I would like to find numbers on this- the rate of intermarriage between Jews and non Jews in Israel. And then, of course, I could swear it is always a non-Jewish man and a Jewish woman. This is probably irrelevant and not the place for this discussion, but as an arab woman of religious minority, the glaring, sexist double standard in this issue angers me: Palestinians would rally in support of a mixed wedding only when the woman is the “other”. It is exactly the same between Muslims and Christians in our so-called “tolerant” societies. We take your women, but we would never give ours. What would then happen to a household? (Because, of course, a household is defined by the religion of the father). Until a muslim woman is free by law to marry a christian, until a christian or muslim woman is free to marry a jew, until a christian woman can love a muslim without fearing being shot to death by her male relatives (at worst) or having to cut ties with her entire family (at best), all this talk of coexistence is nonsense. All this boasting of how forgiving and tolerant our societies are is pathetic. This conflation of religion and race is the root of all evil. True, with islam and christianity in the middle east (I hate the term; Arab countries, rather) it is less a question of “purity” and more a question of identity, but it is still a similar problem. It is the belief that an American Jew has more right to a land than those who were born there, because of his “genes”. It is the idea that an American man is by default a christian and is therefore “closer” (genetically? culturally? spiritually? racially?) to me than my muslim friend with whom I share the same language and the same culture; it is the idea that any random Malaysian or Turkish or woman would definitely make a better mother for that muslim man’s children, just because she is a muslim. Religious identity is dangerous. The idea of “jewish blood” is misleading and dangerous, and I feel that, post 9-11, a similar idea of “muslim blood” is being perpetuated earth-wide and is taking hold of people’s minds. People use the words arab or palestinian or jordanian less often- they say muslim, using it as an ethnicity.