Israeli Daily: Duma Crime Assailants an Organized Jewish Gang

TEL AVIV, August 3, 2015 (WAFA) – Jewish assailants who set a house ablaze and killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh in the Nablus village of Duma last Friday are part of an organized Jewish gang that has torched mosques, churches and Palestinian homes over the past year, the Israeli daily Haaretzrevealed on Monday.

It said the gang, which consists of several dozen people, is mainly centered in West Bank outposts but wanders all over Israel, including within the Green Line, and strives to enforce Jewish law.

“Assailants have more ambitious aims than in the past, such as destabilizing the country and establishing a new regime to be based on Jewish law,” it said.

“The terrorists came to the conclusion that mosque fires were old hat, and that a broader approach was needed,” added Haaretz.

It said that ‘some of these ideas were expressed in documents confiscated from Moshe Orbach, 24, a Jewish fanatic who was charged last week in the torching of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the Kinneret shore.’

Moshe Orbach had written the document, titled “The Kingdom of Evil,” which targets to escalate attacks against religious sites and Arabs, and offers practical suggestions for how to avoid surveillance and questioning.

Last Friday, Israeli settlers killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and seriously injured his entire family during a predawn arson attack that targeted two homes in the village of Duma, south of Nablus.

Meanwhile, B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, said the attack was only a matter of time. It argues that Israel’s failure to penalize criminal Jewish terrorists who have conducted similar attacks in the past was an incentive for terror settler organizations.

“This [attack] is due to the authorities’ policy to avoid enforcing the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians and their property. This policy creates impunity for hate crimes, and encourages assailants to continue,” it said.

According to B’Tselem statistics, since August 2012, Israeli settlers set fire to nine Palestinian homes in the West Bank. 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.

It said the fact that Israeli police and other law enforcement bodies have failed to solve these attacks was “not fate”, but rather “the result of a policy expressed throughout all levels of the law enforcement system … including the Prime Minister.”

It continued, “Official condemnations of this attack are empty rhetoric as long as politicians continue their policy of avoiding enforcement of the law on Israelis who harm Palestinians, and do not deal with the public climate and the incitement which serve is backdrop to these acts.”

“In light of this, the clock is ticking in the countdown to the next arson attack, and the one after,” said the center.