From Gideon Levy on his visit to the Palestinian village of Batir (near Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank), at the invitation of Haaretz reader Nidal Zeghayer, 22, who says that “He does not envision himself marrying in accordance with Arab tradition. ‘I’m against marriage. With us it’s not marriage – it’s an agreement among groups, among families. It’s slavery. The idea of a traditional wedding is unacceptable to me. I’ll marry in the future, but not this way. If you love someone, you need to live with her. I don’t need a show of power with a wedding with the whole village. There is no equality between men and women with us, but nor is there in the West”… This observation is posted here.