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The demonstration was picketed by members of Lehava, a Right-wing Jewish group that aggressively opposes assimilation between Jews and Arabs.Varda started to argue with the Lehava, who quickly surrounded the couple.And Amer looked at me and said to me: ‘Are you insane?

He grew up in a family with little education but who had Jewish neighbours on a nearby kibbutz.

His parents were unfazed when their son presented his Jewish partner to the family.

The reaction of Varda’s progressive Dutch parents was more complicated.

“I come from a paradox of a family of post-Holocaust Jewish liberals who believe in human rights and that everyone is equal - but just don’t marry a non-Jew,” she said.

What’s easier is for them to know the truth of who they are.” The family has faced racism in big and small ways.

When they got into a legal dispute with their Jewish neighbours, the opposing side made sly references in court papers to the fact they were a mixed couple.

Their lives more closely resemble those of their Jewish neighbours than those of the Arab families in the village where Amer grew up.

For Amer, one of the deepest frustrations is not just the bigotry of some on the Israeli Right but also the hypocrisy he sees among liberal Israelis.

" yelled back the protesters who waved giant Israeli flags.

The ugly confrontation made headlines and was carried live on national television in microcosm of the tensions which have been tearing at the seams of Israeli society, particularly over the past two months.

Arab Israeli Muslim groom, Mahmoud Mansour (L), and his Israeli bride Morel Malcha sit on a couch in Mahmoud's family home in the Jaffa district of Tel Aviv on August 17, 2014, ahead of their wedding ceremony (AFP Photo/Daniel Bar-On)Rishon Le Tzion (Israel) (AFP) - Mahmud and Morel never imagined that on the happiest day of their lives, they would walk down the aisle to racist chants by extremists opposed to the marriage of a Muslim and a Jew.

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