At least 27 Israeli rabbis' wives have signed a letter calling on Jewish women to avoid intermarriage with Arabs and even avoid working alongside Arab men, Israeli media reported on Wednesday.
The letter also warns Jewish women they risk falling under the sway of Arab men if they serve alongside them in Israel's national service.
"For your sake, for the sake of future generations, and so you don't undergo horrible suffering, we turn to you with a request, a plea, a prayer," said the text of the letter as quoted in media reports.
"Don't date non-Jews, don't work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don't do national service with non-Jews."
The letter accuses Arab men of using Jewish names to deceive unsuspecting women, and warns a life of "curses, beatings and humiliations" awaits them if they date or marry an Arab.
"There are quite a few Arab workers who use Hebrew names. Yusuf becomes Yossi, Samir becomes Sami and Abed becomes Ami," the letter was quoted as saying.
"They ask to be close to you, try to find favour with you, and give you all the attention in the world... but their behaviour is only temporary. The moment you are in their hands, in their village, under their control, everything changes.
"Your life will never go back to the way it was, and the attention you so desired will turn into curses, beatings, and humiliations," the letter warns.
Among the signatories to the letter are the wives and daughters of senior rabbis, including the daughter of Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual head of the ultra-Orthodox party Shas, which is part of Israel's coalition government.
The letter is reportedly being distributed by a group called Lehava (Flames), an organisation that seeks to prevent Jewish assimilation and says it draws inspiration from the legacy of anti-Arab rabbi Meir Kahana.
Kahana, who was assassinated in New York in 1990, led the Kach movement, which promoted an extreme right-wing racism against Arabs that led to it being banned in Israel in 1994.
The letter comes as rights groups warn of a rising tide of anti-Arab sentiment in Israeli society.
In recent weeks, about 300 rabbis have signed a letter calling on Jews to avoid renting or selling property to non-Jews, and right-wing groups have staged demonstrations warning Jews against fraternising with Arabs.
The rabbis' letter drew widespread condemnation, including from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but a poll published on Tuesday showed Israelis are evenly divided on the issue.
The survey, which had a margin of error of 4.5 percent, found 44 percent of Israeli Jews supported the rabbis' calls, while 48 percent were opposed.
Rabbis’ wives urge girls not to date or work with Arabs; the letter comes on the heels of a letter earlier this month endorsed by dozens of municipal rabbis that urged Jews not to rent or sell homes to non-Jews.
It is widely known throughout the Torah that there are seventy nations in the world divided according to seventy languages that were known to the Rabbis prior to the 2000 years of Roman exile. The Arab and Jewish Peoples are not part of the nations of the world.
The Arab and Jewish Peoples are the direct descendants of Avraham whose presence on earth marked the beginning of two thousand year period during which teachers populate the earth. The 6000 year Hebrew calendar is divided into 2000 years of Tohu/Chaos, 2000 years of Torah/Teaching and 2000 years of Moshiach.
Presently the date is 5771, 229 years before the end of the Hebrew calendar in 6000. Both the Jewish and Arab Peoples were conscripted to devote the resources of their peoples to bringing Moshiach to the world. Both the Torah and the Koran are prophetic texts brought down from heaven.
The Arab and Jewish Peoples are brother and sister which is good enough reason not to intermarry; each people has a specific duty to accomplish in this world – but ultimately we are family. Politics and religion is all that divides; Torah and Koran melding together can produce Middle East peace.
Wow only 27? I wonder how much power and influence they will have?
intermarriage is a no no...
but what about casual inter-religious sex?
Jews have been maligned, persecuted, isolated, and humiliated for centuries. Now some among Israel’s elite believe it is virtuous to do the same to others. Their hypocrisy speaks for itself.
At least the majority disagree with them, even with a slim margin.
Dare I say I partly agree with them?
Each to their own and I'd hate to see Arabs openly discriminated against, especially to the point where they can't rent property, but I think every non Arab women would be well advised to stay clear of Arab men, because much the treatment warned in this letter does indeed happen in their society.
Apparently there is nothing new under the sun. Most other religions have been preaching this exact propaganda for eons. Intermingling is "poisoning" the purity of the religion. But the directive also encourages inbreeding, and all kinds of other problems whether directly or indirectly.
However, to each his/her own.
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