Dating in the middle east
Fifteen members of an extremist Jewish organisation have been arrested for allegedly assaulting and harassing Arab men who date Jewish women.Police arrested the leader of the Lehave, Bentzi Gopstein, and 14 others yesterday from their homes in Israel and the occupied West Bank."Dating" as it is currently practiced in much of the world does not exist among Muslims.Young Islamic men and women (or boys and girls) do not enter into one-on-one intimate relationships, spending time alone together and "getting to know one another" in a very deep way as a precursor to selecting a marital partner.Rather, in Islamic culture, pre-marital relationships of any kind between members of the opposite sex are forbidden.Islam believes the choice of a marriage partner is one of the most important decisions a person will make in his or her lifetime."Significant percentages of gay men in the Middle East find online as a safer way to connect," Sean Howell, president of Hornet, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from New York.
Police said they were influenced by a Lehava video.Raised in Dorset, he holds a BA from The University of Nottingham and an MSc from Lund University School of Economics and Management.Previously he has written about politics, economics and technology for various online publications.Egyptian authorities do not deny going after the LGBT community.Police, state-aligned media, and the religious establishment see it as a public duty to combat the spread of homosexuality.
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