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Hundreds protest Israeli wedding of ‘Jew with Muslim’

A little late in posting this article but this should come as no surprise to those who have read Max Blumenthal’s “Goliath,” or otherwise been following news from Israeli society.

What if they were Muslim?

via. IslamophobiaWatch

A bride who converted from Judaism to the Muslim faith and a Muslim groom were married on Sunday to cries of “Death to Arabs” as Israeli police held back about 200 angry protesters.

The protesters, many of them young men wearing black shirts, denounced the bride, who was raised Jewish and converted to Islam before the wedding, as a “traitor against the Jewish state”. They sang a song that urges, “May your village burn down.”

A few dozen left-wing Israelis held a counter-protest nearby holding flowers, balloons and a sign that read, “Love conquers all.”

The groom told Israel’s Channel 2 TV the protesters failed to derail the wedding or dampen its spirit. “We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour coexistence,” he bravely said.

Several dozen police, including members of the force’s most elite units, formed human chains to keep the protesters from the wedding hall’s gates and chased after many who defied them. Four protesters were arrested, and there were no injuries.

A lawyer for the couple, Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, both from the Jaffa section of Tel Aviv, had unsuccessfully sought a court order to bar the protest. He obtained backing for police to keep protesters 200 metres from the wedding hall in Tel Aviv.

The far-right group Lehava has harassed Jewish-Arab couples in the past but has rarely protested at the site of a wedding. Sunday’s demonstration was a sign of how tensions have risen during the war in Gaza.

A protester against the wedding, Ofer Golan, told France 24, “It’s time that the Muslim will leave Israel. That’s it. This is a Jewish country, they don’t belong here, they don’t have to be here. They have 22 countries; they can go anywhere they like.”

But one of the left-wing Israelis supporting the couple, Merav Ronen, told France 24, “This is the country of Israel. Yes, it’s a Jewish state, but it is also a democratic state. People cannot live their lives according to what anybody else tells them.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, sworn in last month to succeed Shimon Peres, criticised the protest as a “cause for outrage and concern” in a message on his Facebook page.

“Such expressions undermine the basis of our coexistence here, in Israel, a country that is both Jewish and democratic,” said Rivlin, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud bloc.

Lehava spokesman and former lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari denounced Jews intermarrying with non-Jews of any denomination as “worse than what Hitler did,” alluding to the murder of 6 million Jews across Europe in World War Two.

A surprise wedding guest was Israel’s health minister, Yael German, a centrist in Netanyahu’s government. She told reporters as she headed inside that she saw the wedding and the protest against it as “an expression of democracy.”

Arab citizens make up about 20 percent of Israel’s majority Jewish population, and the overwhelming majority of Arabs are Muslims. Rabbinical authorities who oversee most Jewish nuptials in Israel object to intermarriage, fearing it will diminish the ranks of the Jewish people. Many Israeli couples who marry out of their faith do so abroad.

Malka’s father, Yoram Malka, said on Israeli television he objected to the wedding, calling it “a very sad event”. He said he was angry that his daughter had converted to Islam. Of his now son-in-law, he said, “My problem with him is that he is an Arab.”

France 24, 18 August 2014

See also “Extremists’ hatred poisons Mahmoud and Morel’s wedding”, Haaretz, 19 August 2014

Maral Malka and Mahmoud Mansour

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Racist Slurs Scrawled in Arab Jerusalem Area

In a January 'price tag' attack on a West Bank mosque, the Hebrew graffiti read 'Blood for blood, Qusra' [AP]

In a January ‘price tag’ attack on a West Bank mosque, the Hebrew graffiti read ‘Blood for blood, Qusra’ [AP]

Racist slurs scrawled in Arab Jerusalem area

Israeli police have said that vandals have slashed car tyres and sprayed a bus with hate graffiti in a predominantly Arab neighbourhood in Jerusalem, the latest in a series of similar incidents.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said 34 cars were found damaged early on Monday in Beit Hanina in East Jerusalem.

She said one bus had “non-Jews in Israel = enemies” scrawled on it in Hebrew.

Samri said police were investigating the incident and searching for suspects.

Local residents told AFP news agency that security cameras at the site showed a group of men committed the crime, which bore the hallmarks of a “price tag” attack, a euphemism for hate crimes that generally target Palestinians.

Initially carried out against Palestinians in retaliation to state moves to dismantle unauthorised settler outposts, the attacks have since become a much broader phenomenon, with racist and xenophobic overtones.

Mosques, churches, dovish Israeli groups and even Israeli military bases have been targeted in the assaults, which have been widely condemned by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.

In June, 21 cars were vandalised in a similar attack in Beit Hanina not far from Monday’s attack. Last month, the tyres of 31 cars were slashed in a Palestinian neighbourhood in the southern sector of East Jerusalem.

