The big news item today is theÂ wedding ofÂ Moral and Mahmud of Jaffa.
The mixedÂ couple ( actually Moral converted to Islam – surely convinced of it’sÂ superior theology over Judaism )Â join aÂ growing trend in Israel as thousands of Jewish woman marry Arab men. (Arab women don’t marry Jewish men – thereÂ could be fatal consequences).
Moral andÂ Mahmud’sÂ marriageÂ is a major newsÂ item because the “Lehava” organization has made it a public item.
“Lehava” is dedicatedÂ to “stopping assimilation” in Israel. They are alarmed at theÂ growing trendÂ They demonstrated tonight out side theÂ wedding hall causing a national furor.
I followed the media coverage of theÂ debate and it wasÂ a great opportunityÂ for a look into the Israeli social fabric.
Very few public figures cameÂ out strongly against theÂ marriageÂ orÂ agreed with the protest.Â ThatÂ wouldÂ beÂ totallyÂ not PC. Many said that they wereÂ in principal against “assimilation / inter marriage” but stopped short of challenging theÂ rightÂ of free choice of the young couple.
ThisÂ isÂ a very basic issue that has been shoved under the carpet for a long time.
Jewish country? HowÂ so?
The president Reuven Rivlin, wishedÂ 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 allÂ for it.Â They dumped on theÂ “Lehava” people as extremist – racist and should mind their own business. OneÂ radio personality said, it isÂ not like in the USA. Here it is only aÂ few thousand. IsraelÂ can handle it”
I don’t know. I shake my head and wonder what the idea of this Jewish country wasÂ about in the first place? “Bernie loves Bridgett” I knewÂ in the old country.
It was the death knell ofÂ generations of Jews… AreÂ some of myÂ fellow Israelis so lacking in identity, so numb of soul?
I was not born here. IÂ made “Aliyah”- adopted this Jewish country. Was I being naive or unsophisticated in my expectations?
No, I don’t think so. I wasÂ 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 JewÂ with a Jewish neshama knows what it is not. It is not MoralÂ loves Mahmud.