Rabbis' Wives Advise: 'Don't Date Non-Jews'

Diatribe against Arab men raises charges of racism
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 29, 2010 3:06 PM CST
Israeli women ride their bikes with their children in Tel Aviv in this 2009 file photo.   (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

(Newser) – A letter in Israel signed by 30 rabbis' wives offers clear-cut dating advice to young Jewish women: Stay away from "non-Jews," and especially Arab men. "There are no few Arab workers who use a Hebrew name," warns the letter, as recounted by AOL News. "Yusuf turns into Yossi, Samir turns into Sami and Abed turns into Ami. They seek your company, try to get you to like them and give you all the attention in the world. But as soon as you're in their hands, in their village, under their control, everything changes."

The letter-signers belong to a group whose stated goal is "saving the daughters of Israel" from assimilation, and it's an example of how Israel "is falling into a deep, dark pit of racism" one rabbi tells Haaretz. A political science professor at Hebrew University adds: "If you change the word 'Arabs' to 'Jews,' this letter could have been published in a Nazi newspaper."

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