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Over the course of 16 largely happy years of marriage and raising children, the couple have had to vault hurdles thrown up by the Israeli state and their respective societies.Amer is an Arab-Israeli, a Palestinian born in Israel and who holds Israeli citizenship.There are restrictions to whom a Muslim man can marry.Muslim men are forbidden from marrying polytheist women.
“I come from a paradox of a family of post-Holocaust Jewish liberals who believe in human rights and that everyone is equal - but just don’t marry a non-Jew,” she said.
The demonstration was picketed by members of Lehava, a Right-wing Jewish group that aggressively opposes assimilation between Jews and Arabs.
Varda started to argue with the Lehava, who quickly surrounded the couple.
Going through Israel’s Ben Gurion airport is a “degrading and painful” experience that invariably means extra security searches and questions.
Varda is the more political of the two and in 2014 she took Amer to an anti-racism rally in Jerusalem.