B’Tselem: A burned infant was only a matter of time in view of policy to not enforce law on violent settlers

Published:  31 Jul 2015

The killing of a one and a half year old infant, ‘Ali Sa’ed Dawabshe, and the serious injury of his mother Riham, his father Sa’ed and his toddler brother ‘Ahmed, after a suspected arson attack by Israeli civilians burned their home, was only a matter of time. This, due to the authorities’ policy to avoid enforcing the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians and their property. This policy creates impunity for hate crimes, and encourages assailants to continue, leading to this morning’s horrific result.

In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli Police did not even bother take elementary investigative actions.

Palestinians attend the funeral of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha on July 31, 2015 in the West Bank village of Duma. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File). Ma’an News

Palestinians attend the funeral of Palestinian toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha on July 31, 2015 in the West Bank village of Duma. (AFP/Thomas Coex, File). Ma’an News

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