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Today, the pair are one of only a few hundred Jewish-Arab married couples living in Israel and unions like theirs - though rare - are a source of deep anxiety for some Israelis who believe intermarriage could ultimately mean the end of the Jewish state.
When they got into a legal dispute with their Jewish neighbours, the opposing side made sly references in court papers to the fact they were a mixed couple.
He grew up in a family with little education but who had Jewish neighbours on a nearby kibbutz.
His parents were unfazed when their son presented his Jewish partner to the family.
Varda was adamant that her children would have bar or bat mitzvahs but the family mixes Jewish and Muslim traditions at Friday night dinner. The kids go to a mixed Arab-Jewish school but when they are 18 they will be eligible to be conscripted into the military by a state that considers them Jewish because their mother is a Jew.
Both parents are determined their children will not serve in the army and will fight to try to exempt them. “You can’t deny one colour and think you’re making it easier for them.