By Rabbi Yair Hoffman

The Jewish websites are awash with a horrific story of an alleged Muslim who married a Jewish girl in Brooklyn, New York while pretending he was an orthodox Jew.

According to Arutz Sheva, a Sephardic Jewish woman in Brooklyn got the shock of her life when she discovered that her new husband, claimed to be a Lebanese Jew, was actually a Muslim of Palestinian Arab descent, Haredi media reported.

Before the wedding, the groom, went by the name Eliya and appeared to be a practicing Jew. He spoke fluent Hebrew and did not arouse any suspicion.

According to sources involved in the affair, when the young man was asked about his family, he always had ‘stories’ as to why they were not involved in his life – and why they did not come to his wedding either.

The Five Towns Jewish Times, using resolution enhancing software to read an Arabic language sign he was holding, made the Arabic legible.  The Five Towns Jewish Times translated the Arabic.  Apparently, the sign was a graduation sign from his hometown in southern Lebanon congratulating him on his graduation.

His name, it seems, is Ali Hasan.

Hasan, apparently, comes from a Palestinian refugee camp named Burj el-Shemali established in 1948 by UNRWA. It is located in Southern Lebanon on the outskirts of the city of Tyre. There are over 30,000 residents in the camp.


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