Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog said Saturday that Saad Dawabsha, who died Saturday of his injuries a week after his 18-month-old was burned to death in a firebomb attack on their West Bank home, was “another victim of terrorism and fanaticism.”
The remaining Dawabsha family — mother Riham and four-year-old Ahmed — are still being treated at Tel Hashomer Hospital for life-threatening injuries. Saad Dawabsha was at Soroka Hospital where he succumbed to his wounds Saturday. Jewish terrorists are suspected in the attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, last Friday.
Israeli media reported Saturday that there had been signs of improvement in Ahmad’s condition, although his life remains in danger. They said that doctors on Friday removed the respirator to which he had been attached for the previous week and that he opened his eyes and recognized those around him.
“The fire that burned the Dawabsha family,” Herzog was quoted by Hebrew paper Maariv as saying, “is a foreign fire threatening the foundation of our existence here. Those who burn families, throw stones and Molotov cocktails and murder innocent girls are terrorists, and it matters not what religion they follow or from which rabbi or imam they learned fanaticism and evil.”
Herzog’s comments tied the firebomb attack last Friday on the Dawabsha family home to an incident that occurred a day earlier, when an ultra-Orthodox extremist stabbed six people during the Jerusalem pride parade. One of the victims, Shira Banki, 16, died of her wounds last week.
Doctors at the Soroka Hospital in Beersheba, where Saad Dawabsha was being treated, said that his chances of surviving the attack had been low, as he had suffered burns to most parts of his body.
Palestinian officials said that Dawabsha’s body underwent a post-mortem in the city of Nablus before his funeral, which was attended by thousands of people Saturday.
One official told AFP that the pathologist’s findings would be submitted in evidence to back up a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague.
The Palestinians on Monday submitted a request to the ICC to probe the firebombing and “settler terrorism”.
AFP contributed to this report.