Both men fell in love with Jerusalem, but they see the Israelis and Palestinians with the clear vision of disillusioned lovers, unsparingly chronicling the violence that the Israelis and Palestinians have committed against each other, including the frequently cruel behavior of both sides towards interfaith couples.Shipler devoted an entire chapter to interviews with Jewish Israeli-Muslim Arab couples ("The Sin of Love"), and there are scattered references to Jewish Israeli-Christian Arab couples elsewhere in his book.The symbol has origins in the Torah, and has been used as a symbol of Jewish identity and Judaism in Europe since the Middle Ages.
Some engaged couples cannot withstand the intense social pressures against their relationships and break up.
La Guardia's book indicates that social attitudes towards interfaith couples in Israel have not improved since Shipler's interviews in the 1980s.
Other resources on interfaith families in Israel: Israel Religious Action Center (The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism) is working on challenges to social and legal discrimination against interfaith families in Israel.
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And he has become a passionate advocate for Palestinian Arab rights, while retaining Jewish ties.
Here are two of his 2002 news appearances: * An article describing the end of a Palestinian children's theater troupe that Arna Mer and Juliano Mer-Khamis created in the Jenin refugee camp mentions that the theater has been destroyed, and that five of the young adult actors are believed dead, several of them in combat against the Israelis. * A photograph shows Mer-Khamis marching in a demonstration against Israeli policies towards the Palestinians, in Mer-Khamis's hometown, the predominantly Jewish port city of Haifa, accompanied by other Jewish and Palestinian activists.The interfaith Jewish-Arab couples Shipler interviewed in the mid-1980s were generally quite happy, living normal, prosperous lives, but they would not allow him to use their real names in his book.In some cases they had been abandoned by one or both sets of in-laws; lost friends; been subjected to physical violence; received verbal abuse and threats; experienced career problems; and they sometimes kept their affairs and intermarriages secret from family, friends, and coworkers for long periods of time.For the extremely informative English language version of their webpages, go to Known in Hebrew as "magen David" (literally," shield of David"), it is more commonly recognized as the star of David, a six-point star.The principle is essentially a general one, and the deuteronomic explanation doesn't clarify why it singles out the Canaanites in particular; one of the Talmudic writers took it to forbid all intermarriage with non-Jewish nations.