The Nuremberg Laws Come to Israel
|Israel's courts approve of demonstration|
On 12 September 1935 the Nuremberg Laws were announced at a mass Nazi rally by a Nazi physician Gerhard Wagner. On 15th September they were enacted by Hitler into law. The first was the The Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honour (the second was the Reich Citizenship Law). They were two of only four laws passed by the Reichstag. Dr. Bernhard Lösener, the Interior Ministry official in charge of drafting anti-Semitic laws, was tasked with drafting a definition of who was a Jew and came up with anyone who had 3 or 4 Jewish grandparents (1 or 2 meant you were a mischlinge - mixed race).
|Zionism never objected to the Nuremburg Laws|
So it is in Israel today that hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the marriage celebration of a former Jewish woman and a Muslim man, daring to equate it with Jewish lives lost during the holocaust. Can one imagine any other western (or indeed any other civilised) state where people demonstrate against two people who, although of different ethnic/religious backgrounds, wish to marry each other? In this country such opposition is confined to marginal fascist groups like the NF or BNP. In Israel it is part of mainstream Zionist politics.
Although it hides the fact, not least from many diaspora Jews, in Israel there is no civil marriage. You have to marry someone of the same religion, but whereas Christian and Muslim marriage requirements are lax, to be Jewish i.e. part of the select, is a difficult and lengthy process.
The demonstrations over this marriage says all you need to know about Israeli politics and, incidentally, the nature of the Israeli court system, which in the case of high public officials, contrasts freedom of speech with the right to privacy.
It is ironic that the 'Jewish' state, allegedly set up as a result of the holocaust, echoes Nazi discrimination against the Jews.
|'An Act of Treason' according to the majority of Israel's Jews - ex-Jewish bridge Malka|
Anti-Arab group urges supporters to bring loudspeakers and horns to wedding of Mahmoud Mansour and Moral Malka
Mahmoud Mansour, 26, a Palestinian from Jaffa, has had to hire dozens of security guards after an anti-Arab group, Lehava, published details of his wedding reception online and called for Israelis to come and picket the wedding hall.
|The mob that Israel's courts allowed 'freedom of speech'|
"We've been together for five years, but we've never encountered such racism. I always knew there were racists, but as long as you're not affected by it, until you feel it in your own body, you don't know what it is," Mansour told Haaretz on Sunday.
|The mob that Israel's courts allowed to demonstrate|
The wedding has become a national issue – drawing comment from even the president on Sunday – underscoring the strength of feeling following Israel's two-month confrontation with Hamas. On Sunday, peace talks in Cairo inched forward but there was no sign of imminent agreement.
|Zionist mob outside celebration|
On Sunday's wedding, the group said: "Please come with positive energy and bring loudspeakers and horns. We will ask our sister to return home with us to the Jewish people who are waiting for her," reported Israeli news site Arutz Sheva.
Other Orthodox Jewish groups have also entered the fray. Yad L'Achim, another group that campaigns against Jewish and Arab assimilation in Israel posted a blurred picture of the bride on its Facebook site, calling on Jews to write to her and plead with her not to go ahead with the wedding.
The page, published on 13 August, has got over 2,000 likes and over 4,000 people have written responses asking the bride to cancel the reception and leave her husband. Speaking to Haaretz, however, Mansour said he had also received many letters of support. "We feel great, and that really gives us strength. They think they'll break us, but we can't be broken. The opposite is true – we're getting stronger," Mansour said.
"The wedding will go on as planned – it will be great. I'm not worried, but it's troubling that on this day, which everyone waits for their whole life, the happiest day of their life, I have to go to court. It's sad that such things happen in this country."
Could we imagine a wedding between a Christian and a Jew becoming national news in a European country?
By Aeyal Gross, Ha'aretz, Aug. 18 2014
That the marriage of Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka became a subject for public debate is embarrassing and testifies to how low we have sunk. Could we imagine a wedding between a Christian and a Jew becoming a national news item in any European country? Indeed, the Lehava organization that launched a public protest against this wedding is worthy of every condemnation. But we must remember that racism didn’t start with Lehava: Israeli law doesn’t permit marriages between people of different religions, and if Malka had not converted to Islam, the two could not have married in Israel, where marriage is subject to religious law.
|Mob outside wedding celebration|
We cannot merely be outraged by Lehava without addressing the manner in which the ban on intermarriage serves in practice the notion that we must “protect” Jewish women from the “Arab threat,” as Prof. Zvi Triger of the College of Management has demonstrated in his research. While allowing Lehava to demonstrate, the Rishon Letzion Magistrate’s Court, from which the couple sought an injunction, ordered the Lehava demonstrators to stay at least 200 meters from the banquet hall – a compromise to which the couple agreed. But was that far enough?
In a case where demonstrators sought to protest in front of the late Rabbi Ovadia Yosef’s home, the High Court of Justice ruled that with regard to a demonstration in front of the home of a public figure, the right to privacy may trump the right to demonstrate. The court therefore ruled that one must assure that one party’s right to assemble does not substantially impinge on the other party’s right to privacy, and thus police were permitted to set reasonable limits regarding the timing, place, and manner of the demonstration. The High Court has reiterated this principle in several similar instances.
