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Israeli Labour’s Former Leader Isaac Herzog Calls Mixed Marriages ‘A

confronted with the charge that the IHRA definition prevents criticism of Israeli
Apartheid, its defenders point to the preamble which states: ‘criticism of
Israel similar to that leveled against any other country cannot be regarded as
The problem though is that Israel is not like any other
country.  It is an ethno-nationalist or
ethno-racial state.  It is a state based
on Jewish racial supremacy.  Nothing
better exemplifies this than the question of mixed marriages.

Lucy Aharish an Arab TV presenter is accused of seducing a ‘Jewish soul’ by marrying and Tsahi Halevi

In recent days Israel has been convulsed with the news that
TV Anchor woman, Lucy Aharish, who is an Arab, and Tsahi Halevi, the star of a
TV series ‘Fauda’ tied the knot. Israel likes to pretend that it is just
another western state but where in Europe today would you get government ministers
commenting on the fact that two people of different religions or ethnicities
had got married?
is exactly what happened in Israel when news of Aharish and Halevi’s marriage
became public knowledge. Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who spent seven years in
prison for fraud and then reassumed the same government position soon after his
release, stated
is not the right thing to do.… The pain of assimilation around the world is
destroying the Jewish nation.”

Oren Hazan – Likud’s racist and abusive MK
Hazan, a Likud backbencher who denies allegations that he smoked crystal meth
and was a pimp while running a casino in Bulgaria, suggested that Halevi had
been “Islamized,”:
don’t blame Lucy Aharish for seducing a Jewish soul. She didn’t have the goal
of harming our nation and preventing future Jewish children,”
the United States, which has a Jewish population of over 5 million,
intermarriage is the norm.  Some 70%
of Jews marry non-Jews
course it is still a taboo, especially amongst the Orthodox in the diaspora for
a Jew to marry a non-Jew.  That is
religious chauvinism.  The same used to
be true when Catholics married Protestants. It didn’t however have racial
connotations because there are no Catholic, Protestant or Jewish states in the
To HaLevi, he wrote, “You’ve taken ‘Fauda’ a step too far. Step
out of this film, man!
”  Hazan is
known as a particularly racist individual, even for Israeli MKs. He was earlier
this year suspended from the Knesset for 6 months.  But Aryeh Deri, the Interior Minister also
went on record as declaring that:
“They are a couple in love, so they are getting married. But
it is not the right thing to do. But I say to her, ‘You will have children, and
they will have a problem in Israel because of their status.’ We must not
encourage these kinds of things. We must protect the Jewish people. If she is
sincerely interested in Judaism, there is a conversion process.”

Members of the Jewish Nazi Lehava group give the Hitler salute outside the wedding of a Jew and Arab
In which other ‘democracy’ would hundreds of people demonstrate against a wedding between a Jew and non-Jew? Given the demonisation of Hamas for it to be considered worse than Hamas rockets speaks volumes
The head of Yesh Atid, the so-called centre party, Yair
Lapid, a party which has waged a long political battle against religious
coercion in Israel nevertheless said in a radio interview
“I have a problem with mixed marriages. Jews are a small people. There are fewer Jews in the
world today than there were at the time of the Holocaust. I want the Jewish
people to grow, not shrink.”
Although some Israeli MKs, conscious of the bad publicity, are supporting
the couple against the barrage of criticism, the fact is that there is a Zionist
consensus across the political spectrum against mixed marriages. For example it
was reported
Municipality will locate girls
going out with men from minorities
The youth department
of the Petah Tikva municipality set up today a special team to assist young
girls in the habit of mingling with men from minorities | Einav Yossef-Zada,
Ynet 14.09.09
It was reported that a special team in
the youth department of the Petah Tikva municipality would locate [Jewish] girls
in the habit of meeting with men from minorities and will assist them. The
decision comes after a relationship was discovered between a girl from the city
and minority men from Jaljulya who murdered Arik Karp last month on a Tel Aviv beach. If
you marry a Jew, the State will come and get you

The Arab couple – Mahmoud and Morel
chief of the youth department, Moshe Spektor, explained that
The problem of minority men is well-known. Our
attempts to deal with this problem are real and sincere. The municipality is
making an effort to examine the matter in cooperation with the police.” 
Israel’s vile anti-miscegenation
, Seth Freedman

In Israel
steps up its war on mixed marriages
, Israeli journalist David Sheen wrote how, in 2015, Israel’s
Education Ministry, headed by the leader of the far-Right Jewish Home, Naftali Bennett, removed Borderlife, a story about a
romance between a Jewish woman and a Palestinian man from the High School English
syllabus. In 2016, it removed Trumpet in the
, about a romance between a Jewish man and a Palestinian

