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Probe ordered after violent clash as police break up wedding over lockdown rules

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15.10.2020

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a probe after a violent clash erupted as police broke up a wedding held in a private home on Wednesday saying it broke rules of an ongoing national lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Video published to social media from the scene showed police scuffling with guests and family amid tables arranged for a celebration as people screamed and cried, with one man was punched after being knocked to the floor. The bride’s brother was then led out of the house with blood streaming down his face.

Police and the family of the bride offered contradicting versions of what happened, with officers saying they were attacked as they shut down the wedding celebrations at home in the West Bank settlement of Givat Ze’ev, just north of Jerusalem, while the family claimed cops violently stopped what they said was an event that met regulations that limit gatherings to 20 people.

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Police later published further video from officers’ body cams that appeared to show police attempting to reason with the family, before one person, apparently the bride’s brother, attacked the officers starting a brawl. It also showed one man demanding that they all be lead away in handcuffs and that someone should film it.

Police said the man and one officer were lightly hurt in the incident. The home-owner was fined NIS 5,000.

התנהלות הזויה ומופרעת של שוטרים כעת בשמחה בגבעת זאב. פשוט מקומם! pic.twitter.com/iP9G5Tg7L3

— ישראל כהן (@Israelcohen911) October 14, 2020

התנהלות הזויה ומופרעת של שוטרים כעת בשמחה בגבעת זאב. פשוט מקומם! pic.twitter.com/iP9G5Tg7L3

— ישראל כהן (@Israelcohen911) October 14, 2020

The footage provoked an outcry, especially from ultra-Orthodox politicians, who have already been alleging discrimination in coronavirus........

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