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This Jewish child was #BurnedAlive in West Bank, but you probably never heard of her

Ayala-Shapira-Israeli-Girl-Firebombed-e1438608681472-620x437The firebombing of Ayala Shapira’s family was ignored by international media, as were her severe burn injuries.

All of Israel is reeling with shock at the news of the firebombing of the Dawabshe family’s home in the Palestinian village of Duma, in which 1 year old baby Ali Saad was killed and his parents and siblings very severely injured.

Prof. Jacobson covered the story in his post which also covered the 2011 stabbing death of Hadas Fogel in her crib by Palestinian terrorists.

Ali-Dawabsheh-Hadas-Fogel-e1438608778800[Ali Dawabsheh and Hadas Fogel]

I covered baby Ali’s story, the stabbing attack by an ultra-Orthodox man on the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade (in which one Israeli girl was killed and 5 others injured) and the reaction in Israel to these terrible attacks in my post on my own blog.

The reality is that firebomb (Molotov cocktail) attacks are frequent, and almost always by Palestinians against Israelis. In fact, barely a day goes by without such firebombings.

You may not remember, but last December another child was dreadfully injured in another firebombing – one which you may have heard of but which most people have probably forgotten because it was ignored by most of the media.  The child in question was an Israeli, one who lives in Samaria (what the MSM and anti-Israel NGOs and activists would consider an “evil settler” and therefore somehow a legitimate target).

11 year-old Ayala Shapira was travelling in the car with her father Avner late at night on her way home from a class for gifted children to their home in the settlement of Maale Shomron in Samaria.

A firebomb thrown by two Palestinians hiding at the side of the road not only hit the car, but smashed through the window and landed directly on Ayala, causing her to catch fire. Her father stopped the car and Ayala had the presence of mind to throw herself on the ground and roll on the floor to put out the flames. They were in a deserted spot about a kilometer from their home and help was slow in coming so Avner picked Ayala up in his arms and carried her home to wait for the emergency services.

Ayala was critically injured and fought for her life for several days. Miraculously, she began to recover and within a relatively short time she was transferred from the ICU to a regular ward and then to rehab, which is where she still is even now, over 6 months later.  She is allowed home for weekends and for bat mitzvah parties since she is in her batmitzvah year.

Her wounds are horrific and unbelievably painful but she bears her injuries stoically.

I have seen Ayala “up close and personal” since she is a very good friend of my granddaughter Noa. She and Noa had planned to make a joint batmitzvah this summer, but in the circumstances it was decided to celebrate separately.

Ayala celebrated her own batmitzvah a couple of months ago and Noa was one of the guests.

Then just a month ago Noa celebrated her own batmitzvah and Ayala was one of the guests.  She wore a complete face mask but even when she took it off she did not resemble how she used to look like. And her hands… it was awful. My heart went out to her.

Ayala shied away from the dancing so that she shouldn’t be touched or shoved. But at all times one or other of her classmates was with her so that she shouldn’t be on her own which greatly impressed me.

So this story has a relatively happy ending although Ayala is going to have to endure years of skin grafts, plastic surgery and physiotherapy in order to resume a normal life.

Ayala is not the first Israeli child to suffer horrific burns from firebomb attacks on cars, as this 2006 report shows:

In his post, Prof. Jacobson mentioned the dreadful murders of the Fogel family in Itamar in March 2011.  It is interesting to compare the media coverage of those murders to the media reporting of the murder of Ali Dawabshe.

Regarding the Fogel murders, contrary to the PA’s lip-service condemnation, Palestinian TV praised the murders; the BBC did not report it at all; Israel’s extreme-left Haaretz paper gave more prominence to the Japanese tsunami than the murders; and the rest of the MSM were not much better.

Ayala Shapira’s terrible injuries were barely reported either. Let’s have a look at some major media outlets:

  • The BBC did not produce even one single report on the attack as BBC Watch reported at the time.
  • The Guardian had one report in which the headline was “Israel hit back first”: “Palestinians arrested after firebomb attack injures girl“. Ayala Shapira’s name was never mentioned in the article, unlike Ali Dawabshe.
  • Searching The Independent brought up nothing although their search function was not operating properly.
  • The New York Times had one article describing the attack in neutral terms although they mentioned Ayala’s name and her father was quoted, this despite the fact that her grandfather is American.


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