Second Palestinian Duma home set alight in alleged arson attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Arson is suspected in an alleged firebomb attack on a house in the West Bank Palestinian village Duma.

The house that was set alight early Sunday morning belongs to relatives of the Dawabsheh family; Reham and Saad Dawabsheh and their 18-month-old son Ali were killed in an arson attack on their Duma home in July 2015.

Ibrahim Dawabsheh, the owner of the house, and his wife, escaped from the burning home and were treated in a West Bank hospital for smoke inhalation, the Palestinian Maan news agency reported.  He is the key witness to the 2015 attack and currently is testifying in the murder trial against suspected bomber Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, and a 17-year-old alleged accomplice.

A brick and at least two glass bottles that had contained flammable material were found inside the upstairs bedroom of the house that caught fire on Saturday night. The home is located less than 10 yards from the home that was burned down in July 2015.


Ghassan Daghlas, a Palestinian Authority official, told Maan that it is clear Jewish settlers attacked the home. “The way they attacked, the type of fire bombs and the timing of the attack all indicate that it was Israeli settlers,” he said

Israel Police announced it has opened an investigation into the alleged attack.

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