Israel’s Ministry of Education decided, for sound reasons not to include in its syllabus a novel that glorifies a situation where an Arab man falls in love with a Jewish girl.

An Arab Moslem man, whose tradition allows him to have four wives, often pursue Israeli Jewish girls in Israel to become one of those “kept women”.

All of us who studied social work in Israel learned the eminent text entitled THE MARK OF CAIN, by criminologist Shlomo Shoham, which sensitized a generation of Israeli social work professionals to learn how a generation of Jewish girls from poverty stricken transit camps for immigrants in the 1950’s and 1960’s were offered to work for Arab Moslem men in their villages, and how many Jewish girls became entrapped for life in Arab villages, where they are second class citizens in the Arab world and disgraced in the eyes of their Jewish families.

While these children of a Jewish mother were still Jewish, they are raised as Moslems.

As a result, as many as 50,000 Jewish children grew up in Israeli Moslem Arab homes.

Today, Jewish girls venture out in Israeli cities where there is a contiguous Moslem population  – in Jerusalem, Lod, Ramle, Jaffa, Nazareth Elite and Haifa – it is hard to resist the charm of middle class Arab me who poses an attraction that a Jewish girl may have difficulty fending off.

Seeing is believing. My office is located in downtown Jerusalem, where young people hang out.  Working late nights, it is easy to see how the new light rail in Jerusalem has brought an influx of young Arab fellows from Arab neighborhoods of Beit Hanina and Shuafat who hang out with Jewish teenage girls and develop relationships that may have unforeseen consequences in the not so distant future.

By not encouraging the use of a book which encourages Arab- Jewish romance , the Israel Ministry of Education conveys the idea that a “word to the wise is sufficient”.


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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: and A new site,, will be launched very soon.