Groom in 'Wedding of Hate' Charged With Animal Abuse

Yakir Eshbal and three friends filmed trying to hang dog from a tree with a chain.

A screenshot from the video taken at the wedding in Jerusalem, in early December. The clip has sparked a furor among the national-religious public.

Yakir Eshbal, the groom at a wedding where celebrants were filmed dancing with guns and stabbing a picture of the Palestinian baby killed in an arson attack in the West Bank last July, has been charged with animal abuse along with three friends.

One of the three had previously been interrogated on suspicion of involvement in the arson attack, which killed three members of the Dawabsheh family in Duma and seriously wounded a fourth. Another right-wing extremist, Amiram Ben-Uliel, has been charged with that attack.

The indictment filed on Tuesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court accused Eshbal and his friends of trying to hang a dog from a tree with a chain. Afterward, it said, they threw stones at the dog until it managed to run away.

The incident was documented on a videotape which was found during the investigation of the Duma murder.

According to the indictment, Eshbal can be heard on the video saying, “Come on guys, we can start.” Shortly afterward, the second defendant began pulling on the chain, hauling the dog upward until he was standing on his hind legs.