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Screenshot from wedding video at celebration of nuptials of radical Jewish couple, broadcast on Israel's Channel 10.

A deeply disturbing video was broadcast on Israel’s Channel 10 television news Wednesday night that has shaken most of Israel’s population and its leadership.

WARNING: DISTURBING VISUAL GRAPHIC CONTENT.

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The footage shows radical Jewish youths celebrating at the wedding of a well-known extremist couple. The celebrants are seen dancing to music and waving around guns and knives, one stabbing a photo of an Arab couple and their baby who died in this summer’s arson of their home in Duma.

The film was screened in the office of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon with various activists present. Israel Police have opened an investigation into the video as well.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the video, saying, “The shocking pictures that were broadcast this evening show the true face of a group that constitutes a danger to Israeli society and to the security of Israel. We are not prepared to accept people who deny the laws of the state and do not view themselves as subject to them. The pictures underscore how important a strong Shin Bet is to the security of us all.”

Israel Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau said in a statement: “Such acts are not the way of Judaism. It’s a rejection and repudiation of the values of the Jewish people, of the Jewish Torah, and of the uniqueness of the Jewish people. Parents and educators must take it upon themselves, along with law enforcement, to do everything possible to prevent such horrifying identification with acts of terror and appalling murder.”

The Tzohar organization of religious Zionist rabbis also issued the following statement following the broadcast: “The deeply disturbing video clip should be viewed as a source of disgust and embarrassment for all of Israeli society. We call on all rabbis, political leaders and educators and all those who claim to represent these extremist evildoers to condemn their actions and positions in all ways possible and work to expel them from our midst. Our responsibility must be to defend and support our security forces who work tirelessly every day and night to defend us from those enemies who are committed to our national and personal destruction. “It is with the utmost pain that we view the phenomenon of encouraging violence against innocents. Such behavior is against the spirit of the Torah and against the most basic values which we hold dear.”

Avi Ro’eh, chairman of the Council of Judea and Samaria, viewed the complete footage in Ya’alon’s office and said he was completely stunned. “There were parts that I couldn’t watch. It’s shocking. We couldn’t believe there are such radical youths. This is a group that doesn’t belong to anything, and certainly not to us. What I was afraid of is occurring – we are being forced into a defensive position, even though I feel that we don’t have to defend ourselves. There will always be a few politicians who will try to goad us. These things don’t happen in our neighborhood.”

MK Betzalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home party said the the video illustrated the “evil price tag ideology,” which he said “is not the way of religious-Zionism, period… The demonic dance with the picture of the murdered baby represents a dangerous ideology and the loss of humanity,” he added.

The investigation into the arson murder that took the lives of the Dawabshe couple and their young baby continues; their four-year-old son is still receiving medical care at an Israeli hospital, with his grandfather by his side.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

17 COMMENTS

  1. The media are all buzzing about a wedding in which some hooligan nominally-religious, probably-drunk Jewish youths danced around with knives and a photo of the Arab baby killed in a molotov cocktail attack on an Arab home in West Bank. Wouldn't it be nice if leftist journalists were as horrified by real attacks with knives on actual Jews as they are by theatrical knife attacks on a photo?
    The wedding knife dancers are barbarian, idiotic, repulsive, sick, and evil. Deserving of spankings and hickory switches with no doubt. But criminal?
    The police have opened criminal investigation aiming at indicting them. Huh? Repulsive they may be, but why is it not protected speech? Why is every similar public Nuremberg rally by Israeli and 'Palestinian' Arabs deemed protected speech? No shortage of knife waving and threats to stab at THOSE celebrations! Remember when Sheikh Salah spoke at Haifa University and called on the Arab students to be suicide bombers and murder Jews?? THAT was protected speech!!
    Oh and I do not believe a word from the arrested suspects in the firebombing attack about how they were 'tortured' by the Shin-Bet.

  2. I'm a h-l of lot more disturbed by Shabak's acquisition of a private wedding video. Shabak can just steal a private video and then turn the video over to a tv network in order to defame a whole sector of society? private property, govt. led incitement against religious Jews, privacy laws, democracy anyone? It's not bad enough that there are first hand accounts of shabak torturing Jews and not a single mk has sought to meet with the incarcerated Jews. Now shabbak steals a wedding video and uses it to defame Jews.

