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Hundreds protest Israeli wedding of ‘Jew with Muslim’

The self-described Israeli "anti-miscegenation" group Lehava protests a wedding between an Arab and a Jew.

The self-described Israeli “anti-miscegenation” group Lehava protests a wedding between an Arab and a Jew.

A little late in posting this article but this should come as no surprise to those who have read Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath,” or otherwise been following news from Israeli society.

What if they were Muslim?

via. IslamophobiaWatch

A bride who converted from Judaism to the Muslim faith and a Muslim groom were married on Sunday to cries of “Death to Arabs” as Israeli police held back about 200 angry protesters.

The protesters, many of them young men wearing black shirts, denounced the bride, who was raised Jewish and converted to Islam before the wedding, as a “traitor against the Jewish state”. They sang a song that urges, “May your village burn down.”

A few dozen left-wing Israelis held a counter-protest nearby holding flowers, balloons and a sign that read, “Love conquers all.”

The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he bravely said.

Several dozen police, including members of the force’s most elite units, formed human chains to keep the protesters from the wedding hall’s gates and chased after many who defied them. Four protesters were arrested, and there were no injuries.

A lawyer for the couple, Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, both from the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv, had unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the protest. He obtained backing for police to keep protesters 200 metres from the wedding hall in Tel Aviv.

The far-right group Lehava has harassed Jewish-Arab couples in the past but has rarely protested at the site of a wedding. Sunday’s demonstration was a sign of how tensions have risen during the war in Gaza.

A protester against the wedding, Ofer Golan, told France 24, “It’s time that the Muslim will leave Israel. That’s it. This is a Jewish country, they don’t belong here, they don’t have to be here. They have 22 countries; they can go anywhere they like.”

But one of the left-wing Israelis supporting the couple, Merav Ronen, told France 24, “This is the country of Israel. Yes, it’s a Jewish state, but it is also a democratic state. People cannot live their lives according to what anybody else tells them.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, sworn in last month to succeed Shimon Peres, criticised the protest as a “cause for outrage and concern” in a message on his Facebook page.

“Such expressions undermine the basis of our coexistence here, in Israel, a country that is both Jewish and democratic,” said Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud bloc.

Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as “worse than what Hitler did,” alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two.

A surprise wedding guest was Israel’s health minister, Yael German, a centrist in Netanyahu’s government. She told reporters as she headed inside that she saw the wedding and the protest against it as “an expression of democracy.”

Arab citizens make up about 20 percent of Israel’s majority Jewish population, and the overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims. Rabbinical authorities who oversee most Jewish nuptials in Israel object to intermarriage, fearing it will diminish the ranks of the Jewish people. Many Israeli couples who marry out of their faith do so abroad.

Malka’s father, Yoram Malka, said on Israeli television he objected to the wedding, calling it “a very sad event”. He said he was angry that his daughter had converted to Islam. Of his now son-in-law, he said, “My problem with him is that he is an Arab.”

France 24, 18 August 2014

See also “Extremists’ hatred poisons Mahmoud and Morel’s wedding”, Haaretz, 19 August 2014

Maral Malka and Mahmoud Mansour

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  • HSkol

    Thanks for the forward reply. 🙂

    You are far more effective with words than I.

  • HSkol

    I really want to make one simple point, but I don’t wish to sound obnoxious. I don’t have a way of saying this without sounding obnoxious, at least to a degree, however. OK, here it goes —

    I’ve never met a person who would, in fact, advocate interfaith marriage. I suspect we are all (not just you and I) in agreement or near-agreement on that point. However, love does sometimes spill over into areas where it isn’t intended; and, with love being a pretty big thing, we should all tolerate if not understand and accept marriages of interfaith – if only to respect autonomous individuals and their unity.

    p.s., Weiner is a total wiener.

  • Kataro Quasinzki

    Tell that to all the Muslim women happily in interfaith relationships with men and/or women – or persons of any gender identity – of all religions or no religion.

    (Viewing people as groups as opposed to persons aka treating them collectively not individually and making blanket statements about them are all indicative of prejudice/bigotry or worse; any more of that “members of A are this B or aren’t that C” nonsense; I won’t bother responding)

  • Thank you.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    I have received YOUR notification. YOU’RE alright in my book too.

  • That is a double standard. I guess it comes from the fact the Islam allows men to marry from the Book but not women. So the parents that you refer to, might think that if their boys did get married, it wouldn’t be that bad.
    I think that when Islam allows men to marry from the book, the intention is that the women eventually convert. I have read about quite a few situations where women actually never convert and then these Arab/Desi fathers run off/kidnap their children (specially prepubescent girls) to the countries of their origin since they figure that the kids are not becoming good Muslims. Summary is, that men or women (Muslims i.e.) should marry from their own religion if they worry about preserving their religion. In fact, statistics show that for other religions as well, that the marriages are stronger and religion is passed off on to the children if both the husband and wife share the same faith. Conclusion is: marry from your own faith 🙂

  • HSkol

    I’m receiving notifications from Private accounts now again. Would you mind letting me know if you receive notification of this reply from me to you? YOUR alright in my book. Correct my spelling if you must. PBUY.

