Israel Police Arrest Groom From 'Wedding of Hate' Video Clip

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

Israel Police arrested the groom from the so-called "wedding of hate," a video of which was revealed last week. Police also arrested four others, including an Israel Defense Forces soldier and two minors.

Video footage from the Jerusalem wedding, broadcast on Channel 10 last week and confiscated by the police, shows traditional dancing 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.

Earlier on Tuesday, police detained Daniel Pinner, a 50-year-old resident of Tapuah, a West Bank settlement, who was seen dancing with a weapon in the video clip. His attorney claims the weapon was a toy.

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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.