or trail.

The first arrest of known leaders of Jewish extremists groups was made Monday when Meir Ettinger, 24, the grandson of extremist rabbi Meir Kahane who advocated for the use of violence against Palestinians, was taken into custody. On Tuesday Israel approved the administrative detention of three additional extremists.

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  1. just on August 6, 2015, 11:22 am

    “The actual soldiers, themselves, treated us like shit, but the commanders and the generals and the intelligence service were more respectful,” he said.”


    “the commanders and the generals and the intelligence service were more respectful.”

    What is this~ good cop, bad cop? The “commanders and the generals and the intelligence service” are responsible for this continued Israeli state- sponsored terrorism against allPalestinians that they planned and orchestrated, courtesy of the 95% in Israel and the far too many all over the “West”.

    My thoughts are with the struggling survivors of the terror attack, and for the Dawabshe family as a whole.

    Thanks, Allison.

    • piotr on August 6, 2015, 3:42 pm

      Mind you, it is easier to notice the unusual than the quotidian. Looking from across the ocean, it is unusual to see a ranking officer beating up folks with his own hands while he is surrounded by regular troops who should do the manual work. But perhaps this “hands on” approach is indeed the usual procedure, so the behavior of the officers could be remarkable.

  2. amigo on August 6, 2015, 11:38 am

    “The actual soldiers, themselves, treated us like shit, but the commanders and the generals and the intelligence service were more respectful,” he said. – See more at:

    The actual soldiers were only doing what they normally do, under instructions from the commanders and Generals.”treat the Palestinians like shit”.

    Old habits are hard to break and these soldiers were only trying to impress their superiors.Didn,t the commanders brief the soldiers about the level of negative press this affair has had for Israel.

    What a f—-d up mob the IDF is , from top to bottom.Rotten to the “corp”.

    • just on August 6, 2015, 12:07 pm

      +1, amigo.

      “Three soldiers were wounded in a suspected hit-and-run terror attack on Thursday afternoon in the area of the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

      The driver was then shot in his vehicle by Israel Defense Force…

      Magen David Adom reported that it had received an alert at 3:11 P.M. on Thursday that three soldiers had been injured on Highway 60, close to the village of Sinjil.

      Paramedics who arrived on the scene said they saw an overturned car and three people lying in pools of blood close to it. Two of the wounded were unconscious and suffering from multiple injuries, including to the head. The third was fully conscious with limb injuries.

      “We separated into teams, along with IDF medical personnel who were present, and began providing emergency treatment, including anesthesia, respiration and transfusions,” the paramedics said.

      Two of the victims were reported to be seriously wounded, with head and internal injuries. They were evacuated to hospital by helicopter while unconscious and on respiration.

      The third casualty was said to be lightly wounded.

      The driver of the vehicle was shot and evacuated in a serious condition. The Israeli license plate on the vehicle had been crudely connected to the vehicle, leading officials to suspect that it had replaced the original Palestinian plates.

      “A suspected attempt to run over pedestrians occurred a short while ago close to the Sinjil junction,” the IDF said in a statement. “As far as is known, three people were wounded. A force in the area opened fire on the vehicle and identified a hit.”

      “I want to congratulate the soldiers who reacted quickly to neutralize the terrorist and wish a speedy recovery to the wounded,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said shortly after the incident.

      “I find it puzzling that those who were so quick to denounce terror against Palestinians are silent when the terror is aimed at Jews.”

      read more:

      Nobody’s “silent”, [email protected]

      P.S. There’s no equivalence. Who did it? Where’s the investigation? Shoot first is your motto~ mostly against innocents. You and your buddies and your forebears are responsible~ you reap what you sow. You’re lucky that Palestinians have managed to retain their humanity these many decades while you’ve happily tossed yours to the wind.

      • amigo on August 6, 2015, 1:25 pm

        “I find it puzzling that those who were so quick to denounce terror against Palestinians are silent when the terror is aimed at Jews.” – See more at:“nietanyahu

        Excuse me , but they are the tools of an illegal occupation murdering the indigenuous population and protecting illegal “Israeli squatters”, some of whom burned a family out of their home and killing a 1/2 year old toddler in the process.Damn Right I do not condemn Palestinians for carrying out their right to right to resist occupation.That,s if it was a Palestinian.It might have been price tag proponents upset because one of their own is in an Israeli jail.

        Being Jewish has nothing to do with it.

        Cry me a river benja-mean.If you care about your brave heroes , then get them the hell out of Palestine.

      • Bumblebye on August 6, 2015, 6:32 pm

        Um, where’s the terrorism? Occupying foreign troops were targeted by a member of an oppressed population. They shouldn’t be there carrying out duties contrary to international law. No excuses.

