Ynet has an interesting article today about what they term a racist leaflet from an extremist Jewish organisation called Lehava. The stated aim of Lehava is to prevent Jewish women from marrying out of the Jewish religion.
This is the headline from Ynet about a leaflet that Lehava have produced and are handing out to warn people not to let their daughters mix with non Jews
Jerusalem: Ads warn parents – keep daughters away from Arabs
But is it really simple racism? Islam does not allow Muslim women to marry other than a Muslim man, although Muslim men may marry a Jew or a Christian. The logic being that the man is the leader of the household so his religion will become dominant over his wife’s and the children will be raised as Muslim. In Islam there is no racist element to this rule indeed Islam is totally against any form of racism. But would it be termed extremist for Muslims to produce leaflets to remind other Muslims of our religious rules?
The leaflet produced by Lehava falls into racism in my opinion, where it stipulates
Don’t let her work with Arabs or do national service with non-Jews, don’t let her work in place that employs enemies and don’t bring home migrant workers…”
What should we understand the “enemies” to be? Does it mean Arabs or any non Jews?
In the U.K. Muslims are always being accused of not integrating, although Muslim men and women work together with non Muslims pretty widely. Muslim girls are brought up to know that they marry only Muslims, Lehava go much further with their suggestion of don’t bring home migrant workers etc.
So is it blatant racism?
Should Muslims worry about being labelled extremist when we promote sticking to Islamic rules?
Should Muslims worry about being accused of non integration if we want to minimise the chances of miscegenation in the workplace?
Are Arab men really so irresistable?
What this article tells me is that religious Jews and secular Jews are on a collision course in Israel.
وَالْمُحْصَنَـتُ مِنَ الْمُؤْمِنَـتِ وَالْمُحْصَنَـتُ مِنَ الَّذِينَ أُوتُواْ الْكِتَـبَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ إِذَآ ءَاتَيْتُمُوهُنَّأُجُورَهُنَّ مُحْصِنِينَ غَيْرَ مُسَافِحِينَ وَلاَ مُتَّخِذِى أَخْدَانٍ
And [lawful in marriage are] chaste women from among the believers and chaste women from among those who were given the Scripture before you, when you have given them their due compensation, desiring chastity, not unlawful sexual intercourse or taking [secret] lovers