Is­rae­li pro­se­cu­tors char­ge 13 pe­o­p­le for moc­king Pa­les­ti­ni­an ba­by’s de­ath

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

ISRAEL - Pro­se­cu­tors in Israel char­ged 13 pe­o­p­le yes­ter­day with in­ci­ting vi­o­len­ce and ter­ro­rism af­ter a wed­ding vi­deo showed far-right Jews dan­cing with guns and kni­ves and guests moc­king the de­ath by ar­son of a Pa­les­ti­ni­an toddler.

The ama­teur vi­deo of the wed­ding in Je­rusa­lem in De­cem­ber was broad­cast on Is­rae­li te­le­vi­si­on, cau­sing an out­cry. Pri­me Mi­nis­ter Ben­ja­min Ne­ta­nya­hu said its “shoc­king images show the true fa­ce of a group that con­sti­tu­tes a danger” to Is­rae­li so­ci­e­ty. Court of­fi­ci­als in Je­rusa­lem said 13 wed­ding par­ti­ci­pants - in­clu­ding the bri­de­g­room - we­re in­dic­ted on Wed­nes­day on char­ges of in­ci­ting vi­o­len­ce or ter­ro­rism. The cri­mes car­ry a pe­nal­ty of up to fi­ve ye­ars’ im­prison­ment. Pleas ha­ve yet to be en­te­red. In the vi­deo, one dan­cing ce­le­brant stab­bed a pic­tu­re of 18-month-old Ali Da­wabshe whi­le others wa­ved as­sault ri­fles, kni­ves and what ap­pe­a­red to be a petrol bomb. Wed­ding songs con­tai­ned ly­rics such as “the mosque will burn” and “the mosque will ex­plo­de”. The boy and his pa­rents died af­ter their ho­me in the vil­la­ge of Du­ma in the oc­cu­pied West Bank was set ab­la­ze in Ju­ly 2015. A 21-ye­a­rold Je­wish sett­ler was char­ged last Ja­nu­a­ry with ra­ci­al­ly mo­ti­va­ted mur­der, and a se­cond Je­wish de­fen­dant, a mi­nor at the ti­me of the in­ci­dent, was char­ged as an ac­ces­so­ry. Pa­les­ti­nians ha­ve long com­plai­ned about at­tacks and ha­rass­ment by far-right sett­lers in the West Bank and ac­cu­sed Israel’s right-wing govern­ment of not do­ing en­ough to rein them in. Ne­ta­nya­hu, who has been de­a­ling with a mo­re than year-long wa­ve of Pa­les­ti­ni­an street at­tacks, has pled­ged to ta­ke “firm ac­ti­on against ter­ro­rism, no mat­ter who its per­pet­ra­tors are”. (Reu­ters.com)

Mi­grants run past a burning ma­kes­hift shel­ters in the ‘Jun­gle’ on the third day of their eva­cu­a­ti­on and trans­fer. (Pho­to: REU­TERS)

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