  3. From palwatch.org:

    Child killer – The new Palestinian superhero

    Samir Kuntar who murdered a four-year-old Israeli
    by smashing her head with the butt of his rifle,
    is the newest PA – Fatah hero and role model

    Is the reason this is not report, and other daily occurrences, because they assume everyone knows it's same old, same old? My experience is that the majority is not aware of the daily and intense incitement to violence among the Palestinians that is engineered and encouraged by the PA.

    This one example is almost inconsequential. There are many much worse and, as I say, it's a daily on going campaign. Why the statements in Palestinian media are commonly not reported in Western media is unexplained. Yes, Palwatch is funded by biased sources, but what they report are simply honest translations of what's in popular Palestinian media. Shouldn't we know and understand this?

    Of course, this does not in any way excuse the same horror being made by the Israeli extreme right. While the government might be strongly condemning the news in the above article, they are simultaneously doing things like this reported in the Forward: "Lawyer for American 'Torture' Teen Held in Firebombing Turns to Israel Justice Minister".

  4. This is NOT VILE!
    Stop being a apologists to the goyim. They have yet to apologize to the Jews. When they celebrate Jews being murdered giving kids candies and dancing in the street publicly, what we do within the confines of indoors in no ones business. We too need to let off steam since our Rabbis make no denunciations with their non-Jewish counterparts or meet to plan to create peace as per religion and not murder and hate!

    This is something we have learned from the pagans(christians and islamists over the centuries. Pity it took so long to learn from it but actual demonstrations on them which teach them that Jews can be taught and will fight back so they better pick out peaceful things to teach such as co-existance.

  5. I guess all those who say this is not the Jewish spirit, not the Jewish way and Judaism rejects this, also condemn Mattityahu Ben Yohanan, his sons Yohanan, Simeon, Eliezer, Jonathan and Judah. And let’s not forget about that awfully evil, goyish Bar Kochba! He must be condemned, too.
    A good Jew walks quietly inside the gas chamber, he is not allowed to have emotions while he is facing elimination, unless of course he chooses to dance and celebrate his own murder. But hush! Not a word about the murderer!!! That’s not the Jewish way!

  6. This cannot be allowed at a Jewish Wedding. Some guests to that wedding did premeditatedly bring their poor taste and props to the wedding. Someone at that wedding had to try to stop the music when this was going on. Someone had the purse strings on that band, no? Even if they had been in the restroom while that was happening, someone should have told them what was happening.

    Even judging the dancers favorably, satire in form so bad during such a climate in the country, even if not intended as anything other than releasing frustration without actual violence, no public policy should condone it.

    Well, the Palestinian Authority would condone if it had been done by actual Arabs, and that is why we can't.

    Even more disgusting than this, is the government continuing to allow the Palestinian Authority which supports actual violence to continue to exist. Fatah lost it's last election and is only there by fiat of the Knesset.
    Agree to put stop to that, or how can you complain about things like this.

  7. Jews in Israel suffer to see that their government is asleep. Jews are murdered on a daily basis. Israel is not choked. One arab baby in a pictured is punctured. Israel is choked. The word is upside down. Israel is going down the drain thanks to those sitting at the Knesseth. From the other side they kill Jewish babies, crush their skuls and the culprit is let go by the Bibi government. I need explanation SOOOOOOOOOOOON.

  8. We don't have a normal government neither parliament. They are just bunch of corrupted hypocrites under whose deranged rule the country is falling apart and the enemies of Jews get stronger. Tragically, at least the Arabs are not hypocrites like so called Jews running our country, the tell us in face they hate us, wanna slaughter us all and they're consistently doing it at every opportunity presented. Oy vey to Israelis, foolishly thinking in neoliberal ways…they will all fall bcs of it. Dreams as much as they can be nice are nothing but just a dreams. Reality is something completely different here.

  9. So where is the hue and cry when the actual crimes of stabbings, baby killings, bombings – both suicide and mechanical acts of violence bestowed upon Israel and the western countries – Where is the media then? And just exactly where is the media’ “sensitivity” when the Rabbis recently have lost their lives from the despotic acts of sickness bestowed by the muslim extremists and their crazy ideals. At least these drunken, metaphorical acts of expressionism by the Israelis have not left families bereft – Where is the media when bombings – buildings, plane and market squares internationally is dragging the world into de-sensitivity to such acts by the lunatic fringe – No, this is not what should take precedence by the media – let the passing around of sweets – dancing in the streets by these muslims when they have blown up a western building, acted out a mass killing in the US and anywhere else for that matter be the re-invention of what “aghast” actually means.

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