Addressing the death early Friday of a one-and-a-half year-old Palestinian infant in an arson attack on a house in the Palestinian village of Douma, near Nablus in the West Bank, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said ”I am shocked and worried about the wave of terror that is rising from within us.”
The baby was burned to death and three of his family members were seriously wounded when the house was set on fire.
”The murder of the baby was a despicable crime stemming entirely from blind hatred which must stop. When the extremists hurt innocent people, they hurt our identity and all the values we support,” Edelstein stated.
Edelstein also commented on the stabbing attack at the Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on Thursday, saying such acts ”bring us, as a society, to the edge of the abyss.”
”This was a shameful act which must be condemned unequivocally,” he added. ”The rifts in our society are growing wider. It is our duty to give freedom of expression to every sector and never resort to violence. I call on the authorities to prosecute the assailant to the full extent of the law.”
Six people were stabbed in the attack, allegedly perpetrated by Yishai Schlissle, a 50-year-old ultra-Orthodox man who was released from prison three weeks ago after serving a 10-year sentence for committing a similar crime at the 2005 Gay Pride parade in the capital.