After the suspected perpetrator of the Duma terror attack allegedly told investigators it was revenge for the murder of an Israeli in July 2015, Malachy Rosenfeld’s mother on Sunday lashed out saying any such connection was “a slap in the face” of her son’s memory and “goes against everything we believe in.”
Rosenfeld, 25, was gunned down on July 1 in the West Bank while returning home from a basketball game, just a month before a firebomb attack on the home of the Dawabsha family in the West Bank village of Duma led to the immediate death of toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha. Parents Riham and Saad succumbed to their wounds in the hospital within weeks of the attack. Five-year-old Ahmed, Ali’s brother, remains hospitalized in Israel and faces a long rehabilitation.
Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, was charged Sunday with murder, and an unnamed minor was charged as an accomplice, for carrying out the attack on the Dawabsha home.
According to investigators, Ben-Uliel said he did it to avenge the killing of Rosenfeld by a Palestinian terrorist. His parents said he was innocent, and his wife said he had been tortured and that the entire case was “lies.”
“It disgusts me that Jews did this, if that’s true,” Sarah Rosenfeld, Malachy’s mother, said in a Channel 10 interview Sunday. She called Ben-Uliel’s claim “a slap in the face of the memory of my son and his way of life.”
“We’re not connected to them and it’s not a consensual connection,” she told Channel 10 in an interview Sunday.
“Moreover, it pains me that Jews did it, and religious Jews who belong to my community,” she said.
“It happened immediately after the 30 days [of mourning], and very close physically, and therefore I feared when it happened. I told my husband, “Oh dear, soon enough they’ll say it was because of Malachy,'” she told Channel 10.