Statement by the United Nations Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and
Development Assistance, Robert Piper, on the arson attack in the occupied West Bank
Jerusalem, 20 March 2016
This violent act could easily have resulted in a more tragic outcome, as did the heinous terrorist attack last July on the home of Mr. Dawabsheh’s relatives in the same village. Mr. Dawabsheh is the sole witness to that deadly arson attack which resulted in the death of 18-month-old Ali and his parents, and injuries to his 5-year-old brother Ahmad.
I call upon Israel, as the occupying power, to investigate this incident promptly and fully, to bring the perpetrators to justice and to take all possible steps to ensure that vulnerable Palestinian communities in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, are protected.
We must not permit such acts to foster hatred and escalate violence – this will only bring more personal tragedies and bury any prospect of peace. Today’s attack highlights the urgent need to work together to bring an immediate resolution of the conflict and an end to the occupation.”