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Court to allow anti-Arab protest outside Jewish-Palestinian wedding

A Palestinian citizen of Israel and his fiance, a Jewish Israeli who converted to Islam, have turned to the courts to try and prevent a protest planned at their wedding Sunday night, Haaretz reported.

As I reported here Thursday, the anti-miscegenation, anti-Arab group Lehava publicized the couple’s wedding invitation on social media in full with date and location and called on  supporters to show up and protest the union. It doesn’t interest them that the bride has converted and no longer considers herself a Jew, or that they are two consenting adults who wish to spend their lives together. As far as they are concerned, she is an apostate who must be saved from this Muslim man.

The couple requested that the court not only issue an injunction against the protest but also against the group for the harassment they have been subjected to. Along with some of their family members, the two have reportedly received death threats over the phone. As a result, before turning to the court, they were required by the police to hire 33 security guards at a cost of NIS 15,000, of which the wedding hall will pay half.

According to a report in Channel 2 (Hebrew), the judge decided to let the protest go ahead, but ordered it take place 200 meters  from the wedding hall so as to prevent any friction between the wedding goers and the protesters. The judge also said that if in fact it is proven that the couple has been harassed and threatened, it will be considered a crime.

The groom, Mahmoud Mansour, told Haaretz: “We’ve been together for five years, but we’ve never encountered such racism. I always knew there were racists, but as long as you’re not affected by it, until you feel it in your own body, you don’t know what it is.”

Related:
Palestinian-Jewish couple hires wedding security for fear of anti-miscegenation group
Jewish anti-miscegenation groups distribute racist, sexist flyers
‘Don’t you even dare think about a Jewess’: An assault on tolerance education

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    1. Ali. A

      Freedom for all…

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      • Pedro X

        Times of Israel reports that over 100 Israeli policemen are protecting the marriage location to protect the freedom to marry whomever you want in Israel.

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    2. Pedro X

      In a free and democratic society people are free to marry whomever they like and people are free to protest, even if they are wrong, provided they are non-violent.

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      • The point, you twit, is not that people have the right to demonstrate against this marriage (yes, they have that right) but that there are racist imbeciles who want to EXERCISE that right. Imagine such a marriage being objected to in ANY western democracy? There would be an international scandal. Not in the Zionist Entity: there racism is encouraged by the STATE. And Western observers just look away…

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        • Pedro X

          Arab and Muslim families in the West are known to respond even more harshly by killing their female children and women for dating or marrying against their families wishes. For instance in 2011 in Ontario, Canada an Iranian man, his son and second wife killed the man’s three daughters aged 19, 17 and 13 years of age because one was dating a non-Muslim man and another had married a Pakistani man.

          In 2007 in Canada Aqsa Parvez, a 16-year-old girl of Pakistani descent who wanted to wear western clothes and get a part-time job like her Canadian peers was killed by her father and brother.

          Between 2002 and 2010 in Canada there were 12 such honor killings of daughters who did not conform to their family wishes.

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          • Joel

            Touche.
            So much for Gert.

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          • These things are abhorrent but don’t absolve those in favour of anti-miscegeny laws in Israel or elsewhere.

            As usual your defence is: ‘we’re bad but they’re worse’.

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          • hey yo

            So protesting the wedding because it involves an Arab isn’t racist?

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        • Guy L.

          Gert- you’re rambling.

          There is no anti-miscegeny law in Israel.

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    3. CigarButNoNice

      “…anti-miscegenation…”

      To a Western Leftist hammer, every problem in the world looks like a White European Colonialist nail.

      For centuries on end, Jews have guarded against marrying outside the faith, whether in the European or the Arab diaspora. Apparently, ancient Jewish values are to be chucked out just because they’re no longer fashionable in the world.

      This would never have happened if the Jewish state had done its duty and booted all the Arab colonists out in 1948 and 1967. Israeli Jews are reaping the sour fruit of acting on humanistic mercy. We let the Arabs keep some of our land, so now they’re helping themselves to some of our daughters.

      Arab colonists out of the Land of Israel NOW! No justice, no peace!

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      • William Burns

        What’s the matter, afraid if Jewish women aren’t forced to marry Jewish men some of them might not want to? Maybe instead of whining about “miscegnation,” Jewish men should try and raise the level of their game.

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      • Deborah Kapell

        Yes, and for centuries on end Jews have been marrying non-Jews. I didn’t know that there was a Jewish pope who defined ‘Jewish values’.

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      • G-d, you really are a fascistoid pr*ck aren’t you?

        A member of the Jewish wing of the Taleban.

        Racists like you make our BNP/NF types blush. It wouldn’t be so bad if you were an exception but Israel is jam packed with nutzies like you.

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    4. Stew

      Who cares? I certainly don’t.

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    5. Reza Lustig

      This sounds like the sort of stunt the Westboro Baptist Church would pull. Protesting a funeral is pretty low; doing so at a wedding may not be quite so low, but it’s in the same ballpark. In a just world, any of the Lehava idiots who showed up for the wedding would get a world-class butt-kicking for trying to screw up somebody’s special day, for the sake of their ignorant racist beliefs. However, that would simply be identifying with the enemy’s hatred.

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    6. Lo

      What’s Hebrew for “Jim Crow”?

      Every time I’ve seen this story posted recently, many people claim that those disturbed by this outburst are hostile to democratic protest. That’s entirely not the issue.

      The problem here is that there is a significant constituency for a protest against something as trivial as an Arab man marrying a Jewish woman. The idea that Kahanist organizations like Hemla and Lehava have public support at all is disquieting to those who want Israel to be a Western liberal democracy, not some kind of ethnocratic police state.

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    7. Jago Rastapopolous

      In civilised nations, people are allowed to marry who they want. In Northern Ireland, Catholics and Protestants now marry each other and nowadays very few people bat an eyelid. Years ago it was different, but they’ve managed for the most part to wise up.

      If Israel wishes to be a viable member of the community of nations, it’s certainly going about it the wrong way when a joyous ceremony bringing people together from two different traditions is consider reason for the immature, ignorant and frankly stupid protest from Levaha and their odious spawn is considered to be a legitimate reason to disrupt other people’s normal lives.

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    8. topo

      Get it through your head already, she’s a Muslim now. Give her choice respect too.

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      • Oriol

        That’s what I was thinking all the time. Why so much fuss about the wedding of a Muslim man and a Muslim woman? Or perhaps Lehava would like to follow the path of Iran and Saudi Arabia and forbid apostasy?

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