The Rishon Letzion court, therefore, could have taken these legal principles into account when deliberating the couple’s request, and ruled against holding the demonstration near the wedding venue altogether – even more so because at issue was the marriage of private people, not public figures, giving the right to privacy even greater weight.
It should also be noted that when a demonstration needs a permit, the police is allowed to check whether incitement to racism is involved. While such considerations ought to be invoked on very limited occasions, it should have at least been grounds for keeping the demonstration even further away.
Given all this, one cannot ignore the gap between how Lehava’s right to hold a racist demonstration near a private celebration was preserved, and the many freedom of assembly violations we’ve witnessed recently: The police ban on an antiwar protest in Tel Aviv 10 days ago; the many instances in which protesters were arrested during social-justice demonstrations; and the 1,500 antiwar protesters arrested over the past month, nearly all of them Arabs, as reported here over the weekend. Apparently, problematic demonstrations against Arabs are permitted, but Arabs who demonstrate are at high risk of arrest.
Right-wing protesters demonstrated against 'assimilation in the Holy Land' at wedding ofJewish-born wife and Muslim man; counter-demonstration is held by the hall's entrance
Under heavy police guard, Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka held their wedding celebration last evening in Rishon Letzion. Mansour, a young Muslim man and Malka, who was born Jewish and converted to Islam, were surrounded by security guards as they arrived at the Shemesh Aduma (Red Sun) wedding hall. Outside, about 150 meters away from the entrance to the hall at the end of the street, some 200 right-wing protesters demonstrated against what they called “assimilation in the Holy Land.” A counter-demonstration was held by the entrance to the hall.
Earlier in the day, the court refused to prohibit the protest outside the wedding hall where the mixed Muslim-Jewish celebrated their recent marriage, and ordered protesters to remain at least 200 meters from the venue, which is located in an area filled with supermarkets and other banquet halls.
The Rishon Letzion Magistrate’s court issued the ruling after the couple applied for an injunction to stop the demonstration organized by Lehava (which is both a Hebrew word meaning “flame” and a Hebrew acronym for Preventing Assimilation in the Holy Land).
Each guest at the wedding was asked by police to identify themselves and answer questions posed by police and security guards to prove they had been invited. The protesters attempted to come closer to the hall a number of times while cursing the couple, but the police moved them back to the area set aside for their protest, as per the court’s instructions.
The protesters shouted racist and threatening slogans such as “Death to leftists,” and waved Israeli flags and blew the shofar. They carried signs saying such things as “Daughter of Israel to the people of Israel,” and “Assimilation is a Holocaust.” At the counter demonstration they held flowers and sang love songs. Their signs said things such as “Love for everyone,” “Only love will win” and “1,000 flames will not put out love.” A few of the guests thanked them and honked their horns in support.
A number of the right-wing protesters complained about being unable to approach the hall and swore at the guests and the counter protesters. Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, a leading Kahanist who represented Lehava in court, said the court’s decision to allow the demonstration near the hall was “a victory for the freedom of speech. Only this morning they tried to prevent us from protesting and I am pleased the court accepted in practice our position and allowed freedom of expression. This is a democratic country,” he said. “I think we have the right to protest against assimilation. That is what we have come to do today,” said Ben Gvir.
The couple lives in Jaffa and have already had a legal Muslim wedding; last night’s event was only a celebration. The couple met five years ago and Morel converted to Islam. Mansour said that up until the past few days they had not experienced such blatant manifestations of racism. Malka said her mother, sisters and other relatives were slated to attend; her father, however, is opposed to her marriage to a Muslim and had declared that he would not attend the party.
In court yesterday, the representative of the police proposed holding the demonstration in a parking lot about 200 meters from the hall. Judge Iriya Mordechai ruled that the protesters must remain at least 200 meters from the building, even if they refuse the parking-lot space offered to them. She stressed that her ruling was aimed at preventing friction between the demonstrators and the guests at the event, which was held under heavy police guard.
“Regrettably, the respondents’ actions to prevent the wedding, which have been carried out at a sensitive time for Jewish-Arab relations in any case, have borne rotten fruit and have stirred up a turbid wave of hatred and violence that will peak at a moment that is known and predictable, like its results,” wrote attorney Yaniv Segev on Mansour’s behalf in his request for the injunction. “It is almost certain that the planned demonstration on the day of his wedding will spill over into violent areas.”
Segev called the judge’s decision precedent-setting, saying it was the first time an Israeli court had approved the request of a private person to prevent a demonstration near a private event.
Guy Ronen, one of those behind the demonstration in support of the couple, said he came to protest such gross invasion in private, personal matters. “It is a wedding. The public arena must not interfere in it. The couple has the right to choose their love. They are not a public institution.”
