Opposition MKs hail Jewish terror arrests, knock lateness
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Opposition MKs hail Jewish terror arrests, knock lateness

Meretz party leader remarks that if attackers were Palestinian, bust would have happened long ago; right-wing lawmakers mum

File: Zionist Union leader MK Isaac Herzog speaking at the faction's convention in Tel Aviv, November 8, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
File: Zionist Union leader MK Isaac Herzog speaking at the faction's convention in Tel Aviv, November 8, 2015. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Opposition lawmakers on Thursday hailed the arrest of suspects in the firebombing of a Palestinian home last summer that killed three, while right-wing Knesset members remained silent in the immediate aftermath of the police’s announcement.

Officials said Thursday that Israel Police and Shin Bet security service agents had recently arrested multiple Jewish terror suspects in the fatal firebombing of the Dawabsha family home in the Palestinian village of Duma.

According to suspicions, Jewish extremists torched the Dawabsha home on July 31 while the family slept inside. Ali Dawabsha, the family’s 18-month old son, died in the attack; his parents, Saad and Riham, succumbed to their injuries in Israeli hospitals in its aftermath. Ahmed Dawabsha, the couple’s five-year-old son, was seriously injured.

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog said in a statement that the torching of the Dawabsha home was “a horrendous crime that haunts us as a people and a society” and that the perpetrators must be punished “to the full extent of the law.”

One of the suspects arrested in connection with the Dawabsha murder, December 3, 2015. Under the government's gag order the identities of the suspects cannot be revealed. (Screen capture)
One of the suspects arrested in connection with the Dawabsha murder, December 3, 2015. Under the government’s gag order the identities of the suspects cannot be revealed. (Screen capture)

“We need to stand like a fortified wall against terrorism of any type and defeat it,” he said.

Meretz party leader Zehava Galon offered faint praise, saying it was good the suspects were arrested, but “very bad that it took so long.”

Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. All three died when the Dawabsha home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, by suspected Jewish extremists, on July 31, 2015 (Channel 2 screenshot)
Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. All three died when the Dawabsha home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, by suspected Jewish extremists, on July 31, 2015 (Channel 2 screenshot)

“It’s a bad and bitter feeling that if it were Palestinian terrorism and not Jewish terrorism, they would’ve taken care of it — and rightly so — very quickly and with great determination,” she said.

Zionist Union MK Zuheir Bahloul echoed Galon’s sentiments, calling the arrests “too little, too late.”

“I am sure that if it were Arab terrorists, this investigation would have ended in the blink of an eye,” he said in a statement. “So long as we don’t act with complete equality toward those people that turn our lives here into hell, there will never be calm here.”

Joint (Arab) List MK Youssef Jabareen said in a statement after visiting Ahmed Dawabsha, the sole surviving member of the family, that “the main [thing] responsible for the murder is the occupation that has persisted for nearly 10 decades, under whose auspices crimes like this are committed.”

The Yesha Council, a settlement umbrella group, extolled the investigators’ progress and arrest of suspects in “the heinous crime.”

“The acts committed were immoral and harmed the values of the state of Israel and the settlements,” the Yesha Council said in a statement following the announcement of the arrests. “We are confident that the security agencies and the law of the state of Israel will prosecute all participants in the criminal act to the fullest extent of the law.”

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