Three Suspects Seen in 'Wedding of Hate' Video Arrested

Five others seen in clip of Jerusalem event, where revelers are apparently glorifying the July firebombing of a Palestinian family’s home, have been released, including groom.

A screenshot from wedding video shows attendees brandishing weapons and a Molotov cocktail.
Courtesy of Channel 2

Israel Police arrested three people – two adults and one minor – on Monday as part of the ongoing investigation of a Jewish wedding in Jerusalem about three weeks ago that has been dubbed the "wedding of hate."

A video clip of the celebration, broadcast on Channel 10, shows revelers with earlocks and kippot who are seemingly glorifying the deaths of three members of the Dawabsheh family in the West Bank Palestinian village of Duma last July. One person is brandishing a Molotov cocktail, and weapons are also seen being passed around.

Five suspects, including the groom, who was detained following the wedding, have been released. The others, arrested last Tuesday, are a soldier, two minors and Daniel Pinner, a resident of the settlement of Tapuah, who is seen in the clip dancing while brandishing a weapon and wearing a shirt of the outlawed right-wing Kach movement, founded by the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Pinner's attorney said the firearm was a toy.

The investigation of the wedding is expected to be wrapped up in the coming weeks.

The video footage shows guests dancing with what appear to be weapons and knives. At one point a participant is seen stabbing a photograph of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed in the firebombing of his family’s home, along with his parents.

For his part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has roundly condemned the behavior seen in the video. After it was publicized, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon screened the clip for Jewish settlement council heads in the territories, who in turn published a statement in support of the Shin Bet security service, which has been investigating the Duma case. On Sunday, two suspects in that case were charged with murder.

The police have announced their intention to investigate people in the film who seem to be carelessly handling weapons, and add that they will seek to have the suspects' licenses to carry a firearm revoked. Those seen in the clip holding up the picture of Ali Dawabsheh will also be investigated on suspicion of incitement to violence and possession of a weapon without a license.

Other wedding guests will also be investigated, including some known to the security organizations, on suspicion of violating restraining orders, house arrest or other restrictions on their movements, or on suspicion of violating a ban on congregating with others at an event associated with an illegal organization.