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Israel: Incitement convictions for 7 who mocked Dawabsheh murder

An Israeli court convicted seven people of incitement to violence and terrorism for their role in a 2015 wedding where far-right Jews were videotaped mocking a murdered Palestinian toddler

An Israeli court today convicted seven people of incitement to violence and terrorism for their role in a 2015 wedding where far-right Jews were videotaped mocking a murdered Palestinian toddler, Reuters reports.

One of the accused was also found guilty of supporting a terrorist organisation and incitement to racism, a court document said. An eighth defendant was acquitted.

The incitement charges carry a maximum five-year jail term. A sentencing hearing is due in October.

The wedding drew an outcry from both Palestinians and Israelis, coming months after one-year-old Ali Dawabsheh and his parents died in an attack by extremist Jewish Israeli settlers who set fire to their home in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

An Israeli court in 2020 convicted a Jewish settler of their murders and received three life terms. One of those convicted today, Dov Morell, said on Twitter: "My deeds do not represent who I am today, and I regret them." But he added: "I don't think this constitutes a felony and it looks like I will appeal the conviction."There was no immediate comment from the other defendants.

\In the video, one dancing celebrant stabbed a picture of the baby 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".

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