The big news item today is the wedding of Moral and Mahmud of Jaffa.
The mixed couple ( actually Moral converted to Islam – surely convinced of it’s superior theology over Judaism ) join a growing trend in Israel as thousands of Jewish woman marry Arab men. (Arab women don’t marry Jewish men – there could be fatal consequences).
Moral and Mahmud’s marriage is a major news item because the “Lehava” organization has made it a public item.
“Lehava” is dedicated to “stopping assimilation” in Israel. They are alarmed at the growing trend They demonstrated tonight out side the wedding hall causing a national furor.
I followed the media coverage of the debate and it was a great opportunity for a look into the Israeli social fabric.
Very few public figures came out strongly against the marriage or agreed with the protest. That would be totally not PC. Many said that they were in principal against “assimilation / inter marriage” but stopped short of challenging the right of free choice of the young couple.
This is a very basic issue that has been shoved under the carpet for a long time.
Jewish country? How so?
The president Reuven Rivlin, wished them a mazal tov. Ms. Yael Germann,(Yesh Atid party) health minister, was happy that Israel was,” taking a step forward to a more tolerant and pluralistic society..”
The media was all for it. They dumped on the “Lehava” people as extremist – racist and should mind their own business. One radio personality said, it is not like in the USA. Here it is only a few thousand. Israel can handle it”
I don’t know. I shake my head and wonder what the idea of this Jewish country was about in the first place? “Bernie loves Bridgett” I knew in the old country.
It was the death knell of generations of Jews… Are some of my fellow Israelis so lacking in identity, so numb of soul.?
I was not born here. I made “Aliyah”- adopted this Jewish country. Was I being naive or unsophisticated in my expectations?.
No, I don’t think so. I was being true to those who dreamed for thousands of years of a Jewish state.
One does not have to be a lawyer or an intellectual to explain what that means. A Jew with a Jewish neshama knows what it is not. It is not Moral loves Mahmud.
About the Author: Shalom Pollack is a writer and tour guide in Israel. www.shalompollacktours.co.ilThe author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.
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