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After wedding shut down, family of bride say cops shattered bottle on son’s head

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The family of a bride whose wedding was shut down by police on Wednesday night, resulting in violent, bloody clashes, said Thursday that officers shattered a glass bottle on their son’s head and punched him after he attempted to prevent cops from arresting his mother.

Police and relatives of the bride offered contradicting versions of what happened, with officers saying they were attacked as they dispersed the celebrations at a home in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze’ev, just north of Jerusalem, while the family claimed officers violently stopped what they said was an event that met pandemic regulations limiting gatherings. Police said there were more people present than permitted, that they were alerted by neighbors who feared the spread of coronavirus contagion, and that the first officers on the scene were attacked and had to call for backup.

Family members admitted the mother of the bride had attempted to interfere with police filming of the guests, setting off a confrontation. But they maintained police responded with disproportionate force and assaulted the son without cause. Video footage from the scene showed the bride’s brother being led out of the house with blood streaming down his face.

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Police, meanwhile, flatly denied the allegation and said officers were responding to an attack by the young man. They countered that family members threw bottles of oil on the floor, prompting the young man to slip and cut open his head.

A video published on social media Wednesday showed police scuffling with guests and family amid tables arranged for a celebration as people screamed and cried, with one man punched after being knocked to the floor.

“The police behaved in a horrible way,” Rabbi Ori Pollack, the father of the bride, told Ynet Wednesday night. “We put on face masks, they split my son’s head open. All this as they wanted to arrest my wife, and my children resisted.”

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