Heirs of Hatred: Jewish Extremists Are Settlement Enterprise's New 'Pioneers'

A straight line links the arson-murder in Duma, the 'wedding of hate' video and a new law that passes funds to the settlements – and no one should be surprised.

Haaretz Editorial
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.
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.Credit: Screenshot
Haaretz Editorial

The wedding video aired on Channel 10 news on Wednesday night sent shock waves through Israel. The pictures of Jewish extremists dancing at the nuptials of friends from the settlements of Yitzhar and Kfar Tapuach, brandishing guns and knives, and singing revenge songs, went far beyond distasteful. One of the dancers was shown holding a firebomb menacingly in his hand, while his friend stabbed a photograph of the infant Ali Dawabsheh, who was burned to death in Duma over the summer. These acts triggered denunciations – and for good reason – from almost every quarter, including the prime minister, defense minister and some settler group leaders.

But the public response to this despicable event – as if it were an exceptional case, a “wild weed” in the settlers’ flower bed, boys gone rogue – is a typical deception of the settlers and their sympathizers.

No one should be surprised by this blood wedding, certainly not the settlers and their henchmen. On Tuesday, Jewish extremists carried out another terror attack, throwing smoke grenades at a Palestinian home in the West Bank while the parents and their baby slept inside. It is abundantly clear that these are not isolated incidents.

The settlers’ leaders cry out and demonstrate every evening against proceedings in the interrogation of their friends who are murder suspects in the Duma case. But at the same time, the new marauders, as well as those celebrating at the wedding, prove that some of the settlers have learned nothing from the Duma affair and are determined to continue their alleged crimes.

These Jewish extremists are the new “pioneers” of the settlement enterprise. Their ideological fathers also stopped at nothing – from land theft, to pogroms against Palestinians, to setting up underground terror movements. These new extremists are their heirs. That’s how it is in a crime-ridden neighborhood: When the foundation is criminal, the crimes that emerge from these rotten beds are expected inevitable – and no one should be surprised.

A straight line links the crime in Duma, the wedding video and a new law that was passed Thursday morning. The Knesset voted through Habayit Hayehudi MK Bezalel Smotrich’s proposal that allow the transfer of funds intended mainly for the construction of settlements from the government to the World Zionist Organization’s Settlement Division, and contrary to the express opinion issued by the deputy attorney general. This money will also benefit those who reveled in the blood of the infant from Duma.

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