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Israeli Parliament holds debate on miscegenation.


Israel’s right-wing ruling coalition is expected to endorse a government policy of discouraging mixed relationships between Jews and Arabs. Likud, the most powerful party, maintains that opposition to mixed marriages does not constitute “racism,” but simply a desire to preserve what is unique about one’s own group.

Already Israel has passed a “deceit rape” law. A Jewish woman can have an Arab man charged with rape, if he pretended to be Jewish when they had relations. At least one Arab has been prosecuted already. Israel also makes guest workers sign an agreement not to have sexual relations with Israeli citizens.

From Jerusalem Post…

Marriages between Jewish women and Arab men took center stage at a meeting of the Knesset Committee for the Advancement of Women this week, when committee chairwoman Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) hosted a hearing on the subject in honor of Jewish Identity Day in the Knesset.

“We must confront the fact that the country has not valued education, which is the only way to prevent Jewish women from forging life connections with non-Jews,” Hotovely said.

“The struggle against assimilation only reaches headlines through stories about Jewish women marrying Muslim men, but it is important to remember that the phenomenon is much wider – 92,000 mixed families live in the State of Israel. There is a need to create a curriculum for girls in high schools that deals with Jewish identity. The fact that girls reach a state of intermarriage testifies to the fact that the education system was absent.”

Jewish Identity Day in the Knesset on Tuesday was sponsored by the Tzohar organization and by MK Zevulun Orlev (Habayit Hayehudi), and featured a number of committee meetings, all focusing on aspects of Jewish identity in Israel. But not all the lawmakers thought that the subject was appropriate material for a committee hearing.

“There cannot be a hearing that seeks to determine with whom it is permissible to be married. It is a personal issue – there are things that the state should not be involved with,” complained MK Taleb a-Sanaa (United Arab List-Ta’al). “This hearing gives legitimacy to an anti-democratic and very dangerous situation in which the Knesset is expected to back up Halacha – the concept of Jewish identity does not need to make racism kosher.”