An Israeli who burned a Palestinian family to death while they were sleeping in their home was released from custody ten months after he was detained for the incident by Israeli authorities. Meir Ettinger, 20, led the arson attack on the Dawabsheh home in the village of Duma located in illegally occupied Palestine in July, 2015. The attack burned 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha to death instantly. His parents both later died of their burns at a hospital. Their first child, four-year-old Ahmad, was burned over 60% of his body and he spent months in the hospital but he survived the attack and continues to recover.
Palestinians incur horrific violence at the hands of Israelis but are rarely charged for their crimes by Israel, which rules over the Palestinians and denies them the most basic rights in the occupied Palestinian West Bank while Israeli Jews enjoy full rights. The two tier system is reminiscent of the Jim Crow Laws that existed in the United States and as former president Jimmy Carter and Nelson Mandela have said, amounts to an apartheid racist system that is modeled after the white South African regime that oppressed the majority black population. Thus, Israelis who commit crimes against Palestinians are rarely charged. B’Tselam, a human rights organization that documents Israeli crimes states:
As the occupying force, Israel must protect the Palestinians in the West Bank. However, the Israeli authorities neglect to fulfill this responsibility and do not do enough to prevent Israeli civilians from attacking Palestinians, their property and their lands. The undeclared policy of the Israeli authorities in response to these attacks is lenient and conciliatory. Perpetrators are rarely tried, and many cases are not investigated at all or are closed with no operative conclusions”
In fact, the overwhelming majority of crimes against Palestinians go unpunished. For those that do, sentences are often lenient:
It’s very troubling that the US government continues to support Israel unconditionally, a state that is contrary to American values. Israel commits its crimes and we give them political and diplomatic support as well as billions of dollars a year while America’s kids go hungry and our infrastructure fails. We need to rethink our priorities because Israel should not be one of them.
Watch video of four-year-old Ahmad courageously recovering from his wounds.