Police Investigate Wedding Video of Settlers Dancing With Weapons and Singing Revenge Songs

The video also shows one guest stabbing a photo of the Palestinian boy killed in the Duma firebombing.

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Jewish youths dancing at a Jerusalem wedding
Chaim Levinson
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The Judea and Samaria district police said on Thursday it opened an investigation into a video shot at a wedding which shows Jewish radicals stabbing a photograph of the Palestinian toddler who was killed in the Duma firebomb attack. A statement said the inquiry commenced a few days ago.

The police said they were looking into the "numerous and serious offenses seen in the video," including those who were careless with their weapons. The police intends to question those responsible and to revoke their gun licenses.

The video shows Orthodox youths at a Jerusalem wedding singing songs of revenge and dancing with guns and knives. One masked youth holds up a firebomb, while another is seen stabbing a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the toddler killed along with his parents in the West Bank arson attack earlier this year.

According to Channel 10, IDF-issued rifles and licensed pistols were passed around at the reception from hand to hand, including to children. The wedding was of a couple “very well known in the radical right,” said the report.

The video was condemned across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the "shocking images" expose "the real face of a group that poses danger to Israeli society and security." Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni also denounced the video, calling those who participated "a group that wants to destroy Jewish Israel."

Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog wrote on Twitter, “They’re crazy. You miserable people, you’ve forgotten what it is to be Jews. You disgrace your skullcap, your prayer shawl and the name of God. Whoever dances at a wedding and celebrates the murder of a sleeping baby is not Jewish and not Israeli. He should be put behind bars as quickly as possible.”

Chief Rabbi David Lau also responded to the broadcast, saying, “Acts like these are not the way of Judaism. This is a rejection and repudiation of the values of the Jewish people, of the Torah of Israel and the uniqueness of the Jewish people. Parents and educators must take it upon themselves, along with law enforcement, to do everything possible to prevent this appalling identification with such frightful acts of terrorism and murder.”

The clip itself is only a small part of the total gathered evidence, which was sent to the prosecutor's office for review.

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