Israeli court convicts seven over wedding video celebrating arson | News from the occupied West Bank
In 2015, Israeli wedding guests celebrated an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents.
An Israeli court has convicted seven Jewish men of inciting violence and terror and a slew of other charges for their involvement in a 2015 wedding in which attendees celebrated an arson attack that killed a Palestinian child and her daughters. parents.
The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday found the seven guilty of a series of offenses after they “glorified with dance and song the murder of the Dawabsheh family” in a firebombing in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. illegal Jewish settlers in July 2015.
Another man, the wedding singer, was found not guilty and acquitted.
Incitement charges carry a maximum prison sentence of five years.
A sentencing hearing was scheduled for November, according to the Israeli daily Haaretz.
The attack on the village of Duma in the occupied West Bank killed 18-month-old Ali and his parents Riham and Saad and sparked outcry from Palestinians and Israelis alike.
Months after the attack, video of a wedding shown on Israeli television showed guests brandishing guns and dancing to music with lyrics calling for revenge, while some stabbed pictures of Ali Dawabsheh.
The wedding songs contained lyrics such as “the mosque will burn” and “the mosque will explode”.
The court found the men guilty on charges that included incitement to violence or terror, according to the Justice Department.
One was found guilty of inciting racism, supporting a “terrorist” group and illegal possession of a weapon, while another was found guilty of a weapons charge, according to Haaretz.
“I found the inciting nature of the incident to be obvious to all, clear, indisputable,” Judge said.
One of those convicted on Wednesday, Dov Morell, said on Twitter: “My actions do not represent who I am today, and I regret them.”
But he added: “I don’t think it constitutes a crime and it looks like I will be appealing the conviction.”
There was no immediate comment from the other defendants.
Around 700,000 Israeli Jews live in more than 200 illegal settlements across the West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem, often under the protection of armed Israeli soldiers.
Some also live in dozens of unauthorized outposts dotted around the Palestinian territories – also illegal under Israeli law.
Settler attacks on Palestinians and their property, with the protection and support of the Israeli military, are commonplace and occur regularly throughout the West Bank.
Palestinian leaders want to establish a state in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the beleaguered Gaza Strip – territories seized by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war.
Palestinians, who have limited autonomy in the West Bank, say Israeli settlements are depriving them of a viable state.
Settlements are illegal under international law.
Israeli settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank and occupied East Jerusalem has continued under every Israeli government since 1967.