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Palestinian/ Israeli update12/04/2015.. IDF and Palestinians clash in West Bank

Friday, December 4, 2015 19:22
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Arrests in deadly firebombing of Palestinian home | The Electronic Intifada

Israel has arrested two youths suspected of firebombing a Palestinian home and killing three members of the Dawabsha family in the occupied West Bank village of Duma in July.

A gag order was placed on the investigation following the arrests earlier this week, but a police spokesperson confirmed on Thursday that two young men had been arrested.

The spokesperson said multiple arrests were made related to different attacks. The Electronic Intifada has confirmed that two arrests have been made specifically in the Dawabsha killings.

The suspects, whose names Israeli media are still withholding due to the gag order, are Hanoch Ganiram, 19, and Elisha Odess, who is a minor.

The pair have been interrogated but not yet charged.

Israel responsible

On 31 July, a firebomb was thrown into the Dawabsha family home, causing fatal injuries to 18-month-old Ali and critically injuring his parents, Saad and Riham, who later died from their injuries.

Ali’s four-year-old brother, Ahmad, the only survivor, remains hospitalized.

After news of the arrests, Hussein Dawabsha, Riham’s father, told the Ma’an News Agency that he holds the Israeli government responsible for the attack.

“The case is still not clear as no Israeli official updated me on the case and I knew about the arrest from journalists,” he said.

Honenu, a legal organization that defends Israeli soldiers and civilians accused of attacking Palestinians, has petitioned a court in the Israeli city of Petah Tikva to lift the gag order.


Immediately following the attack, Israel placed three Jewish extremists under administrative detention. This practice of detaining people without charge or trial is regularly used against Palestinians but rarely against Jews.

While the three settlers, Meir Ettinger, Mordechai Meyer and Eviatar Slonim, had a history of attacks on Palestinians, they were not explicitly accused in the Dawabsha case.

A month after those arrests, Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon admitted the army knew who had committed the lethal torching of the Dawabsha home but had not taken any legal action “in order to protect the identity of their sources.”

Yaalon said the three had been placed under administrative detention to prevent future attacks.

It is now clear that the suspects in the Dawabsha killings – Ganiram and Odess – were only arrested within the last week.


On 19 October the Israeli army ordered Ganiram to remain under house arrest in Hebron, a city in the occupied West Bank.

According to Israel’s Ynet, he was arrested on 1 December when he left his house to attend a wedding.

Ganiram’s grandfather, Yitzhak Ganiram, was a member of the Jewish Underground, a violent extremist group that conducted a series of attacks against Palestinians in the West Bank in the 1980s, including planting bombs in the cars of officials.

The elder Ganiram was sentenced to seven years in prison for several plots, including a scheme to blow up the Dome of the Rock at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound. He was pardoned by Israel’s president after serving only three months, Ynet reported.

Israel has come under increasing pressure to find the culprits of the attack in Duma. In November, Esawi Frej, a member of the Israeli parliament for the left-Zionist Meretz party, petitioned the high court to demand indictments against the perpetrators.

Nickolay Mladenov, the UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, has repeatedly condemned the slow investigation….more

Israel Attacks Jerusalem Palestinian Hospital

by Stephen Lendman

Israeli viciousness has no limits. No high crimes are too heinous for its forces to commit – reflecting longstanding institutionalized racism, treating Palestinians brutally, the reason for courageous intifada resistance.

Palestinians have no safe havens. Fair game are attacks on schools, mosques, residential neighborhoods, fishermen at sea, farmers in their fields, children at play and hospitals, treating sick, wounded and dying patients – depraved acts committed by a ruthless regime unaccountably.

Its daily high crimes are so numerous, it’s hard keeping up – a recent one, involving an attack on Jerusalem’s Al-Makassed Hospital.

Soldiers rampaged through its wards, firing tear indiscriminately. Children, intensive care and other patients, as well as medical staff and visitors suffered the effects of toxic tear gas inhalation, potentially lethal at times, the sick and weak most vulnerable.

The hospital administration issued an emergency press release, calling on international human rights and legal groups to intervene against Israeli lawlessness – stressing its forces attacked the facility six times since October 1.

Instead of respecting the hospital’s sanctity, searches are conducted for stone-throwers and others resisting regime high crimes, part of Israel’s unrestrained state terror.

Palestinians are longstanding victims of its viciousness, showing no restraint, murdering them in cold-blood daily, injuring many thousands, children treated as brutally as adults.

The world community consistently turns a blind eye to their suffering – siding with extreme criminality against long denied justice.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected].

His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”

Visit his blog site at


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