President Reuven Rivlin commented on the wedding and opposition to it in a post on his Facebook page. “There is a red line between freedom of speech and protest on the one hand, and incitement on the other,” he wrote. “Mahmoud and Morel from Jaffa have decided to marry and to exercise their freedom in a democratic country. The manifestations of incitement against them are infuriating and distressing, whatever my opinion or anyone else’s might be regarding the issue itself. Not everyone has to share in the happiness of Mahmoud and Morel — but everyone has to respect them. Among us and within our midst there are harsh and sharp disagreements but incitement, violence and racism have no place in Israeli society. These manifestations are undermining the foundations of our shared life here in the Jewish and democratic, democratic and Jewish state of Israel.”
Rivlin concluded the post with a quotation from the Revisionist Zionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky: “In the beginning God created the individual,” and added: “We are a free people in our country, in opinion and action, and I wish the young couple health, satisfaction and happiness.”
Nationalist leaders head mass protest against wedding of Arab and Jew, warn danger of assimilation greater than Hamas rockets.
At the protest led by the Lehava group which fights assimilation in Israel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari addressed the crowd, saying "Moral, it won't help you. They always will remind you that you're Jewish and where you came from. The children you give birth to will never be treated as equal to them."
"They tell us that we're racist - let's see one Arab woman come marry a Jew at this hall...then we'll see who's racist," added Ben-Ari to the protesters. He was referring to the fact that a Muslim woman who marries a Jew can expect to be murdered by her co-religionists.
As noted by Ben-Ari, in nearly all cases of mixed marriages with Arabs in Israel, the Jewish partner is the bride. It is a well documented phenomenon that such wives often suffer abuse from their Arab husbands, and many require help to escape.
Ben-Ari noted that former Prime Minister Golda Meir, "a prime minister of the Labor party, a representative of the left, etc. - when she spoke about assimilation she said...'whoever marries and assimilates joins the six million (Jews murdered in the Holocaust). She saw in what's happening here a continuation of the work of (Nazi Leader Adolf) Hitler."
Six protesters were arrested for disturbing public order as over 100 police officers were on site to secure the event at its Rishon Letzion wedding hall venue. A court case Sunday morning allowed the protest providing it stayed 200 meters from the wedding hall.
Nationalist public figure Baruch Marzel also spoke at the protest against the wedding, a marriage Moral's father refused to attend because of his opposition to his daughter's disengagement from the Jewish people.
"Two months ago we sent thousands of soldiers to prevent the danger of Hamas in the south. But the danger assimilation poses to the Jewish nation is a danger a thousand times worse," said Marzel.
Marzel called on Jews in Israel to wake up before "what happens abroad, where every second Jew assimilates, arrives in Israel," in a reference to the remarkably high assimilation rates in America and Europe.
Small counter-protest against "racism"Opposite the Lehava protest several dozen leftists held a counter-protest, decrying the supposed "racism" of opposing assimilation. Jewish law expressly forbids marriage with non-Jews who have not undergone a proper conversion to Judaism.
The marriage has been garnering mass media attention, and was even commented on by newly instated President Reuven Rivlin, who wrote on his Facebook page Sunday "the revelations of incitement against (the couple) are outrageous and worrying, regardless of whatever my position or that of another will be on the issue (of mixed marriages)."
Responding to Rivlin's criticism, Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir stated "it's sad to hear that the state president is ignoring the danger of assimilation and encouraging assimilation, instead of coming with us to protest this disgrace."
"I expect Mr. Rivlin to dedicate his time to the war on assimilation in Israel and globally. Because today it's Moral, tomorrow it could be his granddaughter," added the attorney.
Demonstration Against Mixed MarriagesNot long ago I wrote to you about the racist-fascist atmosphere which prevailed in Israel just before the war on Gaza. This atmosphere was initiated by extreme racist, national religious groups. These activities are contrary to Israeli law, which forbids incitement to racial or religious hatred. However, the government and police turned a blind eye; the incitement was not opposed by the state legal-educational-cultural apparatus. As a result, intolerance, racism and hatred became the dominant mood in the streets. Many Israeli Jews, normally not even politically right wing, succumbed to this racist mood and followed it sheepishly. This atmosphere of hate and revenge coincided with the onslaught of the war and fed the huge support for the government and the violence against the tiny left which opposed the war.
Today I want to bring to your attention yet a new example of the racism presently running wild in the country. The difficulty of marriage between Jews and non-Jews in Israel is well known. There is no civil marriage in Israel and "mixed" couples have to get married abroad. Today's story is special because it takes the issue to a new, uglier, level. I regard it as yet another indication of the new phase that Israel has reached!
A Jewish woman and a Muslim man decided to get married and Jewish racist organizations have called a demonstration at the hall where they intend to celebrate their wedding party. The couple have had to hire many guards and have appealed to the court to rule against the demonstration.The police offered to allow the demonstration to take place 150 meters from the hall where the party will take place. Knowing how the Israeli police works in demos - they will, most likely, cordon off the place with police barriers and create a "sterile zone" between the demonstrators and celebrators. Every guest will have to identify themselves to the police! As of this late hour (3.00pm - the wedding is this evening!) the court has not yet ruled on the case. See the article in Ha’aretz below:
Avishai Erlich, an Israeli anti-Zionist