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When is a Kashur Not So Kosher?

You can’t trust anybody these days, can you?

Mr. Sabbar Kashur, a 30 year old resident of Jerusalem, met a woman in September 2008, had sexual intercourse with her in a nearby building, and left without waiting for her to dress. What chutzpah!

Geez. wham, bam and not even a thank you, ma’am.

When the woman learned that he was not Jewish, she had him charged with indecent assault and rape. The complaint said that he presented himself as a single Jewish man seeking a romantic long term relationship. This week, he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison by the Jerusalem District Court.

Tzvi Segal, the deputy president of the Jerusalem district court, along with his colleagues, Judge Moshe Drori and Judge Yoram Noam, wrote in their verdict that although this was not “a classical rape by force,” and though the sex was consensual between the two adults, the consent itself was obtained through deception and under false pretenses. “If she had not thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated,” wrote the judges.

Judge Segal added that “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… When the very basis of trust between human beings drops, especially when the matters at hand are so intimate, sensitive and fateful, the court is required to stand firmly at the side of the victims … otherwise, they will be used, manipulated and misled, while paying only a tolerable and symbolic price.”

Can someone get me an Israeli lawyer for an additional opinion? Does this mean that if an American says that he plans to make aliyah, and doesn’t… he he liable to accused of deception? What if one of the sexual partners says he or she is in an elite IDF unit or a prestigious yeshiva. Is this also deception? (psst.. I am a pilot, but used to be in the Golani Brigade) I think that this verdict can change much of how the genders interact in Israel. Or am I woefully wrong?

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