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    • S. Halimi
    • 20.07.10 | 09:26 (IDT)

    Is it illegal to use a nickname rather than your real name? My name is Shlomo, and when I lived in Tunisia , I used my nickname Sammy, because as a Jew I faced several times antisemitism although anti-Jewish racism was not very strong in that country . By doing so, a lot of people believed that I was Muslim. I also had sex with Muslim women (there were almost no Jewish girls left in the country!) who probably thought that I was also Muslim, but I did not even think about it. If they had asked me wether I was a Jew or not, I would tell them the truth, it already happened. Normally, I used to tell people who I knew they had nothing against Jews that I was Jewish, but I just felt it would easier to let people I didn't know believe that I'm Muslim. I didn't even say that I was Muslim, I just said that my name was Sammy which is a common name among Muslims. I don't see why it is a problem to lie about your origins. In the US and in France, many Jews changed their names during the first half of the 20th century, because they wanted their names to sound more American or French. Maybe if we could fight a little bit more racism in Israel, Arabs would not feel the need to hide their origins. They just want to be integrated to the Israeli society. What's the next step, a yellow star for Arabs?

    from the article: Arab man who posed as Jew to seduce woman convicted of rape
    First published 01:54 20.07.10 | Last updated 01:54 20.07.10
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