The notoriously racist state-employed Chief Rabbi of Sefat Shmuel Eliyahu claims the “wedding of hate” video showing Hilltop Youth celebrating the arson-murders of a Palestinian baby and his parents is essentially a Shin Bet forgery.
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The notoriously racist state-employed Zionist Orthodox Chief Rabbi of Sefat Shmuel Eliyahu claims the “wedding of hate” video showing Hilltop Youth celebrating the arson-murders of a Palestinian baby and his parents is essentially a Shin Bet forgery, Arutz Sheva reported.
The video shows the group of Hilltop Youth, some of whom are active duty IDF soldiers, dancing to Dov Shurin’s notorious racist revenge song Zochreini Na while waving machine guns, knives and at least one molotov cocktail in the air. The slash a photo of the murdered Palestinian baby with their knives and then burn the photo.
But Eliyahu told Army Radio the video was bogus.
"It's just completely absurd. We were at dozens of weddings and didn't see anything like this, I can't rule out that Avishai Raviv cooked this up," Eliyahu said, citing the name of a Shin Bet agent the extreme right believes was behind the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin 20 years ago.
"I've never seen anything like this,” Eliyahu continued. “How is it that suddenly there's just one [wedding participant] and he's with a hoodie over his face and no one identifies him?"
A man with a mask over his face held the picture of the Palestinian baby aloft while other participants who are identified by police and the Shin Bet slashed it and later set it on fire.
The groom's parents now reportedly claim the wedding was “hijacked” by uninvited dancers with the picture.
"We're familiar [with Shin Bet tactics] and there have been things in the past. Reports were written by jurists about similar incidents in which the Shabak [Shin Bet] cooked [up incidents]. So why shouldn't I think that's also the case here? Someone has an interest here. Someone is enjoying this," Eliyahu said.
The bride’s father is allegedly Lenny Goldberg, a senior-level activist in the racist Kahane Chai group and its spinoffs. Many of the Hilltop Youth at the “wedding of hate” are associated with the Goldberg family and the Kahane groups. Eliyahu, however, did not mention this.
Eliyahu did condemn the arson-murder of the Palestinian baby and his parents, but he complained the media only focuses on their deaths and the deaths of other Palestinians but not the murder of Jews.
“It’s disproportionate.…120 Jewish children who were murdered are like nothing and these three” – the Palestinian baby and his parents killed by firebombs in the Douma (Duma) arson – “are the main thing. How did things get flipped, so that the murderers are the victims and the victims are the murderers?" Eliyahu complained.
Far more Palestinians than that have been killed and wounded by IDF and police fire. Israel claims those shootings were all justified. Palestinians and many international observers disagree. International human rights groups point specifically to what they say is a disproportionate use of force by Israel against rock-throwing children, some as young as 12-years-old. They also point to violent actions like the Douma arson taken by West Bank Hilltop Youth and many Jewish settlers' support for the Hilltop Youth despite those violent acts and note that until now the government has done little to stop them.
As a young man Eliyahu’s father, the late former Sefardi Chief Rabbi of Israel Mordechai Eliyahu, was a terrorist and revolutionary who plotted to overthrow the State of Israel to form a new theocratic government governed by halakha (Orthodox Jewish law).
Mordechai Eliyahu was arrested by the Shin Bet in 1951 and convicted at trial. But he served only 10 months in prison, despite being linked to a string of arsons and related crimes.
A decade later, he was appointed as a judge on Israel’s state rabbinical courts. Two decades after that, he was elected Israel’s Sefardi chief rabbi. He never distanced himself from the goal of installing a halakhic theocracy to replace the State of Israel. But he did at one point say that the tactics he used in 1950 and 1951 were not suited for the times.
Shmuel Eliyahu has never distanced himself from his father’s criminal actions and has been a persistent critic of the Shin Bet for decades. He also notoriously tried to illegally ban Israeli-Arabs from living in Sefat and has backed other similarly racist initiatives.