Mahmoud Mansour and Morel Malka arriving for their wedding recpetion in Rishon Letzion Sunday night.
Mahmoud Mansour, an Israeli Arab, and Jewish-born Morel Malka arriving for their wedding, which raised the ire of right-wing Jewish extremists. Photo by Ofer Vaknin
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Intermarriage poll, August 21, 2014.
Intermarriage poll, August 21, 2014.

Israeli Jews are more opposed to intermarriage than Israeli Arabs, with fully 75 percent of Jews saying they would refuse to marry someone of a different religion, a new poll by Haaretz found.

Among Arabs, only 65 percent said they wouldn’t marry someone of a different religion.

Fully a third of Arabs said that religion wasn’t a factor in choosing a spouse, whereas only one-fifth of Jews said the same. In addition, 60 percent of Jews said they would object in principle to one of their relatives dating a non-Jew, compared to 54 percent of Arabs who said they would object to a relative dating a non-Arab.

The poll, conducted by the Dialog company this week under the supervision of Prof. Camil Fuchs, found that even among secular Jews, opposition to intermarriage was high: Almost two-thirds of secular respondents said they would refuse to marry a non-Jew.

It also found that Jews were more opposed to intermarriage with Arab Christians than with non-Arab Christians. Thus while only 44 percent of Jewish respondents said they would try to prevent a relative from marrying a new immigrant who was non-Jewish according to Jewish law, and 53 percent said they would try to prevent a relative from marrying a Western European or North American Christian, 72 percent said they would try to prevent a relative from marrying an Arab, whether Muslim or Christian.

Two-thirds of Jewish respondents said they thought assimilation posed an existential threat to the Jewish people. But only one-third said they thought assimilation posed a serious threat in Israel.