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Some thoughts in the car after visiting Ahmed, the brother of Ali Dawabsha, who is struggling for his life


IMG_0114This afternoon I visited the Sheba Medical Centre at Tal Hasomer in Israel, where Ahmed, the four year old brother of Ali Dawabsha, and their mother are being treated for very serious wounds. Ali — just a toddler, lost his life last night when their house in the Palestinian village of Douma was set on fire by settler extremists in a heinous terrorist act. I am at a loss for words to describe the emotions that I felt when I saw a child– as old as my own, struggling for his life.

Ahmed and his parents are looked after competently and with care and we should all pray for their recovery as their condition remains critical.

Nothing justifies the killing of children. There is nothing in the Jewish, Muslim or Christian religion that justifies– or calls for, the killing of children. There should be no impunity for the perpetrators of this crime. They should be brought to justice and tried in a court of law.

This crime was swiftly condemned by both Israeli and Palestinian leaders alike, by the UN, the EU and the US. However none of our words and statements will bring baby Ali back.

Earlier this morning someone responded to one of my messages with a tweet saying something like ‘ah, its just words’. I shot back quickly: no, words are important. Words can kill, but words can also save lives. We have a saying in Bulgaria that if you throw a stone at a person you can pick it up, but if you throw a word at a person — you can’t take it back. Words define who we are, what we stand for. The words we use today will be very important. They should help prevent more killings and tragedies, not incite violence.

I hope all this brings leaders to the realisation that the status quo cannot continue as is and it is time — not just in words, but in deeds, to move forward towards peace and a final settlement on the basis of a two state solution — Israel and Palestine, living side-by-side in peace, security and mutual recognition.

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