Dawabsheh family case: controversy on payment for treatment and to deliver concrete information


On Thursday Palestinian Ministry of Health said that the Israeli Tel Hashomer Hospital demanded the ministry to pay the all costs of the treatment of Ahmad Dawabsheh.
According to the Palestinian Information Center (PIC),the ministry denied the statements of the head of Israeli Civil Administration Yoav Mordechai who claimed that Israel will bear the costs.
On October 25, 2015, the hospital asked the Palestinian ministry to make payment, estimated at 259,643 shekels, for treating Ahmad. The ministry paid the cost of a medical mask based on the hospital request, as reported by PIC.
Ahmad with his grandfather at the hospital.
Ahmad with his grandfather at the hospital.

Before, on October, 6, the hospital also demanded the ministry to pay 216,754 shekels for the treatment of the mother, Reham, who died of her wounds on September, 7.

Adding to the payment controversy, the Israeli authorities are failing to arrest the suspects and to deliver concrete information to the Dawabsha family.
On Wednesday United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov, expressed concern over the slow progress in bringing the perpetrators responsible for killing the Dawabsha family to justice: “I am concerned by the slow progress and call on the Israeli authorities to move swiftly in bringing the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.”
Hussein Dawabsha, Ahmad’s grandfather, said in a statement yesterday that “we are happy to learn that the security establishment arrested the murderers of my daughter, son-in-law, and grandson, after four months. No one updated us on the suspects’ arrests and we hope that they will be punished in the most severe manner.”
“I can’t bring back my family, but I want those murderers to look in little Ahmed’s eyes, and see what they did to him, how they killed his family”, Hussein added.
Ahmad Dawabsheh this week.
Ahmad Dawabsheh this week.

Thursday afternoon the Israeli police spokeswoman for Arab media, Luba al-Samri, confirmed that the Israeli police “recently arrested young men suspected of membership in a Jewish terrorist organization, and of carrying out different terrorist attacks.”

She also added that “specific suspicions are being examined about involvement in the abominable terrorist attack of torching the home of the Dawabsha family in the Palestinian town of Duma.”

On July 31, the village of Duma was awaken to an arson executed by extremist Israeli settlers who attacked and burned the family house while they were all asleep.

The baby Ali Saad, 18-month-old, died at the scene and the mother and father sustained critical burns that covered mostly 80% to 90% of their bodies. The father succumbed to wounds a week after while the mother while the mother died one month later.

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