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WATCH: Are Israelis free to choose whom to marry?

In contemporary Israeli society, civil marriage, gay marriage, mixed couples and same-sex parenting appear to exist out in the open. But we live under the illusion that we have the freedom to choose whom and how to marry. In reality, we can’t marry someone from a different religion – even the type of wedding is dictated to us. These decrees harm freedom of religion and they don’t only affect Jews. In Arab society, the situation is even more challenging. A discussion about the topic took place in Haifa recently.

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