Palestinians are no longer bagging groceries most days at the Rami Levi supermarket at the Gush Etzion junction, after a romance between a Palestinian bagger and a Jewish cashier spurred local rabbis to demand that Levi take action.
In an effort to prevent fraternizing between the Palestinian packers and the female Jewish cashiers, baggers are no longer working at the checkout counters most of the week. An exception was made for the Wednesday and Thursday night shifts, when the checkout counters are so busy that there is little opportunity for conversation.
The decision followed a storm that arose in the Gush Etzion settlements after it was reported that a local girl working as a cashier had become romantically involved with one of the Palestinian baggers.
Workers at the supermarket and a leading local rabbi say the Palestinian worker was fired, but Levi denies that, saying, “He’s gone off to Jordan. When he returns, we’ll see.” The cashier quit on her own.
It was quite a conversation topic and unfortunately, I heard too much discriminatory talk.
Tonight, on Channel One TV news, there was a story by Dana Ben-Shimon at 21:30 concerning a case of sexual abuse by a grocery store manager in a "veteran community in the northern Shomron", Jewish, who admitted acts of sexual abuse of a female worker. He would touch her against her will and she was forced to quit while he is currently at large. This has been under investigation for three months. They broadcast a conversation between the suspect and the victim's husband wherein the suspect admitted to comitting the acts and expressing remorse. The police admitted a complaint had been made and that they are investogating.
Are there parallels between the two cases?