Satire: A Letter to International Community Regarding Rape Conviction for Arab Man Who Had Consensual Sex with a Jewish Woman


By Ali Rachid Abbas

An Israeli flag is seen back-dropped by the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem's Old City.

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An Israeli flag is seen back-dropped by the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City

Dear Member of the International Community,

As you may have already heard, those of us who have been dealing with the terror of Palestine had a major victory in the Israeli courts this month. Saber Kashur, an Arab man, has been brought to justice after purposefully withholding his status and engaging in consensual sexual intercourse with Maya, a Jewish-Israeli woman going only by her first name out of fear of violence. In this momentous ruling, the law has made clear that no man or woman would be able to lie about their status to their Israeli partners. Criminals like Kashur would no longer be able to hide their shameful status- to hide the fact that they are Palestinian. This letter is a retelling of this horrific tale and a critical investigation on why it further pathologizes Palestinians, with good reason.

In 2008 Maya strolled down a street in Jerusalem, happily searching for the man of her dreams. As she was heading home, she bumped into Saber Kashur, a man who just finished buying a pack of cigarettes on his break from his job as a delivery person. Seeing Kashur roll the pack of cigarettes into his sleeve, spit a chunk of tobacco from his mouth, and hop onto his motorcycle, Maya fell in love. To an impressionable young woman seeking a serious and committed relationship, Kashur had all the makings of a lifetime partner. He had a low paying job delivering documents for an Israeli law firm, he chain smoked, his bike had skulls and bones decorated on the side and he was married with kids. Most importantly, Kashur was, at least to Maya’s knowledge, Jewish. (She made this assumption based on his nickname, “Dudu,” a very sexy and not at all hilarious way of saying David.)  Kashur was indeed the prince charming of Maya’s fairy tale. Or so she thought.
Being a woman committed to finding a serious relationship, Maya did what any other woman in her position would do to show the prince of her dreams that she was serious about forming a lasting bond. She made small talk over Kashur’s bike, and then proceeded to have sex with him on the roof of a nearby unfinished office building. After a 15-minute consummation, of what Maya thought to be true love, on the rough gravel of a romantic construction site, Maya believed she had found the One. Kashur left after “tapping Maya’s mobile number into his phone” at the same speed he tapped Maya’s… heart, but refused to give up his mobile number (supposedly because his phone was broken and could not receive calls.) Little did Maya know, her life was about to be turned upside down, as this international sex scandal took a turn for the worst.

It is unknown when Maya discovered Kashur’s Palestinian status. Many reports say it was when he left and headed towards his home in the West Bank before his wife got home. Others say it was when his supposedly “broken phone” began to ring with the latest hit by Palestinian rap group DAM. Some reports even say that he began moaning Arabic pet names during sex. Though we may never know how Maya, like a rooftop sex-loving Nancy Drew, solved the mystery of Kashur’s ethnicity, one thing is for sure: Kashur had exposed Maya to Palestine and, through a 15 minute act of (sexual) aggression, showed Maya just what (positions) a Palestinian was capable of. The questions began flooding Maya’s head.

What if, after her uninhibited quickie, Maya was now positive for Palestine? What if she, in her moment of rash purity and ferocious sexual sanctity, had become pregnant and was a carrier for a Palestinian child? Would her family help her care for a child in a society that would seek to deny its existence? Would this change her mind or make the adjustment into her new luxury settlement home on top of Palestinian land in the West Bank more difficult? What side of the massive separation wall would she live on?

How could she ever live with Palestine? These fears were put to rest when Maya was tested at her doctor and was negative for pregnancy, and later tested at a checkpoint as still negative for Palestine. But Maya wanted more than just piece of mind. Maya wanted to make a difference. She wanted Palestinian men everywhere to know that she would not be silent- to know that if their rockets where to land south of the Israeli border, they would be met with the strong arm of Israeli law.

This month, after a two year uphill court battle, Maya found justice. The Israeli courts finally convicted Kashur and sentenced him to 18 months in prison. Judge Zvi Segal explained in his verdict that it was not a “classical rape,” but that if Maya “hadn’t thought the accused was a Jewish bachelor interested in a serious romantic relationship, she would not have co-operated.” Though no one in the court room could really distinguish between the genres of rape, such as “classical,” contemporary and soul, they all could agree that sex for women is an act of cooperation and Maya was indeed a victim of “rape by deception.” Continuing his speech, Judge Segal explained that courts were obliged to protect the public interest from “smooth-tongued criminals who can deceive innocent victims at an unbearable price – the sanctity of their bodies and souls-” a claim that was supported during Maya’s cross-examination over the texture of Kashur’s tongue. Maya had won the battle but remained broken over the horrifying fact that she was foolish enough to share an act as sacred as public sex, without asking whether or not the man was Palestinian. Leaving the courts, Maya explained that she “still believed in true love” and “will try harder to find the right biker next time.” Meanwhile Kashur returned home to his forgiving wife, leaving only a cryptic and ominous message saying, “I’d hit that again if she won’t tell my wife.” Now Kashur wasn’t just a sleazy unfaithful husband; he was a Palestinian and a convicted rapist.

Maya’s harrowing story had a happy ending, but the same cannot be said for women everywhere who might not be aware that their one-night stands or long term partners are not the people they believe them to be. Because some anti-Semitic human rights activists would have you believe that Palestinians are human beings deserving of dignity like everyone else on the planet, including their Israeli counterparts, it becomes increasingly difficult to differentiate Palestinians from all other people. In a parallel universe in which Palestinians, probably mostly Muslims, rule the Earth, casual and consensual sex encounters might be considered acts of recreational and sweaty fun. But in the world we live in, a world teeming with terrorism and devilish brown men trying to trick upstanding innocent white women into cooperative sex,

Israel has every right to defend the purity of its women’s bodies and souls. Although Israeli support for Palestinian self-determination on the rise and the international community condemning Israel’s acts of violence towards the Palestinians, we believe Maya’s story changes everything. Only she can inspire the fear of Palestinian men that a peaceful, just and totally not racist society needs to stay intact.

With the haunting apparition of Kashur raping (by deception) an innocent Maya still fresh in your mind, we hope you will strive to remind the international community of the dangers of Palestine and its sexually promiscuous biker community. We urge you and your partner to encourage the building of local checkpoints in hopes of preventing any further rise in the case of Palestinian hit-and-run sexcapades. We also encourage you to call your representatives to demand that stricter propaganda and (sex)educational programs be distributed to prepare those who may potentially hook-up with a Palestinian. Because together, as this joyous court ruling demonstrates, we can all be just a little more racist.

Sincerely,

The Anti-Defamation of Body/Soul Sanctity League

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Ali Rachid Abbas is a graduate student of New York University’s interdisciplinary studies Draper program.
He is the author of “Greetings From…,” a visual installation on technology and the fear of brown folk.

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One thought on “Satire: A Letter to International Community Regarding Rape Conviction for Arab Man Who Had Consensual Sex with a Jewish Woman

  1. I thought this was a “spoof” as I began to read it. This is truly unbelieveable in 2010!! How anyone who has concentual sex with a stranger on a roof can make any complaint is beyond imagination unless perhaps it was actually a dog or a donkey dressed up as a human. 😦

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