Palestinians File Report to ICC Over Deadly Arson Attack in Duma

International Criminal Court's prosecutor showed great interest in account of attack that killed Palestinian infant, seriously wounded three family members, Palestinian foreign minister says.

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Photos of Ali Saad Dawabsheh, an 18-month-old Palestinian killed by suspected Jewish extremists, lie in his firebombed house  in the West Bank village of Douma, Fri., July 31, 2015.
Photos of Ali Saad Dawabsheh, an 18-month-old Palestinian killed by suspected Jewish extremists, lie in his firebombed house in the West Bank village of Douma, Fri., July 31, 2015.Credit: AP
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki filed a report to the International Criminal Court in The Hague over the deadly arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma that killed a one-and-a-half year-old infant and seriously wounded three of his family members early Friday.

According to Malki, the report includes details about the Duma incident, as well as a general account of settlers' aggression against the Palestinians.

Malki added that a Palestinian team met with the ICC's prosecutor and her team, who showed great interest in the report.

The Palestinians have also filed a report with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva over the Duma attack, as well as a list of settler attacks against Palestinians.

In recent days, the Palestinian Authority has been collecting evidence and testimonies about the event in Duma, in addition to other events involving attacks on Palestinians by settlers.

Haaretz has learned that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has found a personal interest in reports published in recent days regarding a June arson attack on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes, in Tabgha, near Tiberias. He also expressed interest in reports about a Jewish extremist investigated by the police for his role in the arson, who was found in possession of a file explaining how to 'streamline' such attacks against Palestinians and non-Jewish holy sites.

According to senior Palestinian sources, the Palestinian Authority views the file as proof of a pattern of attacks by extremists, and that the incident in Duma and the church were premeditated and not spur of the moment hate crimes.

Abbas set off to Cairo on Monday to meet with representatives from the Arab League. According to the sources, he is expected to request diplomatic support for the ICC petition.

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