the reasons
by the Education Ministry were that ‘“intimate relations between Jews and non-Jews threatens the separate
Dalia Fenig, an Education Ministry official explained that:
youth tend to romanticise and don’t have, in many cases, the systematic point
of view that includes considerations about preserving the identity of the
nation and the significance of assimilation,”
Zionist officials talk about the ‘identity of the nation’ what they mean is the
racial identity of Israeli Jews. It is the same set of ideas that speaks to the
fears of the demographic question, that too many Arabs will be born in the
night and thus threaten the State’s Jewish majority. See e.g. Ex-Mossad chief warns of
‘demographic threat’
The opposition to mixed marriages and interracial relationships
i.e. miscegenation (an ugly word that originated with the Deep South in
America) is common throughout the Israeli political spectrum.
her capacity as chair of the Status of Women Committee in the Knesset in 2011, Tzipi
Hotoveli, now the Deputy Foreign Minister, invited the racist Lehava into the Knesset to explain how they prevent
romantic contacts between Jews and Arabs. Hotovely explained how it was “important to examine procedures for
preventing mixed marriages, and Lehava members are the right people for
. World
May Find Israel’s New Deputy Foreign Minister Hard to Swallow
definition of anti-Semitism
also holds that ‘Drawing
comparisons of contemporary Israeli policy to that of the Nazis’ is anti-Semitic
but that doesn’t stop Israelis making the comparison! In
June 2016, Naftali Bennett told
a committee of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, that the marriage of Jews to
non-Jews in modern times is a disaster on par
with four other tragedies of Jewish history, including the Nazi Holocaust.
Five months later, two
young Israelis beat to death Sudanese asylum-seeker Babikir
Adham-Uvdo in a Tel Aviv suburb because, as a non-Jewish Black man, he had
stopped to talk to a group of young Israeli Jewish women. The killers crushed
his face so badly that his own brother was unable to recognize him.
It was the same mentality, of preserving the racial borders,
that led an Israeli court to sentence Sabbar Kashur, a young Palestinian
man from East Jerusalem, to 18 months in prison for “rape by deception.” 
deception consisted of Kashur telling the Israeli Jewish woman that he was
Jewish. When she found out that he had lied to her, she
went to the police.  The sex was consensual, it was just that she was
a racist. Imagine if a guy had lied that he was wealthy in order to persuade a
girl to have sex with him.  Would he too have been prosecuted
for rape by deception?
In the East Jerusalem “neighborhood” (settlement) of Pisgat Ze’ev,
a group of men who call themselves “Fire for Judaism” patrol
the streets in the hopes of spotting and disrupting relationships between
Jewish women and Palestinian men. The Israeli towns of Petah Tikva, Kiryat Gat
and even ‘liberal’ Tel Aviv have government-sponsored municipal programs to prevent
. The programs include psychological
counseling for Jewish women who stray and a hotline for people to inform on
Jewish women who date Palestinians. In
Israel, Miscegenation Equals Rape
Kiryat Gat has a state-sanctioned anti-miscegenation programme whose sole aim is
preventing Jewish girls from becoming romantically involved with Israeli
Bedouin.  The programme enjoys the support of the
municipality and the police, and is headed by Kiryat Gat’s welfare
representative, who goes to schools to warn girls of the “exploitative Arabs“. The programme
uses a video entitled “Sleeping with
the Enemy
,” which features a local police officer and a woman from the
Anti-Assimilation Department, a wing of the religious organisation Yad L’ahim,
which works to prevent Jewish girls from dating Muslim men. Israel’s
vile anti-miscegenation squads
, Seth
August 2014 a Jewish-Arab couple, Morel Malka and Mahmoud Mansour, tied the
knot and got married. Because there is no civil weddings in Israel, precisely
in order to prevent such marriages, Morel converted to Islam and was married in
an Islamic ceremony. Their wedding ceremony was the subject of a demonstration
by hundreds of far-Right protestors from Lehava,
a fascist organisation headed by a Benzi Gopstein.  Lehava has
a ‘charitable’ wing Hemla.  A Strange Kind of Mercy , Ha’aretz,
20.5.11.  Extremists’
Hatred Poisons Mahmoud and Morel’s Wedding
The demonstrator screamed “An Arab is a son of a bitch” and “Haneen Zoabi [an outspoken Arab member
of the Knesset] is a whore.” As well as their favourite chant ‘Death to the Arabs’.
But it isn’t just the Right which fights against ‘assimilation’.
The former leader of the Israeli Labour Party, Isaac Herzog, in an interview
on Israeli TV
described intermarriage between American Jews and non-Jews as
a “plague” for which he seeks to find
a “solution”.  Israeli
left leader says intermarriage by U.S. Jews is a plague
, Jonathan Ofir.
Herzog is the outgoing leader of the Israeli political “left,” the
Zionist Camp coalition, and the new chairman of the Jewish Agency, which seeks
to strengthen bonds between Jews worldwide.
tell you a personal story. Last summer I traveled to the USA for a vacation….
And we went to meet friends. I have a ton of friends in the U.S.A. And I
encountered something that I called an actual plague. I saw my friends’
children married or coupled with non-Jewish partners! And the parents beat
their breasts and ask questions, and are suffering. Listen, it’s every [Jewish]
family in the U.S.A.! And we are talking about millions. And I said there must
be a campaign, a solution. We have to rack our brains to figure out how to
solve this great challenge.
Most people when they think of plagues think of contagious diseases and
illness such as bubonic plague or the Black Death. Not marriage between 2
people of a different religious/racial background. But of course Herzog is an
expert on love. He has warned
that his party
must not be seen as “Arab-lovers.”
The intermarriage
rate among
American Jews is 58 percent, but 71 percent among the
non-Orthodox.  The young are making these
choices voluntarily. Herzog’s anti-intermarriage stance is shared within the
Zionist community: notably by
Dennis Ross, former White House negotiator
who co-chairs the Jewish People
Policy Institute.
Because for Zionists, mixed marriage is not so much a religious as a racial/national
matter.  Race in Israel is defined by
religion, hence why inter-marriage is not so much considered a sin as a form of
treason. That was what an opinion poll found in Yediot Aharanot. Over half Israeli
Jews believe that marriage is ‘national
‘Marriage to
an Arab is national treason’

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