the city of Petah Tikva created a hotline that parents and friends can use to inform on Jewish women who mix with Arab men. The women are then treated as pathological cases and sent to a psychologist.
In 2008, the southern city of Kiryat Gat launched a program in its schools to warn Jewish girls about the dangers of dating local Bedouin men. The girls were shown a video calledSleeping with the Enemy, which describes mixed couples as an “unnatural phenomenon.”
Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu once told a local newspaper that the seduction of Jewish girls is “another form of war,” and a religious organisation called Yad L'Achim conducts military-style rescues of women from “hostile” Arab villages, in co-ordination with the police and army.
In 2009, a government-backed television advertising campaign, later withdrawn, urged Israeli Jews to report relatives abroad who were in danger of marrying non-Jews.
It is no wonder that, according to a poll from 2007, more than half of all Israeli Jews believe that intermarriage should be equated with “national treason.”