Yes, this is an event of major significance, and it deserves all the attention it has been getting [even though it is only one of many significant events here]. And, Ilene Prusher has an excellent report in the Jerusalem Post about the firebombing attack on a Palestinian taxi and the victims who were riding happily inside, until the moment of the attack in the southern West Bank during the last days in Ramadan.
The working theory is that one or more Israeli settlers threw the firebomb. The taxi was attacked near the Bat Ayin settlement. [And, the fact that the victims, who are Palestinian residents of the West Bank, were taken to an Israeli hospital for treatement is an indication that the Israeli military believes there is Israeli responsibility here.]
But first, here are some photos of the Palestinians who were attacked. The photos, by Active Stills, did not appear in the Jerusalem Post piece. This photo is posted here:
Active Stills caption: “A four-year old Palestinian child in intensive care at West Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on August 18, 2012, a day after he was seriously injured in a molotov attack by Israeli settlers on the taxi in which he was travelling with his family on the road from Bethlehem to Hebron, in the West Bank. The child, seen here with his grandmother, is from Nahalin, a small village west of Bethlehem that, after losing 60% of its lands to the nearby Israeli settlements, comes under regular attacks by Israeli settlers…”
Active Stills caption: “Hassan Hassan in intensive care at West Jerusalem’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital on August 18, 2012, a day after he was seriously injured in a molotov attack by Israeli settlers on the taxi in which he was driving on the road from Bethlehem to Hebron, in the West Bank. Hassan is from Nahalin … In the attack, which happened as the family was on the way to a breakfast at the mother’s family in Al-Arrub refugee camp and which took place in an area under exclusive Israeli security control, two children, the mother and father and the driver were seriously injured”.
Now, to Ilene Prusher’s report. Here’s a photo of the burned-out taxi, taken from a screen capture of the television footage, that illustrates this JPost piece:
Ilene writes: “On a day when the Jayada family planned to be at home celebrating the end of Ramadan, they instead paced the hallways of Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem on Sunday, as their loved ones’ lives hung by a thread…Two of the victims remain in intensive care, including Ayman Jayada, who is in a coma, Jamila, who is in serious condition, and Hassan, who is communicative but drowsy from the drugs used to ease the pain of the burns over most of his body”.