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Jewish Groom Arrested Over Wedding Video Celebrating Deadly Arson

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Image: Charred pictures on the ground of the Dawabsheh family home
Charred pictures sit on the ground of the Israeli-occupied West Bank home of 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and his family after it was set alight by suspected Jewish extremists on July 31. Oren Ziv / Getty Images

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Israeli police arrested a Jewish groom and three others over a video in which wedding guests were seen celebrating an arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said the newly-wed and three guests were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of incitement and unlawful weapon possession.

Image: Relative of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set to fire in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists, shows his picture at the burnt house in Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus
A relative of 18-month-old Palestinian baby Ali Dawabsheh, who was killed after his family's house was set alight in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists.Abed Omar Qusini / Reuters

The video, aired last week by local media, showed a rowdy crowd of skullcap-wearing youths brandishing rifles and dancing to music with lyrics calling for revenge.

Some appear to be stabbing photos of Ali Dawabsheh, who died when suspected Jewish extremists firebombed his family home in the West Bank in July.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the "shocking pictures," saying in a statement that the video underscored the need to curb Jewish extremism.

The groom told Israel’s Channel 10 that he did not see his guests defiling photographs of Dawabsheh.

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