'Half-Breed': The Secrets of Miss Israel Finalist Born to an Arab Father and Jewish Mother

Israeli soldiers serenaded under her window, the papers hid her real name and a NYC mafia capo was her lover during the 1960s. Who was Lili Dajani, the mysterious Israeli star who vanished almost without a trace?

Ofer Aderet
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“You haven’t gotten to the juiciest part of the story,” one reader commented on Facebook in reaction to a story published several months ago in Haaretz about a juicy topic in its own right: Jewish women who had fallen in love with Arab men during the period of the British Mandate.

The writer of the post was referring to the portion of the article about beauty queen Lili Dajani, whose father was Arab and her mother Jewish. The Facebook comment went on to recount a tale that it is difficult to imagine could really happen.

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