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Palestinian Man Convicted of Rape For Claiming He Was Jewish

When a Lie Makes Sex Rape

An Israeli court convicted a Palestinian man of rape after having otherwise consensual sex with a Jewish woman under the pretense that he was also Jewish. The 30-year-old Arab man will serve 18 months in prison for "rape by deception." When the two had met in downtown Jerusalem, the man introduced himself as a Jewish bachelor looking for a serious relationship — later that night, well before they could enter a serious relationship, the two had sex in a nearby building.

If simply lying about yourself in order to have a one-night stand is rape, then How I Met Your Mother's Barney Stinson, and countless other real people, are rapists. Most women assume that when they go to bed with someone they just met, they might not have the whole story. What if you go to bed with a guy who pretends to be more successful than he really is? It seems that in the Israeli case, the fact that the man lied about his ethnicity and religion make the lie worse. But should it?

Find out more after the jump.

If someone lies to you about something your deem important, say an STI or religion, it might make you consent to sex when you wouldn't have otherwise. But shouldn't a person having a one-night stand assume some of the risk of sleeping with a stranger? In fact, whenever you have consensual sex, even with your boyfriend, you might later find out that the person has some secrets or was dishonest. Perhaps that's why we can differentiate this case from the man who impersonated his twin brother to sleep with the brother's girlfriend — the woman thought she was sleeping with a completely different person, and once she found out who he really was, she tried to stop having sex with him.

It's not admirable to lie to someone to get them to sleep with you, but I think cases like this one might diminish claims of rape under other circumstances. What do you think?

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Tonii2010 Tonii2010 6 years
I think this is very wrong in so many ways. It was a choice she made on her own to sleep with this man whether he was lying or not. Shouldn't she be thrown in jail as well for having sex and she is not married to him and she is Jewish? I thought that it was against Jewish laws. To me this does not make any sense what so ever. It is racist and bias and a law that should be banned.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
actually, i believe this law was created after a few cases of muslim extremists luring israeli jews into relationships under the pretense that they were also jewish. they would sometimes force the women into other sex acts, etc. i think the law is ridiculous, no matter what the context. but that's where it came from. as long as my sources were correct.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 6 years
This law seems really antiquated and is obviously motivated by racism.
skigurl skigurl 6 years
it's just like any guy lying in a bar, saying he's single when he's married, saying he is rich when he's poor, saying his best buddy is that dude from that tv show, acting sweet but really he's a jerk...lying about your religion is just the same thing. you went home with a guy you met in a bar. don't assume he was strapped to a polygraph when he told you what he told you.
snarkypants snarkypants 6 years
ugh. this story makes me sick. it undermines actual rape victims.
Natalie-Love Natalie-Love 6 years
I moved from Israel when I was little and these kind of stories make me glad I'm not there now! So the Jewish girl freaked out she slept with a non-jew? Shouldn't she not be having sex with strangers if she's so religious anyway?
chequettex chequettex 6 years
Yeah, that's not rape. It's despicable that a man would lie like that to get a woman into bed, but that's just bad judgement on her part for having sex with a man she barely knew. You can't consent and then call it rape later.
weffie weffie 6 years
Poor guy :( Even if he is kind of a jerk, she consented... What a bitch.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
Considering the conflict between Palestine and Israel, this is essentially discrimination at work. I don't believe that man should have been convicted of rape. If you truly think you've never slept with a liar, you're probably really naive. I don't think lying about yourself to get a better chance of a one-night stand makes you a rapist. Maybe a little bit of a scumbag, but not a rapist.
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