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Israelis visit at the scene of a house in the Arab village of Duma.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his condolences to the Dawabsha family on Monday following the death of Rihad Dawabsha, who was critically wounded in the Palestinian Authority village six weeks ago.

The Prime Minister called the firebombing attack on the Dawabsha home an “act of terrorism” and added, ” The security forces are doing their utmost to apprehend the assailants and bring them to justice.”


Virtually all international and Israeli media have assumed that Jews were responsible for the attack, but no suspects have been arrested. Several have been detained and released after it turned out there was no basis for suspicions.

The possibility that Arabs were behind the attack sounds like wishful thinking but cannot be ruled out, particularly since the attack took place in the middle of Duma and not at the outskirts, where it would have been easier for Jews to throw a firebomb and flee.

The Hebrew word for “revenge” was scrawled on a wall at the family home, leading to the assumption that Jews were responsible for the crime. However, it has been reported that the Dawabsha family has been involved in a violent feud with another family in the village.


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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.