Hey, it happens sometimes.
You might have already seen the viral video of yeshivah students dressed like Arabs & dancing with rifles at a charedi wedding to be mesame'ach chatan, but I only just discovered it:
See? I was wrong. Jews do it too! Only they're not actually shooting.
Okay...I'm writing tongue-in-cheek.
The rifles aren't even real.
But in the video below that one, you can see a real Arab wedding taking place in the Balata refugee camp near Shechem — the type of wedding on which the costumed bachurim based their act.
(Just for knowing: Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria also have Palestinian refugee camps to host their fellow Muslim-Arab brothers & sisters.)
Seeing as AK-47s & M16s go for around $700-$800 (when legal) & black-market AK-47s get into the $1000-$2000 range in this region (although my husband claims it's actually closer to 40,000NIS/$12,500), and also seeing how these refugees clearly have so many of them, it sure makes me wonder where all the money donated to UNRWA & Tomorrow's Youth Organization is going.
In that crowded little clip, you can see at least 4 rifles. That's a few thousand dollars right there (or, if my husband is correct, a year of tuition at Harvard).
Plus the bullets don't come cheap either & the guys shooting in their buddies' ears didn't seem like they were scrimping on the ammo.
I mean, sure, electricity, schools, food, and clean water are really important.
But apparently, so is coming fully armed to a wedding.
So we see from this how, via the assistance of generous donors worldwide, the inhabitants of Balata clearly have the funds for fully automatic rifles, spiffy haircuts, and hair gel.
Maybe someday they'll also get around to sorting out all the cement & aluminum in background.
Meanwhile, I'd better make me a donation to help out those oppressed & impoverished Palestinians!
(That was a joke. Saying it's a joke sort of ruins it. But everyone knows that both humor & brain cells disappear on the Internet. Personally, I think aliens abduct them.)
(That was also a joke.)