Formal ICC report filed over burning of Palestinian baby

Palestinian government files formal report with International Criminal Court over death of toddler who was burned alive in arson attack

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Palestinian children light candles during a rally to remember 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh

The Palestinian government filed a formal report on Monday with the International Criminal Court at the Hague over the death of an 18-month-old toddler, Palestine's Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced.

“Jewish Settler Terrorism” is the title of the report that was handed over to prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said in a statement.

Malki met with Bensouda to follow up on preliminary examinations into the situation in the occupied territories, Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

Malki said the document is “focusing on the arson but also including details of other attacks on Palestinians by Jewish settlers - was prepared on the orders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.”

The slain toddler, Ali Saeed Dawabsheh, was burned to death when Jewish settlers torched his family home in a village near the West Bank city of Nablus on Friday.

His parents and brother were also seriously injured.

The same settlers also sprayed graffiti on the house, in an example of the infamous “price tag” tactic, with words written in the Hebrew language translated as “revenge” and “long live the Messiah,” according to reports.

The Israeli Army called the assault “Jewish terror.”

The father of the dead infant, Saeed Dawabsheh, was able to rescue his wife Reham and his four-year-old son Ahmed but was unable to save Ali, the toddler, due to the lack of time that was available before the whole house collapsed.

Four Jewish settlers were seen fleeing the scene - along with several other local residents - towards the settlement of Maaleh Ephraim, local resident Mesalem Dawabsheh said.

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