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      Anti-Assimilation Group Fights with Fake Wedding Invitation

      Lehava anti-assimilation organization's new campaign features a fake invitation to a wedding between a Jewish woman and an Arab man.
      By Elad Benari
      First Publish: 5/10/2012, 3:12 AM

      Lehava's fake wedding invitation
      Lehava's fake wedding invitation
      Israel news photo: PR

      The Lehava anti-assimilation organization has launched a new campaign, which features a fake invitation to a wedding between a Jewish woman and an Arab man. The campaign is aimed at raising awareness of the dangers of assimilation.

      Lehava chairman Bentzi Gopstein told Arutz Sheva on Wednesday that the campaign is purposely meant to shock Jewish parents.

      “We distributed the fake invitation across the country, in Judea and Samaria, in girls’ schools and in communities throughout the country,” Gopstein said. “Unfortunately, more and more religious girls meet Arabs during their national service and fall into undesired relationships. Just two weeks ago we tried to rescue a girl who married an Arab whom she met while performing national service in Haifa. Unfortunately we were unable to help her, and she gave birth to a son named Muhammad.”

      He added that after the organization distributed the fake invitation, it received dozens of phone calls from parents and girls who need help. “We are repeating once again: do not send girls to national service with the Arabs and do not let them work with Arabs. We do not make public all the assimilation stories that are known to us, and there are many.”

      Last month Lehava was able to locate a young Jewish woman and her one-year-old baby, two years after she ran away from her home with an Arab boyfriend.

      The 25-year-old woman, originally from Jerusalem, left her parents’ home two years ago after meeting an Arab man at her workplace. She ran away with the man to an Arab village in northern Israel, where she gave birth about a year ago.

      Her rescue was made possible because, as the holiday of Passover approached, she began to miss her parents and the festive mood in their home. 

      In February, a 15-year-old missing Jewish teen from Lod was found in an Arab village, a few weeks after running away with an Arab man.

      Gopstein, who has said the Knesset must pass a law that prohibits seduction of a minor, in order to fight the phenomenon of assimilation, told Arutz Sheva that Lehaha deliberately made the fake invitation shocking.

      “We wrote Al Quds instead of Jerusalem at the top of the invitation and said that the wedding is taking place in Ramallah,” he said. “Our intention is to shock parents. To date we’ve received very good responses.”