Israeli woman alleges rape after sex with an Arab she thought was Jewish

Israeli woman alleges rape after sex with an Arab she thought was Jewish July 21, 2010

AN Arab man, convicted in Israel of rape after he had consensual sex with a Jewish woman who later found out that he was an Arab, has called the verdict racist.
Sabbar Kashur, 30, was found guilty this week  of “rape by deception” by the Israeli court and sentenced to 18 months in jail.
According to the complaint filed by the woman, the two met in a Jerusalem street in 2008 and had sex that day.
According to the BBC, when she discovered he was not Jewish, but an Arab, she went to the police.
Kashur was arrested and charged with rape and indecent assault, but the charges were later replaced by a different charge of “rape by deception”.
Kashur, who has been under house arrest for two years, insists he did not pretend to be Jewish.
He told reporters that he is known by friends and family by the nickname Dudu, which is more commonly used by Jews called David.

If I were Jewish, they wouldn’t have even questioned me.

In the court’s ruling the judge, Zvi Segal, wrote:

If she had not thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious relationship, she would not have co-operated. The court is obliged to protect the public interest from sophisticated, smooth-tongued criminals who can deceive innocent victims at an unbearable price – the sanctity of their bodies and souls.

But Kashur says events were different.

I’d say she set upon me. She was interested in my motorcycle and so we talked. I didn’t pretend.

There is a precedent in Israel for criminal charges being brought in such cases.
One man who told women he slept with he was a neurosurgeon in order to impress them was convicted of fraud.
A lawyer with the Public Defenders’ Office claimed the court had gone too far. Said Elkana Laist:

The test the court used is problematic. Every time a man tells a woman he loves her, based on which she sleeps with him, he could be convicted of rape.

Kashur’s lawyers say he will appeal against the sentence.
Gideon Levy, a liberal Israeli commentator, was quoted in the Guardian as saying:

I would like to raise only one question with the judge. What if this guy had been a Jew who pretended to be a Muslim and had sex with a Muslim woman? Would he have been convicted of rape? The answer is: of course not.

Note: The picture used to illustrate this report was taken from an al Jazeera blog which described the verdict as “incredible”.
Hat tip: Adam Tjaavk

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