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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