      • just on August 6, 2015, 6:34 pm

        Bingo, Bumblebye.

        Q: How many illegal squatters have attempted to kill innocent Palestinians with their vehicles?

        A: Many.

        Q: Do the Israelis call them terrorists?

        A: No.

        “Israeli settlers run over two Palestinian minors in 24 hours”

        “Jewish settler runs over two Palestinian children in West Bank, killing one”

        And so on…

      • wondering jew on August 6, 2015, 6:40 pm

        bumblebye- The settlers who were attacked were civilians not occupying foreign troops.

      • tree on August 6, 2015, 7:02 pm


        The Haaretz report listed the 3 as soldiers, not settlers.

        “Three soldiers were wounded in a suspected hit-and-run terror attack on Thursday afternoon in the area of the West Bank settlement of Shiloh.

      • diasp0ra on August 6, 2015, 7:15 pm


        Settlers are not civilians.

        They are willingly settling into militarily occupied territories contrary to international law. They are de facto complicit in occupation, their lifestyle is sustained by blood and violence.

      • wondering jew on August 6, 2015, 7:26 pm

        tree- sorry I was reacting to something that occurred a few days ago rather than this new piece of news. attacking soldiers in occupied territory is not terrorism. attacking settlers is.

      • zaid on August 6, 2015, 7:37 pm


        they were soldiers and not civilians or settlers.

        by the way just for curiosity , does international law consider settlers to be civilians?

      • echinococcus on August 6, 2015, 9:59 pm

        Settlers are military occupation personnel. If they are strictly considered uniformed military personnel or not does not change their function.

      • Mooser on August 7, 2015, 11:16 am

        Poor Yonah. I wonder what will happen to him when he figures out nobody owes us anything for being Jewish.

      • Keith on August 7, 2015, 6:32 pm

        MOOSER- “…nobody owes us anything for being Jewish.”

        That is because all of the proceeds have been dedicated to the Hophmi outreach fund to finance his efforts to teach tolerance to all of the Jew hating, Holocaust denying, mass murdering Gentiles, all 99% of them!

  3. a blah chick on August 6, 2015, 12:16 pm

    This is the same crap they pulled after the Abu Khdeir boy was killed, the police swooped down on his family arresting dozens. Why? Because they were bitching to the press and public about the abysmal job the police were doing in the investigation. This is the same message they are giving the Dawabshe family: shut your mouths and stop making us look bad.

    And they’re going to keep doing it until they are held accountable.

    • annie on August 6, 2015, 1:16 pm

      yep, i was telling a friend at dinner the other night to expect this. it’s the MO of israel to make the victims suffer — when they are palestinians.

    • chocopie on August 6, 2015, 11:08 pm

      Yes, I interpret it as an intimidation tactic. They are warning them not to complain to “outsiders” or they will search their homes until they find “something.”

    • Accentitude on August 10, 2015, 3:13 am

      After Tarek returned to Florida, the Israeli police arrested members of his extended family (uncles, cousins). Two of his cousins were placed in administrative detention and one cousin was also an American citizen, Mohammad Abu Khdeir, who shares the same name as his relative who was kidnapped and burned alive. This other Mohammad, who is an American, didn’t get any media attention because his arrest and beating wasn’t captured on camera. The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel “Adalah” has advocates and lawyer working with the family.

  4. diasp0ra on August 6, 2015, 12:46 pm

    This is fascism.

    Instead of showing this muscle at the settlement where the extremists came out from, they go full force to the victims JUST IN CASE something was being plotted, with 0 evidence or 0 reasons for suspicion.

    Instead of sending those 20 jeeps to investigate the actual perpetrators, they are treating the victims as if THEY are the dangerous ones that need investigating.

  5. John O on August 6, 2015, 1:26 pm

    This isn’t the banality of evil; it’s sadism.

  6. amigo on August 6, 2015, 2:18 pm

    So much for all that faux contrition displayed by Israel,s leaders .It sure didn,t take them long to revert to the normal day to day activities they are renowned for. Can,t teach an old zionist new tricks.

  7. Bumblebye on August 6, 2015, 7:20 pm

    The oh so nice officers (or their political bosses) have held a kangaroo court and found the Dawabshe’s guilty of bringing Israel into disrepute – first, for failing to escape their burning home in a timely manner, second, for their extended family’s failure to assist them in doing so. See, it’s not the fault of Israel or any Israeli shtetler that Ali died and his parents and brother burned! That’s defamation and delegitimization! Anti-semites. (Sarcasm)

  8. Rashers2 on August 7, 2015, 9:23 am

    Words almost fail. It is sadism perpetrated by filth; such behaviour is forfeiting whatever tenuous “right to existence” might have been arguable for the Zionist state.
    Telling in the article is Nasser Dawabshe’s explaining that, when he spotted the Jeeps, he attempted to hide – what kind of “normal” is it that, when an intelligent adult on his way home sees a military Jeep, his first reaction is to try concealing himself?

