Father of Palestinian Toddler Killed in Arson Attack Dies in Hospital

09westbank-master675 RAMAT HASHARON, Israel — A Palestinian man who was severely burned in an arson attack last week that killed his 18-month-old son died of his wounds early Saturday, according to a hospital spokeswoman. Saad Dawabsheh, 32, was to be buried later Saturday. The July 31 firebombing of his family’s home in Duma, a West Bank hamlet, killed Mr. Dawabsheh’s son, Ali, and also badly burned his wife, Riham, 27, and their other son, Ahmad, 4. Both of them remained hospitalized Saturday with life-threatening injuries. Jewish extremists are suspected in the firebombing, which was branded a terrorist attack by both Israeli and Palestinian politicians. Inbar Gutter, a spokeswoman for Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, said Mr. Dawabsheh had died early Saturday morning. Dr. Motti Klein, who runs the hospital’s intensive care unit, said in a statement that Mr. Dawabsheh had arrived in critical condition, with severe burns covering 80 percent of his body. Mr. Dawabsheh underwent several operations at the hospital, where he remained sedated and on a respirator, but his condition had deteriorated over the past few days, Dr. Klein said. A neighbor of the Dawabsheh family, Mohammad Dawabsheh — many residents of Duma share the same last name — said the men of the village had gathered in a mourning tent erected at the local school and were waiting for the body to be returned. “Everybody is sad, sadness has settled on the village,” Mr. Dawabsheh said by telephone. The sound of the Quran being recited was audible in the background. Nasser Dawabsheh, Saad Dawabsheh’s brother, told Ynet, an Israeli news website, that he had been informed his brother had died at 4:30 a.m. “Israel must arrest the settlers who perpetrated this murder and bring them to justice,” he said, according to Ynet. “Our face is to peace, but what happened reminds us of dark days in history, it reminds us of the deeds of the Nazis.” Witnesses and officials attributed the firebombing to Jewish extremists because of Hebrew graffiti sprayed nearby. “Revenge!” was written on one wall, next to a Star of David. It was perhaps the most shocking incident in a summer that has been marked by repeated violence. Source