Police raid Israeli wedding for breaking Covid restriction rules and drag away bride’s brother

Police raid Israeli wedding for breaking Covid restriction rules and drag away the bride’s blood-soaked brother after brawl

  • Police called to shut down wedding party in West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev 
  • Officers say guests attacked them when they tried to arrest the homeowner 
  • Family say cops started the violence by breaking up party that was within rules
  • Video of bride’s brother being led out covered in blood has caused outrage 

Police in Israel have come under fire for using heavy-handed tactics while breaking up a wedding that allegedly breached coronavirus lockdown rules. 

Officers were called to a house in the West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev late Wednesday by a neighbour who said the party broke a 20-person gathering limit.

A fight broke out, and video taken in the aftermath shows the bride’s brother being taken away in handcuffs while bleeding heavily from his face. 

The footage caused outrage after being posted on social media, especially among Ultra-Orthodox Jews, who accused police of discrimination.

The video shows police holding the man to the ground, whilst the wedding guests scream

Footage shows the bride’s brother lying on the floor with a bloodied face following a fight

The man can be seen, with blood on his face, being taken away in handcuffs by police

The footage shows the bride's brother was led away by police. Police say when they arrived at the party there were 'dozens' of people milling about, and that organisers were hostile towards them when they tried to shut it down.

The man can be seen, with blood on his face, being guided away in handcuffs by police. Police claimed officers acted in self-defence after guests began throwing glass bottles filled with oil

As the police lead the bride's blood-soaked brother away, wedding guests were screaming and crying

Armed police attended the scene where the wedding party was taking place

Scenes of chaos erupted after police attended the scene following reports that the party broke coronavirus rules

Police say when they arrived at the party there were ‘dozens’ of people milling about, and that organisers were hostile towards them when they tried to shut it down.

They said the family of the bride assaulted them as they tried to arrest the homeowner – the bride’s mother – and that officers acted in self-defence.

A spokesman claimed guests began throwing glass bottles filled with oil, and that an officer and the bride’s brother slipped on one of them, according to Times of Israel.

Police say the brother and the officer were lightly injured by the broken glass, which caused the gash on his cheek.

But guests say the officers sparked the violence after attempting to shut down a gathering that they claimed was within the government’s regulations.

Above, a wedding guest wearing pink can be seen crying after witnessing the shocking incident

Wedding guests can be seen shouting at the police offers who attended the scene

Above, wedding guests can be seen crying after witnessing the shocking incident

Police reach the scene wearing masks after reports suggested the party broke covid rules

The video shows police arresting the bride's brother

Officers were called to a house in the West Bank settlement of Givat Zeev late Wednesday by a neighbour who said the party broke a 20-person gathering limit.

The footage provoked an outcry from Israeli politicians, with Interior Minister Aryeh Deri tweeting: ‘There is no reason in the world for police to break in with rifles in hand and harm people.’

The Public Security Minister Amir Ohana, who is responsible for the police, said he ‘watched with pain’ the footage of the wedding.

He wrote on Twitter: ‘They are indeed difficult and unfortunate pictures. I will examine the event in person and in depth.’

The State of Israel is currently under a second lockdown, with gatherings limited to 10 people indoors and 20 people outdoors.

Add Comment