  9. Qualtrough on August 7, 2015, 3:40 pm

    It’s almost like Israelis want people to hate them.

    • inbound39 on August 7, 2015, 7:17 pm

      Yes….I have often thought that myself….they go out of their way to get negative press.

      • JohnWV on August 8, 2015, 4:20 am

        “Zionists: transforming ‘anti-Semitism’ from something horrible into something honorable since 1948,” Professor Steven Salaita, June 14, 2015.

    • Marnie on August 8, 2015, 11:42 am

      I’ve often thought that myself, that it is a deliberate effort so they can scream “antisemitism” at everything when they are actually creating it.

  10. inbound39 on August 8, 2015, 5:32 am

    The father of the child has succumbed to his wounds and apparently another home was attacked and firebombed in the same village on Saturday morning but the firebombs fell at the outside walls and never made it through the windows. Here is link to article about father…..

    • Accentitude on August 10, 2015, 6:13 am

      If it was a Jewish settler’s home that was firebombed, you know that the Israeli Army would have set up checkpoints and checked the IDs of everyone approaching within 3 kilometers of that village, so no way in hell would a similar attack happen in the same village only a few days later. Of course, the victims are Palestinian Arabs, not Jews and so the IDF doesn’t care. Why should they? How many times have videos emerged of IDF forces watching as settlers walk right past them into Palestinian villages to carry out attacks with no consequences?

  11. Rashers2 on August 10, 2015, 7:57 am

    Marnie; Qualtrough, this appears increasingly to be the case. Today, there is IMHO precious little mainstream anti-Semitism among opinion-formers or the general public in the West*. Surely, it exists; but it’s confined mainly to the lunatic fringes of the right, which hate not only the Jews but the Arabs, the blacks, the queers, the liberals, the unconventional, etc. Partly thanks to the globe’s having become far smaller and to the exponential growth in the quantity of information available to everyone with eyes to look and ears to hear, the days are past when the Jews could be successfully and protractedly demonised as some secretive cabal on a covert quest for world domination. Most Western gentiles go to school with/work alongside/are in business with and/or have as customers or clients, Jews. With knowledge and exposure, almost inevitably, comes the realisation that there are representative contingents of outstandingly good, brilliant and charming Jews, run-of-the-mill Jews and rude, ignorant, ar*eholes – in other words, Jews are just like any others: Christians, plumbers, politicians, lawyers, Hindus and everyone else.

    Central to Zionism and the Zionist state, however, is the necessity of being hated/despised. Take away or demonstrate to be false the truism (too many “memes” on political sites), “Everyone hates the Jews” (and, particularly, “The Arabs hate the Jews”) then out of the window, too, flies a great chunk of the “justifications” for:
    1) the possession by a country the size of Wales and with a population of fewer than London’s of one of the planet’s largest arsenals (including an extensive, nuclear capability); 2) a military strategy including “pre-emptive self-defence”; 3) differential treatment of citizens on religious grounds; 4) the oppressive occupation of the OWB/East Jerusalem and the siege of Gaza, whose ultimate objective is to render these areas “Arabenfrei”; 5) the colonial settler-state itself.

    It is not inconceivable that, genuine anti-Semitism being thin on the ground, it has become necessary for the Zionists to synthesise it through the old saw of conflation; or to manufacture it afresh through their own egregious behaviour. While by rational measures this seems fantastic, I recall reading recently – on or through MW – what struck me as an incisive definition of an ideologue, namely one who adheres to a fixed ideology and who must therefore make the facts fit the ideology, not vice versa. This being the case and anti-Semitism being an axiom of Zionism, it is not wholly preposterous for Zionist ideologues to manufacture an absent or failing sine qua non of that ideology for the purpose of pointing to the former’s existence and thus being able to claim, “You see? They hate us because we’re Jews!” The big issue with this thesis (if correct) is also a problem central to the Zionist psychosis: whether anti-Semitism is real, imagined or manufactured, the response will always be, “We’re hated because we’re Jews!” but never, in the last case, “Our actions have made them hate Jews.”

    * Not necessarily only in the West: I’ve lived nearly a decade, now, in the Middle East and have NEVER heard an Arab of any provenance make an anti-Semitic remark of the “effing Jew” or “Jewish b*astard” variety. To the extent the I-P topic enters conversation criticism has always been of Israel’s behaviour or of the creed (Zionism) itself; but never of Jews qua Jews.

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