In the Media Line, an American non-profit news agency described as giving voice to all narratives, Linda Gradstein reports that Tag Meir, has launched a crowd-funding campaign to raise money for five-year-old Ahmed Dawabsha, whose parents and younger brother were killed in an arson attack in late July. He has not yet been told that his parents and brother were killed.
Israeli security officials have labelled the attack as “Jewish terrorism” based on racist slogans in Hebrew spray painted at the site.
Ahmed, is recovering in an Israeli hospital watched over by his grandfather Hussein. who has barely left his grandson’s bedside.
Gadi Gvaryahu, the chairman of Tag Meir, told The Media Line said. “This was a public sin and we all have to take responsibility.” He was among a group of Israelis who visited the Dawabsha family in the village of Duma after the firebomb attack, and has stayed in touch in ensuing week.
He says the Israeli government will pay damages to the Dawabsha family after the perpetrators are caught. But that could take months, and meanwhile Ahmed and Hussein need money to live on: “Hussein has not been working in almost seven weeks, and he is using a lot of money just to travel back and forth to the hospital . . . They really need the money and we have to provide for Ahmed’s future”.
The initiative comes at a time when Jews prepare to celebrate the holidays of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, and Yom Kippur, a day of fasting and repentance.
Donors to the Tag Meir campaign said they believed it was the least they could do. “Faced with hateful extremism it is important to do acts that show another side of Jewish culture,” Rabbi Yehiel Greniman, a board member of Tag Meir who works for Rabbis for Human Rights told The Media Line.
“Compassion is a basic Jewish value and it is desperately needed in this country today.”