Is This Rape?

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Have you heard about this story from Israel yet?

Sabbar Kashur is an Arab-Israeli from Jerusalem. He met an Israeli woman, and had a one night stand with her. She went to the police and claimed that she wouldn’t have slept with him if she knew he was Arab, but he pretended to be Jewish in order to get in her pants. This past week, Kashur was sentenced to 18 months in prison for rape by deception.

I’m not about to defend Kashur as a good guy. If he did go out of his way to lie to this woman just to sleep with her, then he did something wrong. But rape? That’s just kind of crazy.

The saddest thing about this whole thing is that Kashur is going to be going to jail based off of what I can only assume is racism. I’m sure that the woman regrets sleeping with him, but everything she did was consensual. Just because you regret your actions, it doesn’t mean someone needs to be punished for it. You move on.

If this was the law here, every putz in a bar on a Saturday night would be in prison. We all make ourselves up to be better and more appealing than we actually are. This guy might have done it on a more extreme level, but that doesn’t make it illegal. It makes him a jerk.

Posted on July 22, 2010

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6 thoughts on “Is This Rape?

  1. hmgtexas

    This is like one of the questions we had in law school.(If you give a prostitute a hot check-is it Rape? This was a Horrible decision by the Israeli court!

  2. PloniAlmoni

    FYI: there is a major part of this story missing. This law was put in place after a Jewish Israeli (hatz v’halila!) deceived a whole bunch of women into sleeping with him. The law protects women from deceitful men, but in turn downplays the seriousness of rape and it takes the responsibility off individuals for their part in consensual sex.

    But now that this law is being used against an Israeli Arab everyone is suddenly crying foul and calling Israel extra racist. This is beside the point.

    What is most disgusting is women giving their bodies up so easily and then calling it rape. When will we get smart, girls?

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