Mar. 31, 2017
Israeli Firebomb Victim Asks EU to Stop Supporting Palestinian Terrorists – Tovah Lazaroff
Ayala Shapira, 13, spoke on Tuesday about the impact of a firebomb landing on the car seat next to her in December 2014, as she urged the European Union in Brussels to stop the Palestinian Authority from funding terrorism. “I saw a ball of light coming towards us….The ball of light shattered my window….I remember that everything around us was burning. I thought I was going to die,” Ayala said. “My entire left side was on fire, but I couldn’t free my seat belt with my left hand, so I put my right hand into the flames, too.”
Ayala’s mother, Ruth, recalled, “I saw the extent of Ayala’s injuries only after she entered the house, in the light. She had horrible burns on her face and neck, on her chest, on her back and on the palms of both her hands….Ayala was hospitalized for three weeks in intensive care, for two months in the regular ward and an additional five months in a rehabilitation ward….She has undergone six operations and is expected to undergo more surgery in the future.
Ruth described for the assembly how Ayala must wear a pressure garment 24 hours a day and cannot be exposed to sunlight. She wears a special mask to protect her face, so that only her eyes and lips are showing.
Ayala said, “One of the terrorists who threw the firebomb at our car was a 16-year-old boy. He did it, among other reasons, to help his family economically; he knew that if he is put into prison, the Palestinian Authority would take care of them.” Ruth explained that the terrorists’ families receive a monthly salary from the Palestinian Authority. “This is money they receive from you, from the countries of the European Union, who transfer hundreds of millions of euros a year to the Palestinian Authority.” (Jerusalem Post)