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Palestinian-Jewish couple hires wedding security for fear of anti-miscegenation group

An Israeli anti-miscegenation group is threatening a Palestinian-Jewish couple, calling for protests at the venue on the day of their wedding.

Palestinian resident of Jaffa, Mahmoud Mansour, has reportedly hired 14 security guards to be present at his wedding next week to Morel Malka, a Jewish Israeli, for fear he may be harmed by members/supporters of the radical anti-miscegenation group Lehava.*

According to a report in NRG (Hebrew), Lehava – whose mission is to prevent marriage between Jews and non-Jews, and thus “save the daughters of Israel” – got hold of a copy of the wedding invitation on social media and reportedly published it in full, providing the date and location of the wedding, and called on people to come out in full force and protest.

A sticker from the anti-miscegenation group Lahava is seen on an electrical post in Jerusalem. The sticker reads 'Don’t you even dare to think about a Jewess,' in Hebrew and Arabic (photo: Michael Omer-Man)

A sticker from the anti-miscegenation group Lahava is seen on an electrical post in Jerusalem. The sticker reads: ‘Don’t you even dare to think about a Jewess,’ in Hebrew and Arabic (photo: Michael Omer-Man)

Lehava’s website is currently under construction and its Facebook page was removed two weeks ago (Hebrew) due to user complaints of incitement. The article quotes Lehava head Benzi Gupstein as saying that “We are still at war and she is marrying a member of the enemy,” adding that the wedding is especially infuriating because it is taking place in the center of the country and not in “one of their villages.”

A similar organization, Yad L’Achim, whose motto is “We don’t give up on even a single Jew,” also called attention to the wedding, however it did not publish the information. A status was published on its Facebook page showing a blurred photo of the bride-to-be and urges users to encourage her to call off the wedding. It has over 2,000 likes and 600 shares.

*I refer to the group as anti-miscegenation because they oppose relations between Arabs and Jews – technically that is an ethnic matter and not a racial one, but nonetheless I think it applies in this context.

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    1. sam

      love has no religion

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    2. Ben Zakkai

      If the likes of Benzi Gupstein are running things in this country now, then we’ve come to a sorry pass. For anyone unfamiliar with Gupstein and his work, a quick Google search will show you what a piece of frightening fascist garbage he is. Indeed, shave his beard, remove the kippa, dress him in a brown shirt and change his name to Manfred Gupstein, and he’d make the perfect Sturmabteilung. Look on Google Images; the resemblance to Ernst Rohm is striking.

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      • Jan

        You are so right. Shaved and without his kippa he would be right at home in a Nazi uniform siege heiling all the day long.

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    3. Whiplash

      Sure there are some racist loons in Israel, but they are not the majority and they have lots of company in the middle east. Ask yourself:

      Can a Jew get married to a Muslim in the West Bank or Gaza? No, this would be impossible under Shiria Law.

      Do Muslims allow their women to date Christians or Jews? Muslims in the West Bank have attacked Christian villages because Christian men have dated Muslim women much less marrying them.

      Palestinian women who displease their Muslim relatives may find themselves killed for the sake of family honor. Women have been killed for dating without their father’s permission.

      Can a Jew buy land in the West Bank or Gaza? No, it is punishable by death for an Arab to sell land to a Jew.

      In Jordan a Jew cannot be a citizen.

      Can a Muslim convert to Judiasm? A Muslim who converts to another religion is subject to a charge of apostasy and liable to be killed.

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      • Felix Reichert

        “If others do it, it is okay if I do it!”

        What moral superiority!

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        • Whiplash

          Israel arrests racist loons who break the law. The loons are also subject to civil penalties in court. In Gaza and the West Bank the racist loons are in power and handing out life time annuities to other racist loons who kill and murder Israelis.

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        • Whiplash

          So let me get this straight, a Jew can become a Jordanian citizen by first converting to be a Muslim and then meet all other requirements of Jordanian citizenship. Would a Jew still be a Jew if he renounced his Jewishness and became a Muslim?

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          • Felix Reichert


            Every jew can be naturalized in Jordan. Without conversion.

            Not very likely, but the laws do not forbid it.

            “More to the point, however, the Jordanian law does not exclude Jews (even pre-1948 Palestinian citizens) from applying for naturalization. For instance, article 12 of the above-cited law says:

            Any person other than a Jordanian who is not incapable by law may apply to the Council of Ministers for grant of a certificate of Jordanian naturalization if:

            (1)He has been regularly resident in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan for a period of four years preceding the date of his application;

            (2)He intends to reside in the Hashemite Kingdom of the Jordan.”

