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Mideast Romeo & Juliet? Arab-Jewish couple married amid turmoil in Israel
Mideast Romeo & Juliet? Arab-Jewish couple married amid turmoil in Israel

Sunday brought a different kind of pre-wedding jitters for one Israeli couple. Instead of fretting over hairdos and guest arrangements, Morel Malka and Mahmoud Mansour spent the morning of their wedding in court, trying to keep extremists from ruining their special night. More than 50,000 couples get married in Israel every year, but few of them make the evening news, inspire statements from the country's president or have to hire protection. Somehow, the private intimacy of Morel and Mahmoud became a national political issue. She comes from a Jewish family. He’s a Muslim Arab. When the Jaffa couple in their 20s posted their wedding invitation on Facebook, they just wanted...

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