  • The greenmantle

    Hi sock puppet ,
    You being paid for advertising ?
    How much did you sell your soul for? 30 bits of silver is qite cheap these days . Robert spencer got more than that

    Sir David

  • asdasd

    Oh, really.. This is loonwatch! You don’t come here to know the truth, you come here to see Muslim apologetics. If you want to get the full and ugly truth, you go to the religion of peace (dot com).

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    It’s a flipping dragon, does it matter?

    BTW I’m actually getting your notifications now, good Advisor.

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Sir, are you expressing disdain for Dark Souls? OUTRAGEOUS?–files/bosses/gaping-dragon-large.jpg

  • Tanveer ¯_(ツ)_/¯ Khan

    Unfortunately not. All I see are aubergines.

  • downwithpants

    I remember there was a gorgeous Bosnian girl who sat next to me in class in high school. We would always joke around and such i finally got the balls to ask her out…”you’re not muslim” she replied. i thought ” that’s a new one” not knowing or caring about islamic religion at this point in my life. Later on in life i would work for Jordanians/ palestinians and the topic of dating came up’s where the fact of me not being muslim was a problem for dating muslim girls became apparent.
    These older men said they would let their sons see non muslim girls but their daughters were not aloud to see non muslim men because ” religion is carried by the man” we talked at length about it. i just figured them as being bigoted in this regard

  • downwithpants

    That’s ominous …by any chance are my car keys in there? Can’t seem to find them anywhere…

  • Jekyll

    You again ? Did I not tell you to fly away with your Delilah already ? Quraninties are supposed to solemn and quite; not verbose and foolish. Turn down the “high” on your magical “voice transcription program”.
    And you still haven’t answered O Great One, how do you pray ?

  • Jekyll

    Salam Musa Sahib, I’m afraid our acquaintance will be a
    brief one.
    You don’t get so drop it. I don’t care about Mehdi, good or
    bad. I know I am married to [or will marry] a Muslim girl.The Quran, these days can be justified for any argument. Please do not condescend me by retorting to go “study the Quran” [which of course, on face value is commendable
    and hence you are correct] or that I am “blindly following some sheikh”.

    On face value, it is quite silly, that one would even argue this, as we live in a time when we have men marrying men and brothels open for bestiality. Not to mention, I ‘m quite sure many women of the book maybe more acute in
    their piety then Muslim women. So do as you please, as shall I. Men can marry whomever they please and as will women marry whomever they please. Let Love Reign.
    Religion has become a piece of clothing anyway; put it on when one wants, take it off one is tired of it. I suppose one ought to hold the Torah, the Bible and the Quran in trinitarian equality.
    Good Day.

  • Jekyll

    I have, several times in the past. Did not add or take away from what I believe.

  • Tarig Musa

    So first of all you claim that a Muslim shouldn’t marry a non-Muslim, and scorn Mehdi for his personal life choices (that in no way influence or affect you), then, when repetitively pushed on the matter you admit that the Quran does allow for marriage between faiths. However, to justify your claims, you decide to cite that you follow the teachings of Imams in the western world who have decided that the teaching of the Quran, at least in this case, is no longer applicable during our day and age, so answer another question, wasn’t the Quran sent down as a guidance for all mankind for all time? If so, what can possibly be the justification for deciding that this part is no longer applicable?

    Maybe, instead of following your imam blindly, you should actually pick up the Quran and study it for yourself (notice I used the word study, there is a huge difference between reading and memorising something, and actually studying and understanding , or at least comprehending, the over all message that is being passed on). And here was me thinking the Quran taught that there shall be no compulsion in religion, that the most righteous in the eyes of Allah are those who carry themselves with modesty and dignity, who speak to others softly, and who use their time on this planet to learn from the ideas and examples set by others, be they of another, sex, colour, creed or religion! Al-Hamdu-Lillah I haven’t thrown that out and just blindly followed the contradictory teachings of some Sheikh, I wouldn’t want to follow a religion that had it any other way.

  • The greenmantle

    You were the one who thought it ok to call people traitors .
    Dont you think that is a bit insensitive ?
    People in glass houses etc

    Sir David

  • The greenmantle

    Have you tried reading this ? Its powerful stuff . Talks about love and being none judgemental

  • Jekyll

    Don’t be so insensitive to other people’s love life.

  • The greenmantle

    Found it under makrouh. Interesting idea thanks .

    Sir David

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