Police Hold Off Protesters As Jewish-Born Woman Marries Muslim Man In Israel
Maral Malka and Mahmoud Mansour tied the knot on Sunday as 200 protesters made clear their opposition outside.
This is Maral Malka, 23, and Mahmoud Mansour, 26, celebrating their wedding in Jaffa, south of Tel Aviv, yesterday.
Malka converted to Islam before the wedding, and was described by protesters as "a traitor against the Jewish state".
According to Reuters, protesters were chanting, "May your village burn down."
The group that organised the protest, Lehava, has protested against Jewish-Arab unions in the past, but isn't thought to have turned up to a wedding before.
Several hundred demonstrators and left-wing activists also turned up to stage a counter protest against Lehava.
Mansour told Israeli TV: "We will dance and be merry until the sun comes up. We favour co-existence."
Among the guests was Yael German, Israel's health minister, who said that both the wedding and the protests against it were "an expression of democracy", Reuters reported.
The new Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, wrote on his Facebook page yesterday that "not everyone has to be happy" for the couple, but "everyone should have dignity".
He added: "I wish the newlyweds health, peace, and joy."
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