In response to a report filed by Kol Yehudi that females serving in Sheirut Leumi are too often found mingling with Arab males, Rabbi Tzefanya Drori Shlita, who heads the major Sheirut Leumi organization and serves as the chief rabbi of Kiryat Shmona responded.
The rav explained that today, he is aware of the situation, and there is also a “risk of intermarriage in the military, hospitals, and among drivers (transporting all types of people). It is everywhere” the rav explained.
Kol Yehudi warns that there is an increasing number of documented cases in which frum women are found mingling with Arab males who are found in the mosdos in which they are volunteering, doing their national service instead of serving in the IDF.
The rav told Kol Yehudi a number of months ago that he does not know of any cases personally; but added the number of such cases are few and they must be addressed. Now it appears he has become aware of the situation, which may be more alarming than first believed.
In a different but related matter, Yad L’Achim has launched a campaign to save Jewish women in certain areas in the south, where today, the organization has documented at least 50 Jewish women living with Bedouin men R”L.
It appears that of late, Rav Drori has been made aware of specific cases in addition to receiving more complaints and inquiries expressing concern. The current situation has compelled the rav to investigate towards determining how to address the alarming situation.
Rav Drori feels that main problem exists in Magen David Adom and hospitals, places where there is a more significant Arab presence. The rav was asked if he calls on the Sheirut Leumi females to avoid serving in such places.
He responded by saying “To my sorrow, the parameters are simply unclear and unattainable. If there was a clearly defined scenario and threat I could respond but the problem is the threat [of assimilation] is everywhere. There is not a city that is not facing this problem. Wherever one goes today there is assimilation. In Egged, taxi companies so what can we do? There are places that employ Arabs so what can be done, not taking taxis?”
The rav continues explaining that nevertheless, the problem is more prominent in certain settings, such as hospitals, including Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Bikur Cholim Hospital. “The problem is not just with Sheirut Leumi girls but with nurses too, and even in nursing schools” the rav adds.
He feels the problem is most serious among drivers, since such drivers travel from place-to-place by the nature of their work.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)