Israel sends flowers, summons to Palestinian on wedding day

Israeli intelligence sends flowers, summons to Palestinian man in 'sadistic' wedding gesture
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25 November, 2021
On his wedding day, a Palestinian political prisoner received flowers and a note from Israeli intelligence summoning him for interrogation.
This is the second time this year that Shin Bet has made such a gesture [Getty]

Israel’s Shin Bet internal security service delivered flowers and an interrogation summons to former political prisoner Mahdi Badawneh on his wedding day in Bethlehem.

Attached to the bouquet was a summons for interrogation along with a note reading: “Congratulations from the Captain of Israel’s intelligence service, Shaker”.

This is the second time this year that the Shin Bet has made such a gesture.  In August 2021, also in Bethlehem, groom Ahmed Adaween from the Al-Azza refugee camp received a bouquet with a court summons for him and his brother.

Commentators and social media users have likened the gesture to a ‘sadistic’ threat, with others highlighting a pattern of Israeli provocations aimed at demoralising and dehumanising Palestinians in a moment of collective joy.

"The Israeli occupation seemingly doesn't miss a chance to ruin the Palestinians' happiness," wrote one Twitter user.