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          • Elon

            There were Arab Jews born in Jordan, who had no citizenship, and were kicked out in 1948.

            So it seems clear Jordan will accept no Jews. They are a pretty racist country altogether. Look at the Palestinians who don’t have equal rights.

            But the main fact is that one racist deed does not deserve another. The groom and fiancé both consider themselves Muslim. Let them have their Muslim wedding in peace. AND it is obvious these bums are objecting to him being a Palestinian citizen of Israel, not their chosen religion. “she is marrying a member of the enemy” “it is taking place in the center of the country and not in “one of their villages.””

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      • Bablonian

        Yes in fact Jews and Muslims have been married in the occupied territories.

        Uri Davis married a Palestinian woman for example. He is a Jewish member of the Fatah revolutionary council.

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    4. Felix Reichert

      I know it’s off-topic, but can’t 972 block Steven Plaut from commenting on Facebook on 972’s articles?
      He’s such an obvious troll, it’s not even that funny anymore.

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      • Piotr Berman

        Plaut, clearly deeply disturbed person, keeps cutting and pasting the same stuff over and over in every thread, so his “usefulness” is long gone, while he maliciously swamps the thread with irrelevant drivel.

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    5. Oriol

      I have been several times in Israel, but I do not know Jewish society that well. So I would like some Israeli to answer to two bona fide questions.
      1) Most Israelis obviously consider Arabs / Palestinians as enemies, so it is likely that such a marriage would be objected by many people, even without the religious motivation. The question is, would groups like Lehava also organize (or try to organize) boycotts against a marriage between, say, a Jewish woman and a Catholic Italian? I have read about religious people complaining because Yair Netanyahu is dating a non Jewish girl, and the lists on Internet of famous Jews that are dating non Jews, etc., but I have no idea about the real impact that such a discourse has in Israeli society. Do a a significant number of Israelis really care?
      2)I also read in Internet that about 10% of current marriages in Israel are non-Halakhic (I suppose most of them are Russian), but there are currently only eight Jewish / Arab-Palestinian married couples in the whole of the land -so I suppose this would be the ninth-. If those figures are true, the danger of losing Jewish identity by intermarrying with Arabs is rather unimpressing, to say the least. But at the same time when visiting some mixed areas in Israel, especially in Jaffa, I got the impression that in some places Arabs and Jews -at least Jews without much economic resources- actually lived pretty close from each other. Is it possible that there is at least a trend to interfaith dating among the youth of the underprivileged sectors of Israeli society, and that such groups have appeared as a reaction?
      Thank you in advance.

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      • Maya

        @Oriol, here are some answers to your questions, in good faith and to the best of my knowledge as a local.

        ** Marriages between Arabs and Jews in Israel are rare, but certainly there are far more than 8 couples in country. I can think off the top of my head of five that I know of. There are certainly many more. Still you are completely right that the “threat to losing Jewish identity” because of Jewish-Arab marriage is really unimpressive.

        ** Yes, people indeed object this kind of marriages specifically because of they consider it marrying the enemy, but there are many Jews who would strongly prefer Jews to marry other Jews because they think that marrying outside of the community/ religion/ ethnic group will result in many more lost sons and daughters for the Jewish people. The attempts to use threats and violence indeed seem to be specific for Arab-Jewish marriages.

        ** About non-religious marriage: I saw official statistics for 2010 that registered ca. 47,000 marriages by the authorized institutions in Israel –these are the religious authorities, Jewish, Christian and Muslim. The same year about 9,000 Israeli couples registered marriages that took place abroad. This is 16%. Who is in this group, don’t know for sure, probably many couples that the religious authorities wouldn’t marry and others that do not want to the religious authorities in their weddings. This statistics of course does not count the many couples that live in long term partnerships without marrying.

        ** And last thing: not just in Jaffa, there are many places and contexts in Israel that Jews and Arabs share their daily life with each other. I wouldn’t say that people like that situation. But still comparing the hateful rhetoric and ideologies of animosity – from both sides (and regretfully often expressed on this website too) to the situation on the ground, one must be impressed that things are rather peaceful. Of course the situation is explosive and we have already seen way too much violence and harassment between Jews and Arabs in Israel. I’m just saying that in comparison to how much politics suggest that Jews and Arabs deadly hate each other, we get along surprisingly well in daily life.

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        • Oriol

          Thank you very much for your answers, Maya! 🙂

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