Police detain guest from wedding video celebrating Duma attack

Marcy Oster

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Police have detained at least one guest at a wedding where Jewish revelers were captured on video celebrating the deaths of members of a Palestinian family in a firebombing.

The man detained Tuesday has been identified in the Hebrew-language media as a resident of Kfar Tapuach, a West Bank settlement, and a friend of the groom.

On Tuesday, the Times of Israel reported that two of the wedding guests were detained.

The video, which was filmed at a Jerusalem wedding earlier in the month and released Dec. 23 on Israel’s Channel 10, shows friends of the suspected assailants in the July attack on a home in the Palestinian village of Duma that killed three members of the Dawabshe family — a toddler and his parents.

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The party-goers are stabbing a photo of the Palestinian family and wave knives, rifles, pistols and Molotov cocktails. They also chant the words to a song that includes a verse from Judges 16:28, in which Samson says, “Let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes.” The crowd substitutes “Palestinians” for Philistines.

The youths in the video have been condemned from across Israel’s political and religious spectrum.

Police in the West Bank said last week that an investigation was launched several days ago “into the many serious offenses displayed in the wedding video,” Ynet reported. The investigation is being handled by the Nationalistically Motivated Crimes Unit of the West Bank police.

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