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‘Ali on the grill’ – outside court, Israelis taunt family of Palestinian toddler killed in 2015 arson attack

Image of Ahmed Dawabsheh in hospital receiving treatment after being burnt alive by Israeli settlers [file photo]
Palestinian child Ahmed Dawabsheh can be seen in hospital receiving treatment after being burnt alive by Israeli settlers [file photo]

Israeli right-wing activists taunted the relatives of a Palestinian family killed in a 2015 arson attack outside a courthouse on Tuesday, reported The Times of Israel.

Three years ago, a firebombing of a Palestinian home in Duma village in the occupied West Bank killed toddler Ali Saad Dawabsha and his parents Riham and Saad Dawabsha. Their other son, Ahmed, was five-years-old at the time, sustained severe burns but survived.

Two suspects – both right-wing Jewish settlers – are currently on trial for the crime, and on Tuesday, some “two dozen youth” gathered outside the court in support of the individuals on trial.

READ: Dawabsheh family survives second settler arson attack 

As the family’s uncle and grandfather Nasr and Hussein Dawabsha, who have served as guardians for Ahmed Dawabsha since the attack, walked out of the courtroom accompanied by MKs Ahmad Tibi and Ayman Odeh, the right-wing activists chanted: “Where is Ali? Ali’s dead” and “Ali’s on the grill”.

The Times of Israel reported that a spokesperson for Tibi “managed to capture most of the chants on video, including those of one young religious activist who approached the crowd of Dawabsha supporters and shouted, ‘Where is Ali? He’s burned!’ as he laughed”.

There were roughly 20 police officers at the scene, but “made no move to stop the protesters”.

Nasr Dawabsha said that if a Palestinian were to take pride in the murder of an Israeli in the manner which the protesters did, “they would receive the harshest of punishments from authorities”.

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