Israel Police Detain Man Filmed Dancing With Gun in 'Wedding of Hate' Clip

Attorney representing 50-year-old resident of West Bank settlement says he was dancing with a toy, not a weapon, in the notorious wedding video.

Chaim Levinson
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Screenshot from wedding video shows men burning a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, a Palestinian baby killed with his mother Reham and father Saad in the arson attack on the family home in Duma.
Screenshot from wedding video shows men burning a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, a Palestinian baby killed with his mother Reham and father Saad in the arson attack on the family home in Duma. Credit: Courtesy of Channel 2
Chaim Levinson
Chaim Levinson

The Israel Police detained on Tuesday Daniel Pinner, a 50-year-old resident of Tapuah, a West Bank settlement, who was seen dancing with a weapon in the controversial video clip of a recent religious wedding in Jerusalem.

Pinner's attorney claims the weapon was a toy.

The video footage, broadcast on Channel 10 last week and confiscated by the police, shows traditional dancing at the wedding, three weeks ago, during which guests with earlocks and yarmulkes were brandishing guns and knives. One masked youth is holding what appears to be a firebomb, and another man is seen stabbing a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the toddler who was killed along with his parents in the firebomb attack in the Palestinian village of Duma in July.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu strongly condemned the “shocking images” displayed in what has been called an "extremist" video clip. For their part, the media have referred to the event as "the wedding of hate."

The police announced that they will continue to investigate wedding participants for improperly and dangerously using weapons, and added that they will also look into suspicions of possession of guns without a license, and will cancel such permits if they exist. Persons appearing in the video with weapons, and the person with the picture of the Dawabsheh baby, will be questioned by the police for possible incitement to violence.

Others guests – some of them known to the police and security services – will be investigated on suspicions of violating house arrest orders or limitations imposed by the authorities on their movements. Some guests are suspected of violating bans on meeting others by attending the wedding, and/or of belonging to an illegal organization.

Publication of the video has sparked a storm among the national religious public.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon showed the footage to the heads of regional and local councils in the West Bank, who later issued a statement supporting the Shin Bet security service in its investigations of extremist right-wing Jews.

On Saturday, Ya'alon called for politicians from the right to undertake a “self-examination” in the wake of revelations of possible terrorist acts by such individuals.

In response, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of Habayit Hayehudi party associated with the religious Zionist movement, hinted on his Facebook page that Ya’alon is exploiting the murders in Duma in a cynical way in order to “silence or blacken the name of the entire national camp.”

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