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Three more arrested in far-right ‘hate wedding’ case

Cops pick up another group of revelers, including a minor and the wedding singer, for incitement and illegally handling guns

Screen capture from controversial Jewish right-wing wedding (YouTube)
Screen capture from controversial Jewish right-wing wedding (YouTube)

Police on Monday arrested three more people believed to have been involved in what has become known as the “hate wedding,” in which revelers danced with guns and a mock Molotov cocktail, and celebrated a firebombing attack that killed three members of a Palestinian family.

One of the three is a minor, who is seen dancing with a pistol in footage from the wedding, Channel 10 reported. Another was the wedding singer.

Amid the festivities, a photo of baby Ali Dawabsha, who was burned to death in the July 31 firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma, was shown being repeatedly stabbed.

The trio, who have not been named, will be investigated by police for incitement and illegally handling firearms.

Four people, including an IDF soldier and the groom in the now-infamous wedding, were arrested last week also for incitement and illegally handling firearms over their role at the wedding.

File: Yakir Ashbel (center), the groom from what came to be known as the 'hate wedding' is brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on December 31, 2015 after being arrested on suspicion of racist incitement at his wedding celebration. (Flash90)
File: Yakir Ashbel (center), the groom from what came to be known as the ‘hate wedding,’ is brought to the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on December 31, 2015, after being arrested on suspicion of racist incitement at his wedding celebration. (Flash90)

Three of them were released a few days later to house arrest.

The groom, Yakir Ashbel, claimed he was unaware of what was taking place at the wedding.

“I didn’t even see it. At my wedding I was in the clouds, not on the ground at all,” Ashbel told Channel 10 television last week. He called the footage “shocking,” but insisted that “there were about 600 people at my wedding, and this wasn’t something I agreed to. There were a million people. I don’t control what happens at my wedding. I’m just the groom; I didn’t even pay for the photographer or the singer.”

One of other suspects arrested last month was Daniel Pinner, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Tapuah, who was seen dancing at the wedding in a T-shirt bearing the name of the Kach movement, which has been banned since the early 1990s for racism. He told Channel 2 he was handed a toy weapon, and did not believe he had done anything in breach of the law.

Police opened an investigation before footage of the wedding was broadcast on December 23, specifically looking into the illegal handling of firearms during the reception.

Once the video was released, however, police announced that they had also launched an investigation into possible incitement charges against wedding-goers.

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