We’ve all done it: told a lie. It doesn’t matter if it was a little white lie or a massive lie. Some have done it for financial gain. Some have done it to seem important. Whatever the reason, it’s not important. I want to tell you story about a lie that has put someone into trouble. A married man meets a younger woman on the street. They strike up a conversation, she asks his name, and he gives a childhood nickname. She asks if he’s married, and he says, “No.” There’s the lie. Many men have done it. It’s not a crime. He’s a scumbag, sure, but nothing more. One thing leads to another, and the two have sex.
End of story, right? Oh no. You see, this is based on a real incident in Israel. The man is an Arab Israeli named Sabbar Kashur, 30. The woman is Jewish. This is the story he has told. The nickname he gave was Dudu, a common Jewish name. Whether the woman, 21, asked if he was Jewish is immaterial. What ended up happening was that Kashur was accused of rape. But this only occurred after the woman discovered he was not Jewish. He was arrested, and placed under house arrest.
Recently, the Israeli court handed down a sentence of eighteen months in prison. What was the crime? Rape by deception. The three judge panel wrote that it was not a classical Rape case, and “If she hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated.” Well, I don’t know about you, but if she honestly thinks meeting a random stranger on a street and having sex with him soon after is going to lead to a serious relationship, then I should be the first to tell her that gullible is, in fact, in the dictionary. It’s even in Hebrew: neefteh l’ha’ameen.
Okay, so she’s pissed. I get that. Unfortunately, though, I suspect it was something more. If it had been a Jewish man, she would not have minded a fling. But an Arab? Why, that creates another problem. It doesn’t matter if you strip away the Religion, skin color, or anything else. At the genetic level, we’re all the same.
What troubles me the most, I suppose is this: would the court have sentenced Kashur so harshly, or at all, had he been Jewish? Is it a case of bigotry on their part? And if it isn’t, then is the court willing to do the exact same for Arab women?