It was a typical spring wedding for a few of the newlyweds in Israel’s Galilee region.
But the groom had a different idea: He wanted a wedding that was more than a mere celebration of love.
Instead, it was an opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of adopting Judaism.
On his first day at the wedding, Yair Sivan had planned to attend his own wedding, but he was suddenly pulled off his wedding list when the groom was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a teenage girl.
A week later, he was arrested again for allegedly stabbing an Israeli teen.
Sivan, 22, was charged with first-degree manslaughter and was jailed for nine months, though he did not have to serve time in jail because he had served three months of his sentence.
Sivan’s lawyers have not commented on the latest charges.
The new charge brought by the state was not a new one.
Last year, the Jerusalem District Court charged a Palestinian man with manslaughter after he stabbed a Jewish man to death.
And in March, an Israeli court convicted a Palestinian in connection with the stabbing of a man to the head in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The first two cases are still pending.
And the court hasn’t ruled on charges against the third man, who has not been identified.
Suman, however, said he was surprised to be charged with murder in a stabbing.
“It is not easy to say that this is a new thing, especially since I don’t have any previous criminal convictions,” Sivan told The Jerusalem Times.
“I have never been convicted of a crime before.”
But Sivan said that his conviction had to be overturned because he was not charged with the lesser crime of manslaughter.
“The charge is a lesser crime, it’s not a lesser charge in my case, because I was not the one who committed the crime,” Suman said.
Suter, who is from the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, was detained on March 13, the same day as the stabbing.
His lawyer, Shmuel Golan, told The Times that Sivan was not trying to commit murder, and was merely trying to take the chance of being able to travel to the United States.
“When I called the police, they didn’t even want to talk to me,” Golan said.
“They said they have a warrant for my arrest.
They didn’t talk to the police officer who was the first officer to come to my house and take me into custody.”
The charges against Sivan were eventually dropped on May 18, when the Jerusalem court overturned the manslaughter conviction, citing a lack of evidence.
But Golan added that the charges against him were still pending at the time of the stabbing and his trial.
Samer Akay, an attorney for the families of the victims, told Israel Radio that Suman was charged in part because he is Jewish and because of his religious affiliation.
“There is no question that [the charges] are in part related to his being a Jewish defendant,” Akay said.
But Suman’s father, Hussein Sivan, told Al Jazeera that his son was never a threat to the community and was just trying to get out of his parents’ home.
“I don’t know what his motivation was,” Hussein Sitan said.
“But I’m convinced he was trying to leave.
It’s not possible for a Jewish person to leave Israel,” he said.
According to Sivan and his mother, Sivan did not commit the attack because he believed the victim was Jewish.
“We’re Jewish, she said.
And he is a Palestinian.
And they hate us.
I don’s not understand what happened to him.”