Reham Dawabsheh (27), mother of the 18-month-old Ali who was burned alive in an Israeli settler arson attack on 31 July, was announced dead of her wounds on Monday morning.
Reham was announced clinically dead on Sunday 6 September, since all her organs stopped working except for her heart. Her family were called to the hospital to bid the last farewell.
The mother suffered third-level burns on 60-90% on her body.
The tragedy started when extremist Israeli settlers overnight threw firebombs into her house in Duma village northern West Bank, on 31 July.
Reham’s son, Ali, was killed on the spot, and his father, Sa’ad died of his wounds one week later. Ahmed, the family’s 4-year-old son was also injured in the attack, and is staying in the Tel Hashomer hospital.
Since the attack, Israel claimed to conduct a crackdown on “Jewish extremism”. However, the Israeli police announced they were unable to identify the attacker, and asked for help to find leads to the suspect.
The IOF detained an unknown number of suspects, but these were released without providing any details.
PLO Secretary General Dr. Saeb Erekat expressed grief and deep condolences on the news.
Erekat said that if Israel is not stopped and held accountable then Reham will not be the last victim of Israeli terror.
“There is a culture of hate that has been developing in Israel by supporting settlements and Apartheid. The assassination of the Dawabsheh family reflects the clear connection between hate speech, settlement expansion and the impunity granted to Israel by the International community.”
“Over a month has passed and the Israeli government hasn’t yet brought the terrorists to justice.” Erekat added. “In fact more hate-speech and incitement have been coming out from members of the Israeli government, more settler attacks have been carried and more Palestinians have been killed, injured and/or detained.”
Erekat held the Israeli government fully responsible, and called upon the international community to protect the Palestinian people under occupation, and to put an end to Israel’s culture of impunity.
To his part, president Abbas expressed deep condolences and announced 3 days mourning for the soul of Reham.
The reconciliation government, on the other hand, said that the blame goes primarily to the Israeli occupation government which allows and encourages settler extremism through the ongoing theft of land and illegal settlements. In addition to letting the extremist settlers roam free without any charges being held against them.