Palestinian Convicted of “Deceit Rape” After Lying About Being Jewish

A Palestinian man was convicted of rape after having consensual sex with a Jewish woman who believed he was Jewish as well.

Thirty year-old Sabbar Kashur met the woman in downtown Jerusalem in September 2008, introducing himself as a single Jew. Later that night they had sex. When the woman discovered he was actually Arab, she filed a criminal complaint for rape and indecent assault, later changing it to rape by deception through a plea bargain.

Kashur argues, “I would say she set upon me. She was interested in my motorcycle and so we talked. I didn’t pretend. I said my name is Dudu because that’s how everybody knows me. My wife even calls me that.”

Still, for almost two years Kashur has been under house arrest.

On Monday, the judges sentenced Kashur to eighteen months in jail. While they acknowledged it was not a “a classical rape by force,” they argued, “If she hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have cooperated…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.”

This is not the first time an Israeli court has convicted a person of rape by deception. Al-Jazeera reports that in 2008, Israel’s High Court of Justice convicted a man who impersonated a housing ministry official and promised women apartments in exchange for sex.

Abeer Baker, an attorney for the Arab rights group Adalah, claims the recent verdict is based on discrimination, arguing, “The ruling seems to say that if a ‘reasonable’ Jewish woman knew a man was an Arab, then she would not make love to him.”

In addition, Israeli commentator Gideon Levy asks, “What if this guy had been a Jew who pretended to be a Muslim and had sex with a Muslim woman? Would he have been convicted of rape? The answer is: of course not.”

Elkana Laist of the Public Defender’s Office argues that the verdict sets a dangerous precedent. “Every time the court thinks a reasonable woman would not have had sex with a man based on that representation, the man will be charged with rape.”

On the other hand, Dana Pugach, head of the Noga Center for Victims of Crime, argues, “We all have different characteristics, and it is a person’s right to have sexual relations with a person knowing the facts about those characteristics.”


ANGIE Harper
angie Harper5 years ago

You go Ian!! Bravo...I can't stand bigots, and you are totally correct. People get half a tale, and pronounce a judgement. Only when you walk in those shoes.....
I think the Israeli Government show immense patience with what they put up with in this century and particularly the last. If your people had been persecuted for centuries, likely millenium's you might feel differently.
When a woman cries RAPE!!!!! it needs to be addressed with compassionate and tender care, but there are those out there through mental illness or not, who will lie for revenge or downright
Always try to fully understand the situation, I also applaud those Palestinians who fight peacefully for their rights too, so I take no favor to either side. Just the side of peace and understanding.

Ian T.
Ian T5 years ago

"you would think the Jewish girl would have more hutzpa than that...........and more self respect for herself...but I guess the whole world gives in to the unholiness in the HOLY LAND."

June, clearly you don't know what the word "chutzpah" means, so please don't use it.

Furthermore, what was established in later reporting was that the woman in question had had a history of past sexual abuse, had been living in a women's shelter, and that the deceit rape charge was a plea bargin because prosecution had determined that the victim was too traumatized to take the witness stand.

Lovely how some progressive folk stop "caring" about rape when the victim is Jewish.

June Lacy
June Lacy5 years ago

you would think the Jewish girl would have more hutzpa than that...........and more self respect for herself...but I guess the whole world gives in to the unholiness in the HOLY LAND.

Ian T.
Ian T6 years ago

Thank you, Kurt Klingbeil, for being supportive efforts to get to the heart of the matter:

It's really disgusting that for some people rape is okay when the victim is a.) Jewish, and b.) too emotionally damaged to speak up for herself due to a well-documented history of having been sexually abused.

Eug F.
Eug F.6 years ago

Looks like Dudu is in alot of dodo. It is a nice bike though.

Eug F.
Eug F.6 years ago

This is too funny to be taken seriously. I mean at any time in consensual sex a woman can change her mind and decide its rape? Wow. But the Palestinian couldnt have been too bright must have been the foreskin that gave him away. Its a mad mad mad world out there.

Helen S.
Helen S.6 years ago

There seems to be some questions with regards to the facts of this case, and one person has written that new evidence shows there was a real rape. However, to have a law which says that you can be convicted of rape if you lied about yourself, is ridiculous. If it's true that she consented, then this man has been very unjustly treated. He may be a bastard, cheating on his wife and lying to this woman to get her into bed, but should that be a crime? She sounds like a racist as she liked him enough to sleep with him after just meeting him, but when she found out he was an Arab, she accuses him of rape. If she wanted to sue him in a civil suit, fine, but it shouldn't be a criminal act. I'm appalled that such a law should exist. After all women are adults and should take responsibility for their own actions. Perhaps one should wait longer to sleep with someone, get to know them first. I've been with more than a few men who lied about themselves, and were married. If we had such a law, I could claim rape, and how ridiculous would that be. These are personal matters and should not be criminal ones. I say get over it and move on, and if there really was a real rape then she should have been brave enough to say so in the first place.

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil6 years ago

OOPS, ran out of room due to longwindedness...

I reiterate that the most intelligent and caring post was by Ian T. in which he posted this link:

I directly and personally challenge and double-dog-dare everyone, especially the most vociferous/righteous opiners, to read that information and examine your heart to see whether your "position" may have changed in any way.

Consider it a kind of self-administered relevance litmus test.

If you can sense that your position has changed in some way, I invite you to post an update which reflects and summarizes that. I believe you demonstrate an active capacity for Care-ing and healing your own crunchinesses.

If you honestly believe that your original position/comments are still unalterably RIGHT, I acknowledge your contribution of teaching by counterexample.

kurt klingbeil
kurt klingbeil6 years ago

I feel multiply-saddened for having wandered into this, and express this only as a means of not allowing the residue to fully remain within me.

I will continue to advocate for Care2 and my naive aspiration that people are drawn here for some higher purpose than launching off onto tangents projecting and venting their unresolved personal issues, with full and unrestricted extrapolation and interpolation of real and imaginary "facts", onto whomever, with little regard for the effects...

Then I thought, "Oh lighten up, it's kinda like a therapy rap session..." but it quickly occurred to me that it isn't therapy at all to simply re-spew, yet again, one of YOUR (or MY) trauma-induced storylines calcified within YOUR (or MY) bodymind, this time with new costume and scenery adapted from the latest little info-bite YOU (or I) came across.
There might be some healing possible if we all do our best to not just "Aha! I knew it! Well, blahblahblah to you!!!" reactivity thing. Knowing that all of our expressions are going to be tinged, to a lesser or greater degree, by our calcified, non-objective states, if we look for some some way in which the expressions of others can colour/shift/change/reverse our own "position" (anything except strengthen, make us feel ever MORE right) - especially when we don't have direct first-hand intimacy with the situation - then we open ourselves to healing.

@Ian T. The most intelligent and Care-ing post by far was by Ian T. I challenge you all

Ian T.
Ian T7 years ago

Laurence B.: You are repeating a lies that also happen to be irrelevant to the article in question.

"israel is made up of a group of disenfranchised europeans intent upon upsetting their new neighbours."

Most of Israel's population at it's founding were Mizrahi Jews-- and thus indigenous to the Middle East, many of whom, like the Sephardic Jews of North Africa were fleeing ethnic cleansing from Arab-speaking countries.

In fact, the number of Jewish refugees from the Arab-Israeli conflict greatly out-number the number of Palestinian-Arab refugees.

Secondly, it was the neighbors who invaded Israel in 1948, 1967, and 1973, or fired missiles into Israel 1982, 1991, 2006, and 2008 and thus initiated their conflicts. In most cases, the same neighbors that ethnically cleansed their Jewish populations in previous years.