The Mansour family has refused to let the threats spoil the festive atmosphere at the Sunday wedding of their 26-year-old son Mahmoud to his 23-year-old bride Moral, a Jew who converted to Islam.
Some 200 people, Arabs and Jews, arrived at the family's home in Jaffa before the wedding in Rishon LeZion, to which more than 800 guests were invited. Relatives of the family arrived at their home to dance and celebrate with the bride and groom, while 200 police officers deployed at the event hall equipped with riot dispersal means.
Fadwa Mansour, the groom's mother, told Ynet: "We are well prepared. Everybody came here to show their support. On the other hand, there are some very difficult responses. Still, it's like I told the bridge and groom – love always triumphs."
Protest outside wedding of Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malcha (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
Mansour said she felt bad for her future daughter-in-law. "She was on the receiving end of the difficult responses, but she is strong and will stay strong until the end, and we will give her all the support in the world."
Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malcha's Pre-wedding celebration (Photo: Hassan Shaalan)
"I spoke with the bride today, and she told me: 'I want everything to go smoothly, that we will have a beautiful wedding,'" said Mahmoud's mother.
Earlier on Sunday, Judge Iyra Mordechai from the Rishon LeZion Magistrate Court said the protestors from the Organization for Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land (LEHAVA), could rally at a distance of 200 meters from the event itself.
Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malcha's home (Photo: Moti Kimchi)
President Reuven Rivlin posted a condemnation against LEHAVA on his Facebook page, saying: “There’s a red line between freedom of expression and protest, and incitement. Mahmoud and Morel from Jaffa decided to get married and exercise their freedom in a democratic country. The voices of incitement against them are infuriating and worrying, regardless of my views or those of anyone else regarding the issue,” he wrote.
“Not everyone has to be happy for Mahmoud and Morel, but everyone has to respect them. There is no room for demonstrations of incitement, violence and racism in the Israeli society. Such expressions undermine the foundations of our joint life in the Jewish and democratic State of Israel. I wish the newlyweds health, calm and joy.”
Itay Blumenthal contributed to this report.