CIVILIZATION, SAVAGISM, AND THE PRESENCE OF BURNING CHILDREN Robert O. Smith n the early morning hours of July 31, 2015, a Palestinian home was firebombed in the West Bank village of Duma. Flames killed 18-month- I old Ali Saad Dawabshe and severely injured his parents and 4-year-old brother. Two homes attacked that night in Duma were spray-painted with the Hebrew words “Revenge” and “Long live the king messiah,” alongside a Star of David. Although Jewish settlers from a nearby outpost likely per- petrated the crime, no suspects were immediately identified. Ali’s father died a week later. The previous evening, an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settler had stabbed six people attending a Pride Parade in Jerusalem. 16-year-old Shira Banki died from her wounds days later. The attacker had just been released from serving ten years in prison for attacking a similar parade in Tel Aviv. These violent acts by religious settlers sparked a ferocious debate within Israeli society. Thousands of Israelis took to the streets and attended rallies in town squares in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, condemning these and other acts of xenophobic violence. Although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offered his condolences, it was President Reuven Rivlin who seemed to express the
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Published: Jun 1, 2016
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