Friends of Refugees

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Refugees in Jerusalem firebombed again

Posted by Christopher Coen on July 12, 2012

Its happened again. Someone had fire bombed an Eritrean refugee couple’s apartment in Jerusalem in the middle of the night. The 32-year old man suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. Last month someone firebombed an apartment in Jerusalem at 3am in the morning in which ten Eritrean asylum seekers slept. In late April and early May of this year assailants firebombed several homes and a kindergarten in Tel Aviv. Then in May, a mob rampaged through south Tel Aviv attacking black people at random. An article in +972 Mag details the latest attack:

The apartment of an Eritrean couple in Jerusalem went up in flames last night, in what looks like another arson attack. Haaretz reports that at around 3 a.m., the man and the woman, who is seven months pregnant, awoke and tried to stamp out the fire with their feet. There are times when events are so horrible, it’s hard to find any words and easy to feel paralyzed with misery.

The Hebrew Haaretz story adds that the 32-year old man suffered second-degree burns over 20 percent of his body. And because of the woman’s advanced pregnancy, both will be kept in the hospital for some time. Given recent stories about the high rate of infections in Israeli hospitals, this puts their fetus at risk. If, god forbid, anything happens, will the perpetrators be charged with that crime too? That is, if they are ever found?

Does anyone know what a second-degree burn feels like? … Read more here

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