Pictures: Arab and Jewish Wedding Takes Place Despite Protests

Pictures: Arab and Jewish Wedding Takes Place Despite Protests
Wed 20-08-2014

The wedding of Mahmoud Mansour, a Muslim, and Morel Malka, a Jewish woman who recently converted to Islam, took place despite all the protests of the Jewish anti-intermarriage group.

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A few hundred protesters demonstrated outside the wedding in Rishon Lezion, after a court denied a push to ban the protest hours earlier.

Central District police said that six people from the protest were detained and that some tried to approach the wedding hall but were stopped. None of the dozens of counter-protesters supporting the wedding were detained, police said.

The couple hired 14 security guards for the wedding celebration, reportedly at a cost of tens of thousands of shekels.

The couple met five years ago. Mahmoud is a Muslim Arab whose family is from Jaffa and Morel was born Jewish but recently converted to Islam.

Both the bride and the groom have been subjected to harassment, as has the owner of the Rishon Lezion wedding hall where the couple were scheduled to wed. The bride’s father was opposed to the marriage but could do nothing to persuade his daughter to change her mind.