Palestinian boy who survived Duma firebomb attack taken to visit terrorists’ home

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinian boy who was the only survivor of an arson attack on his West Bank home was taken to visit the demolished home of a Hebron terrorist who killed three in a shooting attack, including an American citizen.

Ahmed Dawabsheh, 6, was taken on Saturday by his grandfather Hussein, to the home of Hamas terrorist Mohammad Abed al Basset Harub, in what has been described as a “solidarity visit,” Ynet reported.

They were accompanied by Mohammad Qiq, a Hamas member who in February ended a 93-day hunger strike in an Israeli prison to protest his administrative detention, being held without charge or court appearance.

Ahmed was released from an Israeli hospital in July, though he returns to the hospital near Tel Aviv for ongoing treatment. His grandfather has been by his side since the firebomb attack on his home in the West Bank village of Duma in July 2015 left his parents and younger brother dead.  Right-wing Jewish extremists have been indicted in the attack.

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In the attack in November, which killed American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, Harub shot into a minivan full of people as well as another car near the Alon Shvut traffic junction in Gush Etzion, and then rammed his car into several other cars and bystanders. Harub was shot and killed by Israeli security forces while trying to flee the scene.

A group of yeshiva students had been in the minivan delivering snacks to soldiers stationed in the area when they came under fire, leaving Schwartz, 18, of Sharon, Massachusetts dead.

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