Hundreds Gather at Duma to Express Solidarity with the Village and Opposition to the Occupation

Hundreds of local residents, Palestinians from throughout the West Bank, Palestinian Arabs from inside Israel, and Jewish leftest activists from Hadash, including members of the Communist Party of Israel (CPI) and the Tarabut Movement attended a solidarity visit initiated by Hadash in conjunction with the popular committees in the region southeast of Nablus on Saturday, August 15, at the center of the village of Duma. The village was the site of a Jewish settler fire-bombing on July 31, which resulted in the deaths of two members of the Dawabsha family, 30-year old Saad who died of his wounds a week ago, and his 18-month old son, Ali, who died the day of the attack. Also critically wounded in the firebombing were the mother of the family, Riham, and their four-year-old son, Ahmad.

Part of the crowd attending Saturday's solidarity visit at Duma. Addressing the audience, MK Aida Touma-Sliman

Part of the crowd attending Saturday’s solidarity visit at Duma. Addressing the audience, MK Aida Touma-Sliman. In the poster above the stage are depicted the mortally wound victims of the atrocity Saad Dawabsha and his 18 month old son, Ali.

Among those participating in the Saturday visit were three MKs from Hadash – the Joint list: Dov Khenin, Aida Touma-Sliman, and Yousef Jabareen. Touma-Sliman and Jabareen spoke before the crowd as did Adel Amer, Secretary General of the CPI, Monsour Dehamsha, Secretary of Hadash, Gadi el-Gazi from Tarabut, and a number of local dignitaries.

All speakers stressed that, as terrible as the event at Duma is, it is not just a price tag operation. All the Palestinian villages in this area are surrounded by settler outposts operating under army protection. The area is adjacent to the Jordan Valley area, where the annexation efforts have been ongoing since the 1970s. Thus, Saturday’s solidarity visit was not intended to be another representative delegation or a condolence call, but rather an action intended to convey a clear political message against the occupation.