In another anti-Palestinian move, the wives of a group of leading Israeli rabbis have called on Jewish women to avoid marrying or working with Arab men.
The demand, made in a public letter signed by close to 30 rabbis’ wives, portrays Arab men (Palestinians) as inferior to Jewish women whom should be regarded as enemies.
"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. Don’t date non-Jews, don’t work at places that non-Jews frequent, and don’t do national service with non-Jews," reads the letter.
In order to persuade Jewish women, the letter also describes Jewish girls as descended from a noble race of kings, and that dating a non-Jew would cut them off from their Jewish identity.
The demand, which came just weeks after a rabbis’ letter urged Jews not to sell or rent properties to non-Jews, sparked criticism inside Israel with some political and religious figures calling it a "hate campaign."
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has also condemned the anti-Arab letters signed by rabbis and their wives, saying these measures take Israeli into dark places.
"The rabbi’s letter and the letter by rabbis’ wives are part of wave of racism threatening to sweep Israeli society into a dark and dangerous place," Barak said.