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Israelis Fiercely Oppose Inter-Marriage

If you are worried about your child marrying a non-Jew, and you should be, then move to Israel.
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Living in Israel is an open ticket against intermarriage. Above: MK Tzipi Hotovely and Or Alon at their wedding last year.

Living in Israel is an open ticket against intermarriage. Above: MK Tzipi Hotovely and Or Alon at their wedding last year.
Photo Credit: Flash 90

Three-quarters of Israeli Jews and nearly two-thirds of Israeli Arabs would not marry someone from a different religion, according to a Dialog poll conducted by Haaretz this week.

The survey found that opposition to interfaith relationships was highest among Haredi Jews, at 95 percent, while 88 percent of traditional and religious Jews and 64 percent of secular Jews also opposed inter-dating.

Seventy-one percent of Muslim Israeli Arabs opposed interfaith relationships, but only half of Christian Israeli Arabs were opposed.

Across religious denominations, Israeli Jews would be much more opposed to their relatives marrying Arabs than they would be to relatives marrying non-Arab non-Jews. Only a third of secular Jewish Israelis would be opposed to a relative marrying an American or European Christian, but a majority would oppose a relative marrying an Arab. Seventy-two percent of Israeli Jews overall would be opposed to a relative marrying an Arab.

Last week, a small far-right group protested in Jaffa outside the wedding of an Israeli Arab and a Jewish-born Israeli who converted to Islam.

Intermarriage rage in Israel used to be minimal but has grown to approximately to five percent nationwide, and only 1 per cent of less in Judea and Samaria.

The primary cause for the rise increase is the large-scale immigration of Jews from the former Soviet bloc. Approximately 300,000 immigrated even though only the father was Jewish. A child is Jewish if his or her mother is Jewish, regardless of the religion of the father, according to Jewish law.

Not surprisingly, opposition to intermarriage was lowest among immigrants from the former Soviet Union. More than half would avoid having a relationship with a non-Jew, but if they were to fall in love with a non-Jew, only 35 percent would insist their spouse convert.

Two-thirds of Israeli Jews see intermarriage as a serious threat to Jews worldwide, and one-third see it as a serious threat to Jews in Israel.

The rate of intermarriage in the United States has shot up to more than 60 percent.

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40 Responses to “Israelis Fiercely Oppose Inter-Marriage”

  1. Absolutely, the changes of that happening a extremely very low.

  2. Elena Rose says:

    Um, no they don’t and this is very ignorant. Nothing can take away my Jewish identity, and if anything, the love of my non-Jewish partner solidifies it and makes it even stronger and gives me MORE determination and anticipation to teach my children about their Jewish identities and history. Stop dividing us! It only hurts us and makes us look bad to others.

  3. Janet Berger says:

    It is against God’s commandment fro a jew to marry a nonjew.

  4. Bobby Empleo says:

    It should be that Jews will not inter marry…it has been written in the old testament of the Bible.

  5. Elena Rose foolish and dangerous statement. the ignorance is yours. Open your eyes and look and see that what hilter could not accomplish is being accomplished by Jews who intermarry…. diluting and destroying Jewish life …. while you may be doing a good job with your children many others are not. you ARE diluting rh gene pool. and are slowly finishing the job!

  6. Elena Rose foolish and dangerous statement. the ignorance is yours. Open your eyes and look and see that what hilter could not accomplish is being accomplished by Jews who intermarry…. diluting and destroying Jewish life …. while you may be doing a good job with your children many others are not. you ARE diluting rh gene pool. and are slowly finishing the job!

  7. Elena Rose says:

    I don’t believe in the bible.

  8. Elena Rose says:

    I don’t believe in the bible.

  9. Elena Rose says:

    Wow, you sound like a great human being. Thanks for that lovely insight. Me and my children will always be Jewish, no matter what. Especially no matter what you think, because what you said is absolutely ridiculous, hateful, ignorant, and prejudice.
    It’s exactly what divides our people, and that is exactly what we do NOT need more of.

  10. Elena Rose says:

    Wow, you sound like a great human being. Thanks for that lovely insight. Me and my children will always be Jewish, no matter what. Especially no matter what you think, because what you said is absolutely ridiculous, hateful, ignorant, and prejudice.
    It’s exactly what divides our people, and that is exactly what we do NOT need more of.

  11. Elena Rose says:

    I don’t believe in god.

  12. Elena Rose says:

    I don’t believe in god.

  13. Elena Rose says:

    Call it an ancient text in ancient literature written by who knows.

  14. Elena Rose says:

    Call it an ancient text in ancient literature written by who knows.

  15. Elena you don’t believe in G-d. You must be a very sad person.

  16. Elena you don’t believe in G-d. You must be a very sad person.

  17. Janet Berger says:

    Elena Try picking up a prayer book Say the bedtime prayers. See if it stirs your soul.

  18. Janet Berger says:

    Elena Try picking up a prayer book Say the bedtime prayers. See if it stirs your soul.

  19. Yes that’s the old testament .
    Elena if your jewish then you shouldn’t give up GOD for no one !

  20. Yes that’s the old testament .
    Elena if your jewish then you shouldn’t give up GOD for no one !

  21. Elena you are the best!!! Too many haters in this world!

  22. Elena you are the best!!! Too many haters in this world!

  23. So much ignorance it kind of hurts!

  24. So much ignorance it kind of hurts!

  25. Elena Rose says:

    Thanks, Juliano! Good to see others that are accepting and intelligent :)

  26. Elena Rose says:

    Thanks, Juliano! Good to see others that are accepting and intelligent :)

  27. The Torah knows what’s best

  28. Elena- you aren’t alone. I love and am proud of my Jewish Heritage. My husband is not Jewish but not only has no problem with our kids being raised Jewish, he is also supporting my desire for us to move to Israel. There will always be haters and that is a travesty.

  29. Elena Rose says:

    Alyssa– good for you, and keep being proud, you deserve it!
    You are a very lucky woman to have a husband like that, and your children are lucky to have such an open-minded and accepting father, as well :)

  30. Elena Rose says:

    No, actually I’m an extremely happy, well-rounded person who loves life, nature, and all that the universe has to offer.

    And my soul is highly active and intact, and stirs every second I’m alive, thanks. :)

  31. Janet Berger says:

    No one knows you like your maker.

  32. The Jewish people are racially mixed already, if you think,k genes are what make you Jewish then your mistaken. Also, the command to not take daughters of Israel’s neighbors for wives was a religious decision, because they served other God’s. Abraham was a Chaldean of ur, which is modern day northern Iraq.

  33. Elena Rose says:

    I am Jewish, proud of it, and I never “gave up god for no one” because I never believed in the first place.
    I am quite happy and fulfilled this way, and wouldn’t change it for ‘no one’, either.

  34. Elena Rose says:

    Yes, you’re right– my Mother does know me best.
    And most importantly, I know myself.

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