It has been seven years since Israeli colonial settlers burned the house of the Dawabsheh family, murdering the couple Riham and Sa’d Dawabsheh along with their 18-month-old infant Ali. Their eldest son Ahmed was only four when he was left orphaned with severe injuries.
While the Dawabsheh family was asleep on July 31, 2015, Jewish settlers infiltrated the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank of Nablus and set fire to the house. Infant Ali was directly pronounced dead. Seven days later, Sa’d died of his critical wounds. Riham, the mother, succumbed to her serious injury at least one month after the crime was committed.
Ahmad Dawabsheh was only four when he lost his father, mother, and only son. He suffered second and third-degree burns on about 60% of his little body.
Dawabsheh’s only survivor underwent several surgeries. Yet still needs psychological and physical therapy. A month ago, he joined the Nablus Sports Academy in an attempt to create a bright future.
Years after the heinous crime was committed, the Israeli occupation court released all the settlers accused of the Dawabsheh family crime, except for the criminal Amiram Ben-Uliel. He was sentenced to life imprisonment three times and an additional 20 years after he was convicted of the crime on September 14, 2020.
At that time, the Dawabsheh family considered the verdict against the accused insufficient. The family vowed to continue its efforts to condemn the Israeli apartheid regime that supports settlers and gives them the green light to commit more crimes against Palestinian civilians.
7 years down in line, Israeli settlers’ crimes and attacks against Palestinians and their property are on rise in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank. 2022 has seen a sharp increase in settlers’ attacks, including seizing Palestinian homes, throwing stones at citizens’ vehicles, direct shooting at Palestinians, bulldozing lands, uprooting trees, and poisoning animals.