I keep hoping for a trigger event. Like the time that the
US government seemed determined to continue the
war in Viet Nam.
Then, a picture of a screaming nine year old naked child, with her clothes having
been burned off and the look of absolute terror all over her young face
appeared on the front page of the New York Times. Suddenly, this became a
trigger event and Americans began wondering if this was the way to peace in Viet Nam.
I also think of all the preaching in
denouncing segregation as an evil system.
Very little changed. Then one
day, Rosa Parks simply said, “I’m not going to sit in the back of the
bus.” That became the trigger event that
lead to the civil rights of African Americans all over the southland. Montgomery, Alabama
I had hoped that the deliberate murder of 23 year old Rachael Corrie would have generated enough of a backlash that finally the
government would rise up and say, this has gone too far. But in spite of the gory details of a
multi-ton bulldozer crushing the life out of a young American girl,
condemnation of Israel
gained little traction. Then, when
Israel bombarded Gaza last summer for 51 straight days, I thought, surely this
massacre of over two thousand people will spark a reaction
to Israel’s senseless claim to own all of Palestine because “God” gave it to
the Jews”. Yet again, when the bombs stopped falling and Gaza
was left a pile of rubble, the nations of the world, especially the US, considered
the conflict to be settled.
So, I ask, could the terrorist attack that burned little 18 month old Ali Dawabsha alive while he was sleeping in his own bed, become the trigger event that calls into question the whole oppressive regime of Israel’s occupation? At least, people are talking about it. The Associated press reported in American newspapers:
Israel intensified its crackdown on Jewish extremists Sunday imprisoning two high profile ultranationalist Israelis for six months without charge and arresting additional suspects in West Bank…The crackdown comes after a deadly July 31 firebomb attack on a Palestinian home in the West Bank that killed an 18 month old and his father and severely wounding his mother and brother.
One can only imagine the panic and fear that gripped two parents who in spite of exploding flames tried to save their children.
Netanyahu is “shocked”, he said. But he could not be surprised. He appointed as Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked, who actively called for the genocide of Palestinians and championed calling their children “little snakes.”  It was Netanyahu who had called for the bombardment of Gaza where 500 children were burned, blown up or crushed to death in what he called “revenge,” the very same word those who burned little Ali and his family alive spray painted on the wall of his house. And Netanyahu continues to provide state funds and weapons to every settler and refuses to crack down on the thousands of settler violence targeting Palestinians. It was only a matter of time.
There have been some 2,100 settler attacks since 2006, including 120 in the 222 days of 2015 so far… only 1.4% of those who murder Palestinian children are ever indicted. Juliana Farha says, “This might be news to you, but rest assured that Bibi knows all about it.”
Shahd Abusalama, writing for Mondoweiss:
As one who carries the memories of many brutal Israeli attacks on
this claimed “shock” didn’t hit me. It rather outraged me at Israel’s crocodile
tears and pretentious humanitarianism, despite its brutal military occupation
of West Bank, the continued expansion of
its illegal settlements, the suffocating siege of the Gaza Strip that remain in
ruins after Israel’s genocidal war last summer, and its ongoing assertion of
itself as a “Jewish State” not a state for its citizens, as it discriminates
against 1948 Palestinian citizens of Israel, or what its leaders call a
“potential fifth column.”
Netanyahu had to say something, no matter how disingenuous it might be. More than 2,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv to protest the killing. Gilad Erdan, a member of Netanyahu’s cabinet said, “A nation whose children were burned in the Holocaust needs to do a lot of soul searching if it bred people who burn other human beings.” Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, compared Jewish terrorist to
David Grossman wrote in the daily newspaper, Haaretz, “I can’t get this baby,
Ali Dawabsheh, out of my mind. Israeli president Reuven Rivlin said, “I feel a sense of
shame, and moreover a sense of pain. Pain over the murder of a small boy. Pain
that from my people, there are those who have chosen the path of terrorism, and
have lost their humanity.”
A prime example of "lost humanity" was when Nasar Jaber, a Palestinian youth in Ramallah simply wished a young soldier at a check point to have a “good day.” The soldier stopped him. “Am I your friend to wish me a good day? The soldier then struck Jabar in the head with the butt of his rifle, fracturing his jaw, and detained him two hours before allowing him to be taken to a hospital.
According to B’Tselem, in the past three years since August 2012, Israeli citizens set fire to nine Palestinian homes in the
Additionally, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a Palestinian taxi, severely
burning the family on board. No one was charged in any of these cases… In
recent years Israeli citizens set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques,
businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West
Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in
many of them the Police did not even bother to take elementary investigative
Again, could the murder of little Ali Dawabsheh become the trigger event that turns the tide of
opinion against Netanyahu’s reign of terror?
For the first time in decades, it seems possible.
August 19, 2015
 Daniel Estrin,
Israel Holds Jewish Extremists, The Atlanta
Journal-Constitution, August 10, 2015.
 David Harris-Gershon, You Aren’t “Shocked” Jewish Settlers Burned a Palestinian Baby Alive, Netanyahu You’re complicit. Tikkun Daily August 1, 2015.
 The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) reported by Juliana Farha, Someone Else’s
Dawabshe Tragedy and Picturing Palestine. Mondoweiss, August 13, 2015
 Shahd Abusalama, The Burning of a Palestinian child: not an exception, but results of Zionism, Mondoweiss, August 1, 2015.
 David Pratt, Something is Rotten in the State of Israel, Information Clearing House, August 10, 2015.
 Allison Duger, Mother of Palestinian Baby Burned to death tried to Save her Child, Mondoweiss, August 2, 2015
, July 30, 2015 International Middle East Media
 Press releases from B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the
A Burned Infant was only a Matter of Time in view of Policy to Not Enforce Law
on Violent Settlers. published July 31, 2015. Occupied Territories