Last week the court ruled on a case involving a woman who said she believed the Arab man with whom she had consensual sex a few minutes after meeting him was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious relationship. Some Israeli commentators greeted the ruling with incredulity and dismay; some have denounced it as anti-Arab racism. Kushour does not deny that he had a one-time sexual encounter with the woman, who was identified as Maya, but he denies that he misrepresented himself as Jewish in order to sleep with her. In an interview with the British Guardian newspaper published Sunday, Kushour — who is known by the Jewish nickname Dudu, a sobriquet for David — said Maya never asked if he was Jewish and did not appear to be looking for a long-term relationship when the encounter took place in Within 15 minutes of meeting each other, the couple had consensual sex on the top of a nearby building. Kushour left the woman immediately afterward, but not before tapping her phone number into his cell phone. Maya filed a police complaint shortly after the encounter, and when Kushour called her six weeks later, she had enough contact information to have him picked up by police and confined to house arrest for the past two years.
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A court in Jerusalem has made international legal history by jailing Sabbar Kashur, a year-old delivery man from East Jerusalem, for 18 months. He was convicted of "rape by deception" following a criminal trial that has drawn criticism from across Israel. The court heard accusations that Mr Kashur misled the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, by introducing himself with the traditionally Jewish name during a chance encounter on a street in central Jerusalem in After striking up a conversation, the two went into a top-floor room of a nearby office-block and engaged in a sexual encounter, after which Mr Kashur left before the woman had a chance to get dressed. It was only later that she discovered Mr Kashur's true racial background, lawyers said. Although conceding that the sex was consensual, district court judge Tzvi Segal concluded that the law had a duty to protect women from "smooth-tongued criminals who can deceive innocent victims at an unbearable price".
Thirty-nine-year-old Amani, a Palestinian mother of seven, is a victim of domestic abuse. As a young girl, her father would hit her. When she was 14, her father forced her to marry an Arab Israeli. Three years later, he forced me to remarry, this time to a year-old man, also from an Arab village in Israel. The ongoing cycle of abuse, humiliation, and helplessness drove Amani to attempt suicide. So I left the shelter. Still, she has no legal status in Israel and without documentation, she cannot support herself.
A Palestinian man has been convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a woman who had believed him to be a fellow Jew. Sabbar Kashur, 30, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on Monday after the court ruled that he was guilty of rape by deception. According to the complaint filed by the woman with the Jerusalem district court, the two met in downtown Jerusalem in September where Kashur, an Arab from East Jerusalem, introduced himself as a Jewish bachelor seeking a serious relationship. The two then had consensual sex in a nearby building before Kashur left. When she later found out that he was not Jewish but an Arab, she filed a criminal complaint for rape and indecent assault. Although Kashur was initially charged with rape and indecent assault, this was changed to a charge of rape by deception as part of a plea bargain arrangement. Handing down the verdict, Tzvi Segal, one of three judges on the case, acknowledged that sex had been consensual but said that although not "a classical rape by force," the woman would not have consented if she had not believed Kashur was Jewish. The sex therefore was obtained under false pretences, the judges said.