I bet the majority of you never heard of this heart breaking news, which did not make breaking news.
A two year old infant – wait, sorry an 18 month old baby who was robbed of the chance to make it that far, (dare I say it) #wasBurnedAlive, by (what witnesses recall) Jewish Settlers.
Why (dare I ask)?
‘Revenge’, the answer seems to be.
‘Revenge’- was the graffiti sprayed message on the walls of the family home by (according to witnesses) two masked men, in the village of Duma, on the occupied West Bank.
‘Revenge’? I DO ask, What harm could baby #AliDawabshe have possibly caused to spark vengeance in the two masked men, within the 540 innocent days of his limited life span, to deserve to be #BurnedAlive?’
After tuning into ‘Al Quds’ a Palestinian satellite channel, I couldn’t see the top left corner of the screen, because there was a box with these words ‘حرقوا_الرضيع’ in it, a statement on the top left corner of the screen, permanently holding its position there. Shocked and completely baffled. I squinted to see if I’ve read it right, ‘burned_baby’. I asked my neighbour to my right if I’d read right, she assured me I’d read correct. The statement had not moved regardless of programme transitions, even breaks. They did not flinch. Those stubborn two words, but what were they conveying?
The attack happened around 3-4 am, a time where a typical family would be sleeping, but this family, the Dawabshe family were awoken to fire in their own bed. It is clear the arsonists planned accordingly. They smashed the window and threw a firebomb through it, the father managed to rescue his other son (4years of age) and his wife, but could not find baby Ali in time, had he stayed and searched for Ali, it is likely all 4 would have perished in the fire.
Ali’s family are now left in critical conditions at a hospital in Israel, with their bodies at 75 per cent burns, a permanent mark, a constant reminder of the traumatic inescapable event, which led to the inability of saving their boy, their baby, their Ali.
A block of ‘charcoal’, Ali’s remains was described as by eyewitnesses.
You are probably wondering why the hashtags? ‘#WasBurnedAlive, ‘#AliDawabshe’ and the powerful two words that stuck with me ‘#حرقوا_الرضيع’; following the attack on 31st July, infuriated individuals took to Twitter articulate their condemnation of the inhumane actions. Many, had a unique way of getting their message across, some took to the streets holding up signs saying ‘there’s nothing to see here, just another dead Palestinian’, or ‘another blown up baby’ holding a baby doll covered in blood reinforcing the message that the world keeps on moving and chooses to be oblivious to the crimes committed against Palestinians. The idea that this did not just happen once, but on numerous occasions, is the main issue, and that as humans we are still allowing these inexcusable acts to carry on through silence.‘Silence is a Crime’- Nelson Mandela, one tweeter posted.
The words had a right to not move, why should it move on when a programme ends like the rest of the world? Someone’s got to break the chain.
President Mahmoud Abbas mentioned that Palestine wakes up “Every day to a similar crime”, really?
This year alone, there have been 120 attacks by Israeli settlers reported according to the United Nations, but those numbers only include the complaints filed by the Palestinians. What about the other attacks that haven’t been reported? This idea, has also been addressed in ‘The failure to enforce the law on Israeli civilians in the West Bank’ by Yesh Din, only 7.4% of the district police investigations into offenses committed by Israeli civilians against Palestinian property in the West Bank has had some form of indictment. This, again still doesn’t count the offences not reported. It was found that more than 85% of cases had ‘indicating investigative failure, such as the investigators failure to find suspects or collect enough evidence for an indictment’. That being said, how exactly do you expect Palestinians to trust that these murderers or in Netanyahu’s words ‘perpetrators’ will be brought to justice?
A ‘burned baby’, means justice must be served.
Yesh Din: report