Hindu group gloats over Dabholkar’s killing

Members of Rajya Sabha cutting across partylines on Thursday moved for a House resolution condemning the killing of Rationalist Narendra Dabholkar. A file photo.

Hindu group gloats over Dabholkar’s killing

Mumbai/Pune: Right wing Hindu organisation Sanatan Sanstha Wednesday appeared to gloat over the killing of social reformer and anti-superstitions crusader Narendra Dabholkar in Pune.

In a front-page statement in its daily mouthpiece “Sanatan Prabhat”, Sanatan Sanstha leader Jayant Athavale said births and deaths are pre-destined and everybody gets the fruit of their karma.

“Instead of dying bedridden through illness, or after some surgery, such a death for Dabholkar is a blessing of the almighty,” Athavale said in the statement.

Dabholkar was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants on Tuesday at 7.30 a.m. near Omkareshwar Temple in pune while he was on his morning walk.

A day after the Sanatan Sanstha expressed regrets over the killing and distanced itself from the crime, Athavale said “though Dabholkar was an atheist and did not believe in god, the same god would give solace to the departed soul”.

Taking umbrage at the statement, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) demanded that the state government should ban the Sanatan Sanstha.

Maharashtra NCP working president Jitendra Awhad said such statements for a social reformer like Dabholkar were “unacceptable” and the “fanatical organisation should be banned immediately”.

However, a spokesman for the Hindu right-wing organisation denied that it had anything to do with Dabholkar’s killing.

“We are also equally shocked by his killing. We have nothing to do with it,” Sanatan Sanstha member Abhay Vartak said.

“We had differences of ideology with him… nothing on a personal level and he was doing commendable work,” Vartak said.

He also defended Athavale editorial by claiming that “not a single word” in it was offensive in any manner.

Vartak appealed to the media not to make “a scapegoat” of Sanatan Sanstha.

Israeli Woman Sprays Racist Graffiti After Sister Converts to Islam

Suspicion: Sprays racist graffiti after sister converts to Islam

Police arrested 25-year-old woman from Jerusalem Wednesday in suspicion of attacking an Arab man following a dispute that erupted between them.

Police reported that during her investigation, the woman confessed to spraying racist graffiti against Arabs in Jerusalem after her sister decided to convert to Islam. She will be brought to remand hearing in Jerusalem’s Magistrate’s Court Thursday morning. (Noam Dvir)

Yitzhak Pundak: 100 Year Old Israeli General “Proud” of his Role in Nakba, Razing Villages

Yitzhak Pundak: 100 Year Old Israeli General “Proud” of his Role in Nakba, Razing Villages

From the “most moral army in the world”: Mr. Pundak believes it wasn’t “unnecessarily cruel” to raze Palestinian villages but he drew the line with Ariel Sharon on “killing enemy fighters” in exchange for “a glass of champagne.” (h/t: Awda)

War crimes anyone?

100-Year-Old General: We Razed Arab Villages, So What?

Brig. Gen. (res.) Yitzhak Pundak is celebrating his hundredth birthday. Pundak was the commander of the 53rd Battalion of the Givati Brigade in the War of Independence and went on to supervise the establishment of the Armored Corps. He was also Ambassador in Tanzania and a founder of Arad.

In an interview on IDF Radio, Pundak confirmed that forces under his command razed Arab villages in 1948. “My conscience is at ease with that, because if we hadn’t done so, then there would be no state by now. There would be a million more Arabs,” he said.

Asked why he still finds it so important to lecture to soldiers, at his advanced age, he explained: “Just like in 1948, the country is in a state of danger – and if the Jews do not fight as we did in the War of Independence, the state is in danger.” He predicted that if a war breaks out again, Jews will be capable of the same kind of self-sacrifice as in 1948.

“When there is a war, people unite,” he explained. “Afterward, they form parties and become divided.”

He spoke with pain of the 145 soldiers who were killed under his command over the years, and said that if they woke up miraculously and saw the divided country of today, “they would run back to their graves.”

And yet, when asked if he feels proud of his country, he said that his pride runs “as high as the rooftop.”

Pundak, who was the governor of Gaza in the early 1970s, said that the credit that is usually given to Ariel Sharon for stopping Arab terror in Gaza in 1971 is mistaken. He said that Sharon was an unnecessarily cruel commander who once said at a meeting with officers that he would offer champagne to whoever killed an enemy fighter – and whoever brings him a wounded enemy “will drink soda.”

He said: “I told him, ‘You are not my commander, I am not coming to your meetings.’”

