Sunday, October 30, 2016
Israeli wedding guests who were filmed celebrating the death of a Palestinian toddler and his parents in a firebombing at their West Bank home are charged with inciting terror
Given what Israelis have suffered in attacks by Arabs, this can surely be forgiven. Besides, when is a celebration an incitement? It is looking back, not looking forward
Prosecutors have charged a groom and 12 Israeli wedding guests, including the groom, with inciting violence after they were caught on camera celebrating the murder of a Palestinian toddler and his parents, who died after their home was firebombed by Jewish settlers.
Ali Saad Dawabsha, who was 18 months old, died when his home in the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank, was attacked in July 2015.
Ali's parents died later from severe burns. His badly burned brother Ahmed, aged five, was the sole survivor.
In December last year the suspects - eight men and five teenage boys - were filmed waving guns and stabbing a photograph of the dead child at a wedding.
A Star of David and the words 'revenge' and 'long live the Messiah' were spray-painted on a wall near the Dawabshas' small house.
A Jewish settler, Amiram Ben-Uliel, 21, was charged in January with murder, attempted murder, arson and conspiracy to commit a hate crime.
The Times of Israel said Ben-Uliel claimed to have carried out the firebombing in retaliation for the murder of another Jewish settler, Malachy Rosenfeld, by a Palestinian gunman.