The five-year-old survivor of a West Bank arson attack will meet his favorite Spanish soccer team, Real Madrid, on March 17, the Palestinian Football Association announced on Saturday.
Five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha lost his entire family — parents Saad and Riham and 18-month-old brother Ali — in the July firebombing of their home in the village of Duma by suspected Jewish terrorists. Ahmed sustained second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body and underwent a total of 10 surgeries, including skin grafts.
Ahmed will be accompanied by two relatives on the two-week trip to Spain, which begins March 17.
The head of the Palestinian Football Association, Jibril Rajoub, said in a statement that the team had felt sympathy for Ahmed after pictures of him in a Real Madrid shirt spread online.
Rajoub said the offer was “appreciated, and would have humanitarian dimensions,” the Palestinian news agency Maan reported.
Real Madrid first invited Ahmed to visit in January. The club’s spokesman Raul Serrano Quevedo wrote in a letter to the Palestinian ambassador that the team “would be delighted” to host him.
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Nasser Dawabsha, the boy’s uncle, said Ahmed spends a lot of time at the hospital watching sports and that he adores Real Madrid star player Cristiano Ronaldo.
Aviram Ben-Uliel, 21, of Jerusalem was indicted in early January, along with an unnamed minor, for the July 2015 firebomb attack. Ben-Ulliel was charged with murder.
The indictments marked a key breakthrough in the case, which shocked Israelis and led to unprecedented measures against Jewish terror suspects, including a cabinet vote to extend to Israeli citizens counter-terrorism practices such as detention without trial.
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