Celebrity Jewish-Arab wedding stirs mixed feelings in Israel

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Tsahi Halevi, an Arabic-fluent Jewish actor, and Lucy Aharish, a Muslim anchor on a top Hebrew news show on the day of their marriage.  The Muslim Times has the best collection to promote interfaith tolerance

Source: Reuters

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – A surprise celebrity wedding bridging Israel’s Jewish-Muslim divide drew mixed public reaction on Thursday in a country where such inter-marriage is extremely rare.

Wednesday’s nuptials of Tsahi Halevi, an Arabic-fluent Jewish actor, and Lucy Aharish, a Muslim anchor on a top Hebrew news show, followed a four-year romance that, friends said, they had kept secret to avoid falling foul of cultural sensitivities.

“We Are Signing a Peace Accord,” the couple joked on their wedding invitation, quoted by the Israel Hayom newspaper.

The decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict has often fed tensions between Israel’s majority Jews and the 20 percent Arab minority. According to the most recent national marriage data available, for 2015, just 23 out of some 58,000 weddings were between Arabs and Jews.

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2 replies

  1. Congratulations to the happy couple, and may they live in peace. It’s great to see that people can rise above ridiculous prejudices. I assume that these people are secular, because my understanding is that such marriages are not allowed in Israel under religious law. Many mixed couples have left the country, often to neighbouring Egypt, although I don’t know if that is still possible.

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