[Marxism] In Israel, Miscegenation Equals Rape

Dennis Brasky dmozart1756 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 21 23:12:46 MDT 2010


By Yifat Susskind, myMadre Blog / Madre.org – 21 July 2010
http://madreblogs.typepad.com/mymadre/2010/07/in-israel-miscegenation-equals-rape.html

On Monday, Sabbar Kashur, a young Palestinian man from East Jerusalem, was
sentenced to 18 months in prison for something called *“rape by
deception.”<http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jul/21/arab-guilty-rape-consensual-sex-jew>
* Apparently, Mr. Kashur had consensual sex with a Jewish Israeli woman
after assuring her that he was also Jewish. When she found out that he had
lied to her, she went to the police.

Imagine living in a society where you can say, “I wish I had never slept
with you. I’m going to the cops.” Only it’s not funny because Sabbar Kashur
will probably go to jail for a year and a half. Meanwhile, efforts to combat
actual sexual violence are undermined by a cynical distortion of the term
rape. The real crime here, of course, is miscegenation.

Anyone from the US should recognize the Jerusalem District Court’s ruling
for what it is: an anti-miscegenation measure on par with the now-defunct US
laws against “race mixing” that were once used to uphold white supremacy.
For most of us in the US, dating across race lines now seems about as edgy
as wearing white after Labor Day. You can read Angela Davis’ *Women, Race
and Class* for a reminder of how white Americans’ obsession with “racial
purity” was codified to keep African Americans and white women in their
place. That’s the paradigm in which we should understand this case.

In the US, anti-miscegenation laws were on the books until 1967, when the
Supreme Court declared them unconstitutional. That was the same year that
Israel began its occupation of Sabbar Kashur’s home in East Jerusalem. Since
then, Israelis have fine-tuned their own obsession with racial purity. Only
they like to call it “national purity,” since Jewish privilege in Israel
depends on maintaining the Jewish character of the state. In fact,
race-mixing is perceived as such a threat that more than half of all Israeli
Jews agree that Jewish-Arab intermarriage is a form of treason.

In the East Jerusalem “neighborhood” (it’s really a settlement) of Pisgat
Ze’ev, a group of men who call themselves “Fire for Judaism” actually patrol
the streets in the hopes of spotting and disrupting relationships between
Jewish women and Palestinian men. The Israeli towns of Petah Tikva, Kiryat
Gat and even super-liberal Tel Aviv have *government-sponsored municipal
programs to prevent
miscegenation<http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2009/sep/29/israel-jewish-arab-couples>
*. The programs include psychological counseling for Jewish women who stray
and a hotline for people to inform on Jewish women who date Palestinians.

The goal of this week’s court ruling (and of Israeli laws *governing
marriage, adoption and
surrogacy<http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1097>
*) is to prevent Jews and Palestinians from forming intimate or family
relationships. In the West Bank, this degree of separation is ensured by a
giant concrete wall that runs through much of the territory. But where there
is no wall, the state will rely on other forms of power to maintain strict
separation between the two peoples of this land. By the way, the Afrikaans
word for separation is Apartheid.



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