Settlers burn cars, spray graffiti across West Bank

Settlers burn cars, spray graffiti across West Bank

JENIN (Ma’an) — Settlers torched at least nine Palestinian vehicles and vandalized property in the occupied West Bank overnight Tuesday, locals said.

In the Jericho village of Az-Zubeidat, four cars and a tractor were found burnt by villagers, locals said. Local NGO coordinator Hamza Zbeidat told Ma’an that settlers raided the village at around 3 a.m. and poured gasoline on the vehicles before setting them alight.

Four vehicles were also set on fire in the nearby village of Marj Naja and settlers sprayed ‘price-tag’ graffiti reading “For the anniversary of Evitar” and “Regards from Evitar” in both villages, referring to a settler stabbed to death in Nablus one month ago.

B’Tselem also reported that two cars were set on fire in Rantis, west of Ramallah, and graffiti was found in the area. Israeli police confirmed the reports, according to Israeli news site Ynet.

The tires of three Palestinian vehicles were slashed in Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem and four cars were vandalized in Sheikh Jarrah.

Muhammad Abu Taa from Shufat told Ma’an that a security camera in the neighborhood filmed four settlers attacking the vehicles. Graffiti reading “Evitar’s revenge” was also found nearby.

Taa said that residents told Israeli police about the attacks, but they did nothing to help.

Israeli military sources told Ma’an that five burnt vehicles were found in Az-Zubeidat and four in Marj Naja.

An Israeli army spokesman said incidences of “vandalism and graffiti’ were being reviewed.

Settlers routinely attack Palestinians and their property in the occupied West Bank with impunity. Annual figures compiled by Israeli rights group Yesh Din have repeatedly shown that nine out of 10 police investigations about settler crimes fail to lead to a prosecution.

Right-wing activists try to crash Jewish-Muslim wedding

(h/t: D. F.)

Right-wing activists try to crash Jewish-Muslim wedding

Police on Thursday prevented a bus with some 50 right-wing activists from entering the wedding of a Jewish woman and a Muslim man.

The woman had converted to Islam before the wedding, which was held in the groom’s hometown of Araba in the Galilee.

Former MK Michael Ben Ari posted his sentiments about the marriage on Facebook hours before the incident. “I’m on my way to this ‘celebration,’ ” he wrote. ”What would Golda Meir think of it? In the Diaspora we had intermarriages, and here?”

Residents of the village confronted the bus and demanded that it not enter the village, Ynet reported. Police called to the scene redirected the activists away from the wedding.

PA: Settlers exhume graves, spray racist graffiti

PA: Settlers exhume graves, spray racist graffiti

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Monday exhumed a number of graves and sprayed racist graffiti in the Sawiya village in Nablus, a Palestinian Authority official said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who heads the PA settlement activity file, said settlers from the Alia settlement were responsible for the damage.

He added that a plant nursery and two tractors, belonging to local Abdel Azziz Nasserallah, were also damaged in the attack.

The attack follows clashes on Saturday in the Burin village in Nablus, when dozens of settlers marched into the village.

One villager in Burin was slightly hurt in the hand by a stone and another passed out from tear gas fired by Israeli troops trying to separate the two groups, an AFP journalist said.

The military said that Israeli soldiers also fired rubber-coated bullets, lightly wounding a Palestinian who was given first aid on the spot.

An Israeli army spokeswoman told AFP that about 50 settlers and 20 Palestinians were involved in the confrontation.

The settlers came from Yizhar, a notorious settlement known for being home to Jewish extremists.

Yitzhar settlers also clashed with Palestinians in another neighboring village, Urif, but no injuries were reported, AFP reported at the time.

Tensions have been high in the northern West Bank following a stabbing attack which killed a settler from Yizhar on April 30.

Settlers started over 50 fires across the West Bank following the stabbing, and attacked a mosque and burned tires at junctions in Nablus.

Israeli forces rarely prosecute settlers for violence against Palestinians and their property, which is routine in the occupied West Bank.

Setters uproot 150 trees near Nablus

Settler terrorists strike again in their daily assault against the indigenous Palestinian population.

Setters uproot 150 trees near Nablus

NABLUS (Ma’an) — Israeli settlers on Tuesday uprooted over 150 trees belonging to Palestinians south of Nablus, a local official said.

Settler monitoring official Ghassan Daghlas told Ma’an that several settlers attacked Sbeih mountain area between Beita and Yatma villages and destroyed over 150 olive and fig trees.

Real News: Israel’s New Generation of Racists

Real News: Israel’s New Generation of Racists

Real News reports on the dramatic rise in racist attacks and discrimination in Israel over the past few years, especially amongst the youth.

You will note that some of the most vitriolic rhetoric comes from fundamentalists and settlers but it is not limited to them, highlighting a systemic and structural problem in Israel. (h/t: Fred A.)

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