The Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi David Lau, and politicians from across the spectrum in Israel denounced on Wednesday evening a video broadcast on Channel 10 News in which extremist teens were seen expressing joy during a wedding celebration over the murder of baby Ali Dawabshe in the Duma arson six months ago.
Rabbi Lau stressed in reference to the video that “acts like these are not the way of Judaism”, adding, “This is a rejection and repudiation of the values of the Jewish people, the Torah and the uniqueness of the Jewish people. Parents and educators must take on the mission, together with the law enforcement agencies, to do everything they can to prevent identification with such acts of terrorism and gruesome murder.”
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu denounced the video clip as well in a statement he released on Wednesday evening.
“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 ISA is to the security of us all,” said Netanyahu.
MK Bezalel Smotrich of the Jewish Home responded to the video, saying that “the bad ideology of ‘price tag’ is not religious Zionism, period. Anyone who does not understand this should watch the video that was broadcast today on Channel 10”.
“The surreal dance with a picture of a baby who was murdered in his sleep represents an ideology that is dangerous. We must unequivocally condemn this ideology and this behavior and make it clear that it is not part of the settlement enterprise, not part of religious Zionism and not part of the boundaries of legitimate democratic discourse in the state of Israel,” added Smotrich.
MK Shuli Muallem-Refaeli, head of the Jewish Home Knesset faction, described the video as “extraordinarily shocking”.
“The Dawabshe murder is an act that cannot be described as anything other than terrorism,” she said. “Acts such as these are contrary to Jewish halakha. It is clear that those photographed in the video are not part of religious Zionism,” she stressed.
Muallem-Refaeli expressed “disgust and revulsion at these acts”, and called on the Israeli security services to act against phenomena such as these with a heavy hand and only through legitimate means.
Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) commented on the video, saying that “the teens who danced at that wedding have lost their way. This is not our way. It is not the way of the people of Israel, not the Jewish way.”
“The cold-blooded murder of innocent people is the most despicable thing, and dancing and praising the murder is equally despicable,” added Hotovely.
Members of the opposition issued even harsher statements in response to the video. Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog, head of the Zionist Union party, described those in the video as “maniacs. You’ve forgotten what it means to be Jewish.”
“You have disgraced the kippah, the tallit (prayer shawl) and the name of G-d. Anyone who dances at a wedding and celebrates the murder of a baby is neither Jewish nor Israeli. We have to put such people behind bars as quickly as possible,” Herzog wrote in his Twitter account.
Yesh Atid chairman MK Yair Lapid added: “These people are a threat to the State of Israel and we must fight them like we fight Hamas or Hezbollah.”
“We should not only fight only against this Jewish Hamas, but also against the reality that gave birth to it in sin.
It’s time we speak out together – right, left and center – against extremism and against the crazy concepts that gave rise to this wedding of blood,” Lapid wrote on his Facebook page.